Rusty Wallace: NASCAR Champion Accelerates Charitable Giving

Rusty Wallace never let anyone pass him on the race track and he wasn't about to pass up an opportunity to help win the race against kidney disease. A former NASCAR champion who got hooked on the sport at 16, Wallace is thrilled to help accelerate charitable donations through the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Cars Program.

He simply can't get enough of cars. He hit the brakes on his racing career after 55 NASCAR wins over the course of 25 years, but he's still in the pit, as racing analyst for ESPN, owner of two Nationwide race car teams and now, by serving as spokesperson for Kidney Cars.

Wallace is excited to help draw attention to Kidney Cars so that his many fans will become champions for the 26 million Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease. In addition to being featured in the multimedia print, broadcast and online campaign, Wallace plans to do his part to bring awareness through his association with ESPN.

Did one of the best short track drivers in NASCAR history ever personally donate a car? The answer is no, because he's been "lucky enough to drive cars that are in pretty good shape" but he does promise that as soon as one of them gets beat up, he'll send it right over and make it a Kidney Car.

Wallace and his wife Patti have three kids and not surprisingly, they're a team when it comes to the family business. Daughter Katie works at the race shop, son Steven is a racer and son Greg operates all public relations and communications for Rusty Wallace Incorporated. Although there are definitely ups and downs when a family spends every waking moment together, Wallace says it's mainly ups... that is if you can discount the time he nearly fired his kid for coming to work late.

In true Wallace family tradition, the whole car-loving clan has climbed aboard to help with dad's newest venture. As the campaign begins to rev up, son Greg will use his PR prowess to let the world know about the good things that can be done for those in need when cars are donated to the National Kidney Foundation. Driving more Kidney Cars to the finish line is just one more challenge and it's clear the Wallace family is more than up to the task. To help the cause, donate your car today at