Leavine Family Racing Helps FDNY Foundation Raise Funds

Matt DiBenedetto

Leavine Family Racing (LFR) announced today that it will once again partner with the FDNY Foundation aboard the No. 95 Toyota Camry for the third season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  The FDNY Foundation provides funding for programs that advance the New York City Fire Department’s goals, which include maintaining operational excellence, reaching out to the community with an array of fire and health safety programs, and increasing diversity within the Department’s uniformed ranks.

FDNY members are renowned for their bravery and passion for service.  In 2018, they responded without hesitation to an astounding 1.7 million calls. The FDNY Foundation and Leavine Family Racing are teaming up to respond to the FDNY’s request for a state-of-the art training simulator by working together to bring awareness of the Foundation’s efforts to the NASCAR industry.  The Pump Panel Simulator will combine with the Foundation’s driving simulator, which NASCAR helped provide to the FDNY, to train Firefighters on what are perhaps the most crucial and stressful minutes of fire response: arriving quickly and safely to the scene and the urgency to get the right amount of water to the right hoses for rapid extinguishment.

With heavy call volume in the country’s most densely populated city, firefighters don’t have a second to spare when arriving to a fire.  The Pump Panel Simulator works with the driving simulator to give trainers a cutting-edge resource to create realistic scenarios depicting driving to a fire and making the split-second decisions that regulate the water volume and pressure needed.  Practicing in a safe, controlled environment allows Firefighters to hone their skills so that when they are called upon to perform under the most challenging conditions, they are able to fulfill their sacred pledge to save lives. Giving their members the opportunity for rigorous, ongoing training improves safety for Firefighters and the public.

“The FDNY Foundation is very grateful and thrilled for this partnership with Leavine Family Racing and NASCAR to fund a state-of-the-art Pump Panel Simulator for the FDNY Training Academy,” said FDNY Foundation Executive Director Jean O’Shea.

In an effort to help raise awareness, LFR will run an FDNY Foundation paint scheme aboard the No. 95 Toyota Camry at Dover International Speedway for the Gander RV 400 on May 5, 2019.  LFR and the FDNY Foundation have a connection with each other thanks to LFR’s Matt DiLiberto who has been a part of the team’s ownership group since 2016.  DiLiberto currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of SL Green Realty Corp. but he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the FDNY Foundation and has been a firefighter and EMT in New Jersey for more than 20 years

“We are extremely proud to, once again, recognize the brave men and women of the FDNY and the efforts of the FDNY Foundation while showcasing the NASCAR community’s incredible support and generosity to those who selflessly serve our communities every day,” Matt DiLiberto, LFR Partner and Board Member of the FDNY Foundation.

To learn more, or to join the Foundation’s team by donating to the Pump Panel Simulator project, please visit www.fdnyfoundation.org/nascar.


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