On Saturday, June 2, Castrol and John Force Racing hosted ten kids from the Metro Ministries at the Englishtown, NJ drag races. The group arrived in the morning and was welcomed to the Castrol suite where they received reserved front row seating as well as goodie bags with hats, t-shirts, toys and stickers. The kids toured the John Force Racing pit area and met with driver Mike Neff, who spent time with the kids welcoming them to the races and getting to know their various stories.
After the qualifying session the kids returned to the JFR pits and Neff gave them a personalized walk-through of the teardown process his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang was undergoing. The kids had many questions from “How does it feel to go 300 mph?” to “How sweaty do you get in your fire suit?”
“I met Pastor Bill Wilson a number of years ago and I have been involved with Metro Ministries since then,” said Neff. “This is the first time we have hosted a big group of kids and it was amazing. I have to thank Castrol and Lori Anne Gola for going the extra mile with goodie bags and the tickets. They are a great sponsor and to help these kids like that means a lot.”
According to Neff, “It puts a lot in perspective when you talk with the kids, some who might never have had a chance to leave the city, and see that they are seeing a whole new world. You hope that this inspires them and encourages them to keep being good kids. It was an awesome experience for me personally and I feel lucky to have been able to help Metro Ministries.”
Metro Ministries is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving inner-city children and their families throughout the five boroughs of New York City and in various urban centers around the world. The organization was established in 1980.