When Erik Jones, the 17-year-old NASCAR driving phenom, buckles into the Kyle Busch Motorsports #51 Toyota for the next couple of weekends of racing, his newest partner will be Wake Up Narcolepsy (WUN). WUN is a leading international nonprofit dedicated to speeding narcolepsy diagnosis through greater awareness and funding research for a cure to this sleep disorder, which affects millions worldwide.
The #51 Toyota will prominently display the WUN logo at both the sold-out Nashville Fairgrounds All-American 400 Super Late Model event on November 2, and again in the Lucas 150, the November 8 stop of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix International Speedway.
“Riding alongside Erik is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about narcolepsy, a devastating sleep disorder affecting 200,000 Americans, including many children and young adults,” says Monica Gow, WUN Executive Director and co-founder, in a release.
“Like our new awareness campaign, and like drivers everywhere, Erik needs to be fully ‘Awake at the Wheel’ as he pilots the #51. We couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with this up-and-coming star and the KBM garage,” she says. “Erik is at the age at which narcolepsy often first strikes, making our partnership especially apropos.”
In a release, Jones says, “I’m proud to be associated with Wake Up Narcolepsy and its mission to help the millions of people living with narcolepsy. When the green flag drops in Nashville and Phoenix, I’ll be pulling out all the stops to get the #51 Toyota into the lead and be right there for the checkered flag. This is a huge opportunity for KBM and WUN!”
Learn more at www.wakeupnarcolepsy.org.