NCH 200:More Than a NASCAR Race

NASCAR and Nationwide Children’s. Those two words sound really good together! We are happy to report that the inaugural Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 held at Mid-Ohio Car Course is in the books, and it was a HUGE success. This event was the first time that the NASCAR Nationwide Series was brought to Ohio. And it’s all thanks to Nationwide Insurance. Because of this partnership and the national awareness opportunities this race brought, a bright light was cast on the work here and our patients.

We never imagined the level of engagement of the NASCAR racers. Teams and drivers asked their fans to support the hospital and called for people to text donations. And if that wasn’t enough, 13 incredible teams donated a collective $650,000 of marketing real estate on cars to showcase the names and likenesses of our designated NCH200 patient champions.  It was also a day our patient and families won’t soon forget. They spent the day with some of NASCAR’s biggest stars. From the pre-race drivers meeting, touring the garages and even sitting in the pit boxes, it was an action-packed day.

This video tells the story of a children’s hospital and an insurance company, partnering to create an extraordinary event for everyone involved. A very special thank you to all the drivers, their teams, NASCAR, Mid-Ohio and Nationwide.

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

2 thoughts on “NCH 200:More Than a NASCAR Race

  1. Linda Ventresco on said:

    I would like to comment on an issue at the nascar race-It was great we got food vouchers but the lines were sooo long you could not get food-then when we did stand in line they ran out of hamburgers….not nearly enough cashiers open to cover that size of a crowd. It was hot standing in the sun that long and missing the race to try and get food. Thanks!

  2. Morgan Passmore on said:

    We are sorry for the long lines found at Stand One (Infield concession stand just over the bridge). Our staff did its best to keep food coming out fresh and hot while feeding a large number of people, but understand your frustration on the long waits.

    Some other concession stands had shorter lines and we tried alleviating wait times by directing some of the crowd that way. Obviously, that didn’t happen as well as it should have and we’re very sorry you had to wait. Do you know which stand you were in line for?

    I’m glad to hear you had a good time at Mid-Ohio otherwise and hope to see you at the track again next year!

    – Mid-Ohio Food Service Manager

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