Hunger and homelessness, doesn't know a race or gender. Our goal is to help everyone!
The Laster Family has been involved in racing for what seems like forever. The patriarch, Dane Laster spent his youth attending races around the Indianapolis area with his mom and dad, his grandpa or anyone he could convince to take him. As he got older he began to help local drivers work on their cars, then he sponsored them and finally becoming a car owner before he decided to strap in and be a race car driver himself, mainly racing Outlaw Figure 8 cars throughout the Midwest and Florida. Tamara Laster grew up as an Illinois farm girl and followed along with her father to tractor pulling contests throughout the Midwest. So when they were married and son Brayton Laster came along, there should of been no doubt he would love racing. He climbed into his first race car at age 8 (a caged go kart). He quickly moved up the ranks driving his first full size stock car at age 12 (a 77 Thunderbird). He currently races Super Dirt Late Models around the Midwest, and in the ARCA Menards Series (a touring division of NASCAR). He has even got to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
The Laster Family has always had a soft spot to help the less fortunate. Every year when the temperature starts to drop in the Indianapolis area, it has become an annual tradition to stock up on gloves and some non perishable foods and find the homeless around Indy and donate these items to them. As Brayton has become more and more blessed with the opportunity to do what not only he loves, but the whole family loves, they felt the need to use the attention he gets as a means to channel the attention to a much needed cause, to help the hungry and homeless.
Drive for Humanity is a 501(c)(3)
Our program is really quite simple, through motorsports, we are bringing more awareness to the hunger and homeless problem this country faces.
We use the positive attention our drivers get to help start food drives in local areas. One of the main tools is to have local schools conduct food drives, the class that collects the most canned goods, wins a pizza party with a driver. During the pizza party the driver will speak with the students about their own personal struggles and the importance of getting a good education. They will explain how they overcame the odds to get where they are today and explain to them how they can do the same. The immediate goal is to collect food for the local food pantries, giving the students a nice "treat", while getting some local pizzerias involved and motivating the students to chase their goals, their education and not to give up when it gets tough. This will help with the long term goal of preventing homelessness and hunger in the future by breaking the poverty cycle through education.
Racing to stop hunger and homelessness-Brayton Laster on dirt
Food justice is an important part of community justice. We take donations from local businesses and use them to fight hunger. Help us connect with donors and with people in need.
We need volunteers. You don't just need to be a race car driver to help out. There is plenty to do. We need help connecting to local business to donate food, toiletries, or anything to help out. We also need help raising funds.
The racing community is full of people who want to help. We work to help the people providing services with the people who need them. Come connect with people in new ways.
Brayton Laster has been racing since he was 8 years old. He currently competes in Super Dirt Late models through out the Midwest and in select ARCA Menards Series races (A touring division of NASCAR). He is from and resides in Greenwood, Indiana
Michael Klein like most racers started off wheeling go karts around Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. He has moved on up into Midgets, Super Dirt Late Models, Asphalt Late Models and is getting ready to take the leap into the ARCA Menards Series (A touring division of NASCAR) in 2023. Michael calls Elsmere, Kentucky home.
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