GLENVILLE, Penn. – Todd Peck isn’t about to let arthritis slow him down. As a matter of fact, he plans on going faster than ever in 2013. He announced today that he will return to drive his family-owned Peck Motorsports No. 40 Arthritis Foundation Chevrolet Silverado in a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. His truck was unveiled in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Arthritis Foundation at OrthoCarolina. Peck, who was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at a young age, will continue using his racing platform to show everyone that you can still live an active and fast-paced life with the condition.
“Everyone at Peck Motorsports is extremely excited about the season ahead,” Peck said. “We’re more prepared than ever before. Now that we have enough Truck Series races under our belt to assess our program, I feel like we have a much better idea of our strengths and weaknesses. We’ve targeted the areas that need improvement and have been hard at work to correct those. I think everything we do on the track and off of the track will be a step above last season. I’m really looking forward to getting back and showing how far we’ve come.
Peck will continue his association with the Arthritis Foundation in 2013. As someone who faces the daily struggles of arthritis, Peck wanted to inspire others with the condition to live an active, healthy lifestyle. He reached out to the foundation during his inaugural Truck Series season in 2011. Through the partnership, he’s helped bring national attention to arthritis through the foundation’s branding on his truck, as well as speaking at several arthritis conventions across the country. He’s also hosted numerous children with the condition and their families at race events.
“The Arthritis Foundation is pleased to continue our partnership with Todd Peck in 2013,” said Stephani Tucker, Arthritis Foundation Director of Development, Mid-Atlantic Region. “Todd has been a great example to others with arthritis. We appreciate all he does to bring awareness to the condition. He and his NASCAR team have been a great partner of the Arthritis Foundation and we look forward to another great year together.”
The truck Peck will pilot throughout 2013 was revealed at the OrthoCarolina office on Randolph Road in Charlotte, N.C., where its sports medicine center is housed. On hand were several physicians, patients and race fans.
“I’m very proud of our association with the Arthritis Foundation,” said Keith Wolfe, general manager of Peck Motorsports. “I hope that we’ve shown that you can live a very dynamic life, even with arthritis. People are always surprised to hear that Todd has the condition. They didn’t think that someone with arthritis could be a race car driver. It’s really gratifying when we show kids and adults that they can still be very active.”
Peck’s first race will be at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, June 27. The remaining races are to be determined.