Jeannette Good developed an interest in NASCAR around the age of 12. She listened to radio broadcasts of races with her father and scanned newspapers to find out who was leading the pack. She remembers hearing about the opening of Darlington Raceway in 1950 and always wanted to see a race there, but never got the chance. Thanks to a partnership between Brookdale Senior Living and Wish of a Lifetime, Jeannette finally had her wish fulfilled.
Jeannette, a resident of Brookdale Southpointe Drive in Greenville, South Carolina, received a VIP pass to the Bojangles Southern 500 held Sept. 2, at Darlington Raceway. Officials at the racing venue gave Jeannette a tour of the pits, garages and racetrack. She even got to attend a driver question and answer session and shook hands with NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers, Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace, and former crew chief turned racing analyst, Ray Evernham.
“My favorite part was getting a handshake and a hug from Mark Martin,” Jeannette said. “I got more VIP treatment than the South Carolina governor and he was there. Those passes for the garage and pits are not easy to come by.”
Her visit to Darlington Raceway was covered by two local TV stations and SCnow.com. Jeannette also got to watch a Clay Walker concert and listen to the pop-group, Hanson, perform the national anthem. She got her picture with the trio. She and her brother-n-law had prime seats to watch the race.
“He offered me ear plugs and I said, ‘No,’” she said. “I wanted to hear that sweet, sweet music. That’s what I think of the cars going around the race track. It’s music.”
The experience was a dream come true for Jeannette, 72, who once struggled to maintain a healthy lifestyle and strong relationships. However, she now receives the support and resources needed to live a healthy and thriving life at Brookdale, where she’s developed friendships with fellow residents and associates. Her trip to Darlington was yet another blessing Brookdale has provided.