NASCAR driver challenges fans to join race against breast cancer

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Third generation race car driver, Taylor Stricklin, challenged all NASCAR fans to join the 17th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and support the battle against breast cancer.

Stricklin will participate in the "most important" race of the year when he meets and greets his NASCAR fans and thousands of others who will gather in uptown Charlotte's Marshall Park for the annual 5K event on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.

"We race every weekend, but this race is the most important because it supports our local community and funds research to help end breast cancer forever," said Stricklin, who will take a break from his competition in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series to support Komen's Race for the Cure.

Taylor, a 6'7" scholar athlete, is the 24-year old son of former NASCAR driver Hut Stricklin and grandson of NASCAR legend Donnie Allison.

"I encourage you to register for this event because everyone knows someone who is affected by this disease," Stricklin said, recalling his own great-grandmother's battle with breast cancer. "There are many wonderful survivor stories, but too many people still do not win the battle. And that needs to end. Let's get together at the Race for the Cure and make a difference."

Online registration is open now through September 28th. Go to Komen Charlotte's website at and register as an individual, join a team, or donate to an individual/team.