Stafford Springs, CT — Quinn Christopher, wife of the late Stafford Speedway legend Ted Christopher, has launched the Ted Christopher Drive for Safety Initiative for the 2020 season at Stafford. The program, aimed to increase driver safety awareness, is donating safety gear to all drivers registered for the 2020 race season at Stafford Speedway.
Funded by the Ted Christopher Memorial, the Ted Christopher Drive for Safety Initiative will provide eligible drivers with either a Nomex undershirt, Carbonx single layer head sock, or helmet skirt. Also participating drivers will be entered into a drawing to win a fully custom, Leaf Racewear, double-layer, pro series race suit, including custom design, custom fit, and embroidery. The fire suit will be awarded at the annual TC 13 SK Modified® Shootout scheduled for July 10th.
“Teddy is my inspiration for this,” explained Quinn Christopher. “He always told me that being safe while racing was important to him and he would spend whatever he needed in order to accomplish that.”
A Stafford Speedway competitor for over 30 years, Ted Christopher is remembered as one of the greatest all-time Stafford drivers. Christopher scored 131 wins including 109 SK Modified® wins to go along with 9 SK Modified® track championships, leading the way in all three categories.
Though Ted will always be remembered as one of the best on track, many remember his character and passion for racing off the track serving as a mentor and hero for many young drivers over the years. Christopher was a big proponent of driver safety throughout his many seasons at Stafford, known for sharing that philosophy with other drivers. This memory of Ted pushed Quinn to develop the safety initiative.
“I want drivers to take safety seriously when they race. It is not only protection for them but keeps them safe for their family and friends, which was Teddy’s priority always,” continued Christopher. ”I’ve heard of race car drivers being in accidents and getting burned. Using the money from the Ted Christopher Memorial will not only honor and keep his memory alive, it will hopefully prevent such injuries to drivers at Stafford Motor Speedway.”
“I want to thank Leaf Racewear for helping me with this initiative,” said Christopher. “Teddy had a long-standing business relationship with Leaf for many years. More than once, thank God, Teddy was fortunately wearing their gear while racing.”
To participate, drivers must be registered to compete in one of Stafford Speedway’s five weekly racing divisions for the 2020 season. Eligible drivers can complete an online form to select their safety equipment and corresponding size. All safety equipment will be distributed at the 2020 NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler scheduled for April 25th and 26th.
“I appreciate the racing community for continuing to remember and honor Teddy with their race tributes like the TC shootout at Stafford,” continued Quinn Christopher. “It has also been nice to see many of Teddy’s friends and fans at the racetrack over the past two years sharing their favorite TC stories with me. It truly means a lot to know how much he is loved, admired and missed.”
To participate in the Ted Christopher Drive for Safety Initiative drivers must be registered to compete at Stafford Speedway for the 2020 season and are required to complete an online form available here: Ted Christopher Drive for Safety Online Form. Submissions for the program are due before March 1, 2020.
For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.
-Stafford Motor Speedway Press Release & Photo