Arkansas Is Using a Dirt Track Race Car to Promote Vaccination

Lisa Steuer McArdle
· 3 min read
vaccine offers everyone a chance to protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus. But today, many parts of the U.S. are experiencing low vaccination rates.
In efforts to spread the word on the effectiveness of vaccines, some places are trying unique methods. According to
, a dirt track
race car
will soon be touring
to promote the vaccine.
A dirt track race car will soon be touring Arkansas to promote the coronavirus vaccine.

Vaccinate Arkansas takes the track

To help get the word out about the COVID vaccine, the Arkansas Department of Health has partnered with Andrews Autosport. Together, they have unveiled a dirt track race car with a purpose. Its name is Vaccinate Arkansas.
Dirt track veteran Peyton Taylor will drive the car. It sports a white paint scheme that reads "Vaccinate Arkansas" on the hood and sides. To encourage others to talk about the vaccine, the race car also features the hashtag #VaxAR.
The plan is for Vaccinate Arkansas to enter races across the state. It debuted at Batesville Motor Speedway, and the goal is for the car to tour the Arkansas dirt track racing scene.

Arkansas’ push for vaccines

Low COVID-19 vaccination rates may be to blame for rises in COVID-19 cases in some areas of the United States, like Arkansas.
According to
, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas was recently full because of the increase in COVID-19 cases. This comes as the Delta variant, which is reportedly transmitted easier than previous variants, continues to spread across the country. The low vaccine rate in the state also has reportedly played a major role in this.
There have been glimpses of hope in Arkansas, though. The state has seen an increase in vaccines in response to the climbing number of cases. Promotions like the Vaccinate Arkansas race car could be beneficial as well.

How Vaccinate Arkansas seeks to help

As Vaccinate Arkansas races through the state, it seeks to do more than simply spread awareness of the vaccine. The goal for the Arkansas Department of Health and Andrews Autosport is to make vaccine access easier and to incentivize vaccines.
Rural areas often have lower vaccination rates. Along with the Vaccinate Arkansas car, the Arkansas Department of Health will host vaccine drives at the tracks they race at. Racing fans can get vaccinated and enjoy a race on the same day.
For the drivers of the dirt races, there are incentives to being vaccinated as well. According to
Fox 16
, winning drivers will receive larger purses if they are vaccinated.
Vaccinate Arkansas is the product of a unique partnership, and it is showing the clever ways that states are working to boost vaccine numbers. Dirt track fans in Arkansas can expect to see the car at their local track soon.
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