Thomas "Moose" Praytor will race his AJ McCarron helmet for the final time at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 at Talladega on May 3rd before donating it to the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.
Praytor debuted the McCarron helmet at Daytona International Speedway to celebrate Alabama's 15th National Championship. With his old teammate as the Grand Marshall, the Moose raced the helmet again during the ARCA-Mobile 200 in March. After 250 miles in his REALTOR Ford Fusion in the ARCA race on May 3rd, Praytor will remove his helmet, autograph it along side AJ McCarron's signature and bring it directly to AIDB (Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind) Race Fever auction at the SPEED Channel Dome at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame that night.
"We are really excited to have the Moose's helmet as part of our auction this year," said Jessica Parker, Assistant Director of Development AIDB. We are known for unique auction items and any time we can put racing and football together it's a win for our kids!"
Wearing McCarron's number is not the only thing Praytor has in common with the three time National Champion quarterback. The two were teammates throughout middle school and high school where Praytor was one of McCarron's centers at St. Paul's in Mobile, Alabama winning an Alabama State Championship together in 2007.
"It's a big deal for me to have the opportunity to race at Talladega again but it is a HUGE deal for me to be able to help contribute to such a good cause," offered Praytor, "I wouldn't be where I am right now if it weren't for all the people who helped me along the way, it feels good to be able to give back. AIDB does a great job and Race Fever is huge part of Talladega weekend."
The International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 is the start of Aarons Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway May 3rd-5th. The race will be broadcast live on Speed TV and hosted on radio by Thunder 92.7 at 4:00 PM CST. The radio broadcast along with timing and scoring will be streamed live on www.arcaracing.com.
AIDB-The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is the nation's most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and employment system serving children and adults who are deaf, blind and multidisabled with a myriad of programs designed just for them. For more than a century and a half, AIDB has been investing in the lives of thousands of infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors who are challenged by hearing and vision loss. With five campuses and eight regional centers throughout Alabama, AIDB's business is personal.
About the Moose: Thomas "Moose" Praytor has been turning laps since he was 8 years old. The reigning Ironman of the Gulf Coast, the Moose has an impressive racing resume including Local and State Championships along with several US Army Rookie of the Year titles. Off the Track: Thomas is a 3rd generation REALTOR in Mobile, Alabama. Praytor was one of National Champion Quarterback AJ McCarron's centers in high school.