CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR driver David Ragan was of course on the track Sunday hoping for another big win. But we caught up with him as he got ready for the race to talk about something that's just as important to him - his big brother.
The winner of Talladega last year, David Ragan seems most at ease with his family around including big brother Adam - who has Down Syndrome.
When I won the race at Talledega last year, Adam missed it, David told us. His brother chimed in, completing his sentence. I missed it!
So he had to watch it on tv, will you ever miss another race, asked David of his brother.
I never miss a race in my 30 years, he smiled.
Mom Beverly says her sons have always been close, the whole family really. We are and that s very important. We came from a small town, my husband s always liked sports so we re just all in it together, Beverly told us.
The Ragan brothers have both had success with cars. Adam works hard at the family dealership.
He stays busy selling cars, David says. Adam, again jumps in. I was busy selling cars!
How many cars or trucks have you sold this week, asks Adam.
Whole bunch of them, says Adam.
How many, insists David.
I can t count, replies Adam.
Adam has advice for his kid brother.
He s saying hold it to the floor and win the race on Sunday that s pretty simple isn t it, David says.
Next month the brothers will hit the road together with their whole family competing in a road rally to raise money for down syndrome research.
Having an older brother with down syndrome is something that we ve had to live with our entire life and we ve seen the good things and we want to share that with other families.
Both brothers are serving as ambassadors for the Race for Research, a road rally that will have driving teams racing from Winston Salem to Charlotte, competing in a racing themed scavenger hunt along the way. All the money raised will go to research on down syndrome.
For more information on how you can participate, click here.