CHARLOTTE (April 30, 2022) — For the second consecutive race this season Kalitta Motorsports hosted a special guest at the races. Today Aurora Luna, an 11-year-old from Concord, North Carolina, along with her parents, Aly and Tim, and two of her siblings Josh (14), and Mia (8) spent the day with Kaliita Motorsports drivers Doug Kalitta, Shawn Langdon and J.R. Todd. Aurora enjoys watching racing with her dad and her mom has fond memories of Aurora being propped up in her highchair as early as six months old clapping and watching races with her family. Today she was able to sit in Doug Kalitta’s Autodesk Toyota Top Fuel dragster and talk with all the drivers about what it is like to race at speeds over 330 miles per hour.
“Today was so much fun,” said Aurora, who also enjoys makeup, fashion, singing, and dancing. “The drivers were very nice. This was a fun day with my family and I want to thank J.R., Doug and Shawn for making me feel special.”
Through their ongoing partnership with A Kid Again, a nonprofit organization fostering hope, happiness and healing for children facing life-threatening conditions and their families, Kalitta Motorsports will host children and families like Aurora throughout the 2022 NHRA season at select events. At two and half years old, Aurora began having episodes where she would pass out and experience an extremely low heart rate. Over the next several years of visiting multiple doctors and adding new symptoms, one of her doctors suggested a scan to try to pinpoint what was going on. At 6 years old, Aurora was diagnosed with Periventricular Nodular Heterotopia. This is a brain malformation where the neurons have not spread to the gray matter. This causes epilepsy and seizures, both of which Aurora battles with each day.
Aurora and her family are active in our A Kid Again – Central Carolinas chapter and love being a part of the Adventures with other families like them. A Kid Again has provided so many very needed opportunities for their family to carve out time together and make happy memories that they would otherwise not be able to do. Kalitta Motorsports continues to work with A Kid Again to give more children and families across the country fun adventures.