DATE: October 18, 2013
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MEDIA CONTACT: Richard Sluman, Broward County
Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla – South Florida resident and Take 5 to Stay Alive. Don’t Text and Drive spokesperson Gabby Chaves is scheduled to compete in his final race of the season tomorrow, Saturday, October 19, and the reward could be a big one for the former Weston High School student. The popular Firestone Indy Lights race car driver is up for a million dollar scholarship prize this weekend as he enters the race near the top of the leader board. Chaves is currently ranked second based on his performances through the year and a strong Saturday finish may push him to the top, a first for his career.
"Gabby Chaves is a true champion on and off the track. We will be cheering him on to victory this weekend where he will set the example by driving without any distractions. No matter what place he finishes, though, he has already been a tremendous success in something of even greater importance - changing the lives of young drivers by influencing them to stop texting and driving,” commented Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca.
“This weekend is the last race for the 2013 season. Going for the championship, I have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” said Chaves. “With the success of our team this year, I hope to have a bigger platform to get our no texting while driving message out.”
Following this weekend’s race, Chaves will return to South Florida and continue to advocate for Take 5 to Stay Alive, a public education campaign to end distracted driving. The youth-oriented effort is run by the Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services with collaboration of non-profit and municipal partners throughout the County.
Chaves will be speaking to school assemblies across the County in the upcoming months, as his schedule permits. School administrations are encouraged to contact Rick Sluman with the Office of the Medical Examiner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-357-5235 for more information on Chaves’ availability.