IRWINDALE, Calif. - - Page Jones, the youngest son of racing legend Parnelli Jones, has been announced as the Grand Marshal of the LucasOilRacing.TV King of the Wing sprint car event set for this Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway.
Presented by Kingdom Racing, the event will bring together the best winged pavement sprint car drivers from all across North America for a "Sprint Car Shoot-Out" that's guaranteed to have fans on the edge of their seats all evening long.
Saturday night," said former Indy driver and King of the Wing series promoter Davey Hamilton. "Page's brilliant driving career was cut way short, but what he's gone on to do to advance the cause of severe traumatic brain injury by telling his own incredible story of recovery and rehabilitation, makes him an even greater champion in everyone's eyes. It's really our honor to have him at our event."
Jones' story has recently been made into a very dramatic documentary film entitled: "GODSPEED: The Story of Page Jones" Chronicling some 20 years since his injury, he and his family simply go about redefining the word "victory" while advocating for access to long-term rehabilitation for others. Page is living proof that with support, quality lives are within reach.
Suffering a severe brain injury, Page Jones would not wake up fully for many months thereafter. Page really doesn't remember being 22 but video footage from his early recovery shows his struggle. The Jones family, along with a dedicated support group of friends, rallied around Page working ceaselessly almost around the clock for a full decade to bring him back from the terrible devastation that almost snuffed him out as a person.
Page is a working miracle and still a work in progress. He has become a high profile advocate for many others who struggle with traumatic brain injuries. His message is two-fold: access to quality rehabilitation is essential and (in the best tradition of racing) never give up.
Jones has recently established a foundation to contribute to programs that assist those who sustain a brain injury and their families with an emphasis on the importance of rehabilitation.
The foundation's mantra: "Making a Difference When Everything is Different - Every Story Matters..." is really the roadmap that Page's family and friends followed to help guide him out of his darkness.
Heroes come in various shades of accomplishment ... Page Jones' special brand of personal heroism is something that all racing fans everywhere can be very proud of.