Mazda MX-5 Cup Team Launches Effort To Provide Toys To Children’s National Patients

I absolutely love it the car culture can rally together for something good, especially when that “good” helps children.  Mazda MX-5 Cup Team MEATHEAD Racing has just announced that they will be collecting toy and book donations at the Global MX-5 Cup race at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) on August 26th through August 28th.  The toys and books will help fill “Jake’s Toy Box”.  Jake’s Toy Box was created by MEATHEAD Racing’s founder Mike Collins and his wife, Wendy to honor their son Jake who unfortunately passed away from a mitochondria disorder.  During Jake’s battle with his illness he and his parents received great support from the staff at Children’s National in Washington D.C.  Jake’s Toy Box honors Jake by providing toys and books to “Dr. Bear’s Closet” which distributes the toys and books to young patients at the hospital.

At the race over the weekend MEATHEAD Racing will have several donation bins at their paddock to collect new toys and books for Children’s National and they will also run the Children’s National logo on both the #75 and #76 cars during the race weekend.

If you’ll be attending the race, help out by brining a new book or toy and take them to the MEATHEAD Racing paddock.  If you will not be at the race but want to help then you can still donate by clicking HERE to visit the online donation page.  For more information about MEATHEAD Racing and Jake’s Toy Box check out the press release below.

Press Release:

MEATHEAD Racing To Collect Donations For Jake’s Toy Box During Mazda MX-5 Cup Race Weekend At VIR

– Team asks for support of the motorsports community and fans to fill Jake’s Toy Box with new books and toys for patients at Children’s National –


SUMMIT POINT, WV (August 16, 2016) – MEATHEAD Racing will be collecting new books and toys during the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires race weekend at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) August 26-28, 2016.  The books and toys will help fill Jake’s Toy Box, which was created by MEATHEAD Racing founder Mike Collins and his wife Wendy in honor of their son, Jackson “Jake” Collins, to support Dr. Bear’s Closet at Children’s National in Washington, DC.  Dr. Bear’s Closet provides toys, books, and games to patients at Children’s National and within Dr. Bear’s Closet is Jake’s Toy Box.

With the help of family, friends, and long-time partner Books-A-Million, the Collins Family and MEATHEAD Racing have donated a hundred thousand dollars worth of books, toys, and monetary donations for more than a decade.  The Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race weekend at VIR offers the perfect opportunity to continue the support for Children’s National and their patients.  MEATHEAD Racing will have donation bins in the team’s paddock and hopes that drivers, teams, guests, and fans will consider bringing a new book or toy to the track.  In addition, the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Cars of MEATHEAD Racing drivers Mike Collins (#75) and Nick Bruni (#76) will feature the Children’s National logo to honor Jake’s legacy and the great work of the doctors and staff at Children’s National.

At the age of 4 months Jake was first diagnosed with being developmentally delayed and was referred to Children’s National.  Over the next twelve months Jake remained in the care of Children’s National while they searched for the cause of his illness.  Throughout those twelve months, Jake developed seizures, lost eyesight and eventually was tube fed.  Even though he could not sit up, walk, or talk, he maintained a happy disposition through his numerous doctor’s visits, tests, and daily therapies.  At thirteen months old, Jake was finally diagnosed with a mitochondria disorder.  At fourteen months old when the disease became too much for Jake’s weakened body, he passed away.  The doctors and nurses at Children’s National were a constant support network and love for both Jake and his parents.  Jake’s Toy Box continues to honor Jake’s legacy and helps these doctors and nurses provide that same support and love to other parents.

About Children’s National:

Serving the nation’s children for more than 145 years, Children’s National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.  The internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals treats more than 300,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world.  As a top 10 children’s hospital, Children’s National brings together collective expertise and a shared purpose to help make families stronger.  Children are cared for by the best, most dedicated experts in the region.  Not only is Children’s National ranked best of the best by U.S. News & World Report, but the nurses are nationally recognized for their experience, skill, and dedication to children.  As the only health system designed for kids in the Washington metropolitan area, Children’s National believes every child should be cared for by professionals who have devoted their career to children’s medicine.  At Children’s National, they are dedicated to providing the best pediatric care for their patients, families, and community.  Their vision for the future is becoming more focused on helping kids avoid getting sick in the first place.  At Children’s National, they don’t just want kids to grow up.  They want them to grow up stronger.

About the MX-5 Cup:

The MX-5 Cup race cars start as complete MX-5 road cars from the Mazda Hiroshima, Japan factory before being transported to engineering development partner Long Road Racing in Statesville, North Carolina where they are produced into a race car.  The process includes disassembly of the production car, welding and paint of a full roll cage and interior, and assembly of the race car, adding more than 250 motorsports-specific parts. Other components of the car, including the Mazda SKYACTIV 2.0 liter engine are sealed to ensure even competition and a cost effective platform.  The Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires is the signature spec series for the Mazda Road to 24 (#MRT24), the sports car counterpart to the Mazda Road to Indy (#MRTI).  On both paths, Mazda-powered champions earn a Mazda scholarship to advance their career. The MX-5 Cup champion earns a $200,000 scholarship.

About MEATHEAD Racing:

For more than a decade, MEATHEAD Racing has conquered amateur motorsports as one of the largest race teams in the country. Founded in 2002 and based at Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia, MEATHEAD Racing travels to over 20 race tracks across the United States. At Summit Point, the team operates a 4,800 square feet facility, where it services and builds Mazda MX-5 cars of all generations. During the racing season, MEATHEAD Racing routinely supports 15 to 25 race cars, competing in five different competition classes, in events sanctioned by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). The 2016 season marks the team’s move from amateur racing to a nationwide, professional series—the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires.  Follow all of the latest news on Twitter (@MEATHEADRacing) and on Facebook (MEATHEAD Racing).

Contact: Karen Dildei, MEATHEAD Racing,, (301) 351-1200

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