Sonoma Raceway and its fans helped local blood banks hit the jackpot on Tuesday as more than 50 people donated blood at the raceway's 15th annual Verihealth High-Speed Blood Drive.

Sonoma Raceway and Blood Centers of the Pacific (BCP) teamed up on the drive, which garnered 60 total units of blood. Since 2001, the High-Speed Blood Drive has generated over 1,300 pints of blood for local area blood banks.

There was an extra treat for all donors on Tuesday: a high-speed lap around the 12-turn road course in a Toyota Camry with a professional driving instructor.

"Donating blood is important because it helps save lives. It can benefit so many people and it's selfless," said Adrienne Barberich, a first-time donor and senior at Drake High School in San Anselmo. "But my favorite part of the day was definitely the hot lap. The way you are thrown around the car was crazy."

In addition to blood donations, Donor Network West, which works to save and heal lives through organ and tissue donation, was on site providing information and encouraging participants to become organ donors. For more information on how to become an organ or tissue donor, visit

The summer is an important time for blood banks, as the number of donations declines, while the demand continues or even increases. The need for blood is even higher than usual this year with blood banks currently facing a shortage of both blood donations and donors.

As a special promotion for the month of September, BCP is offering donors the chance to win a 2016 Toyota Prius. Anyone who makes a blood donation during the month of September is automatically entered into the drawing. For more information on donating blood with Blood Centers of the Pacific, visit