Josh Bilicki, Rich Mar Florist and Lemons of Love Bring Cancer Awareness to the Roval

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By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

Josh Bilicki will pilot a special looking car this weekend as the driver heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval. Bilicki will drive the No. 51 Ford Mustang for Rick Ware Racing where he will sport a black and pink scheme to bring awareness to breast cancer awareness and his partner Lemons of Love.

“Lemons of Love is an organization that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with for the past five plus years,” says Bilicki.  “Jill Swanson Peltier, the founder, has been very active in the racing community, and she always goes above and beyond to take care of individuals who are going through this heart-breaking illness.  Being that it’s breast cancer awareness month, this is the very least we can do to give back to Jill and raise awareness for her wonderful organization.”

“It is an honor and a pleasure to work with Josh Bilicki,” says Jill Swanson Peltier, founder of Lemons of Love.  “Josh brings excellence to racing as well as professionalism. We are thrilled to have him as an ambassador for Lemons of Love.  We look forward to sharing the love with the NASCAR community.  We wish Josh the best this weekend.”

Lemons of Love is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was created in 2014 when its founder Jill Swanson Peltier was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. When she began chemotherapy, a friend gave her a small goodie bag filled with items to help her through treatment. Jill was greatly touched by the gift she received from her friend and knew it was something every cancer patient should receive. Now today, Lemons of Love shares chemo care packages with cancer patients around the world and also provides programming at its Lemons of Love Cancer Resource Center located in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.

This weekend, Rich Mar Florist will adorn the hood of Bilicki’s No. 51 Ford Mustang as a co-primary sponsor. The company isn’t new to NASCAR as a sponsor or tracks in general as the florist company is now a proud track partner of both Pocono Raceway and Dover International Speedway.

“Josh and I have worked on small sponsorships these past two seasons, I am honored to finally have a primary sponsorship with him,” said Jonathan Morrissey, Vice President of Rich Mar Florist.  “Cancer awareness is near and dear to our family, so I want to thank Josh and Rick Ware Racing for embracing it.  Josh is a great road course driver, and I am very excited to see the results this weekend.”

This Sunday’s Bank of America Roval 400 will be Bilicki’s 18th start in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020 as he also will also have partners The Builders Outlet Super Store (BOSS), Custom Fiberglass Molding, Insurance King, and Fort Worth Screen Printing on board.

In 18 NCS starts this season, Bilicki has a best finish of 25th twice coming at both Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway.

The Bank of America Roval 400 NASCAR Cup Series race will take place on Sunday, October 11th at 2:30PM ET.  It will be televised on NBC.

Photo Credit: Josh Bilicki Racing

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Sarah Handy
A native of Rhode Island, and not growing up in a family that followed much racing, she watched it on occasion as a youngster, but her passion for the sport truly came to light around 2002-2003. Sarah currently attends Southern New Hampshire University and is slated to graduate in October of this year. At that time, she will have earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In 2016, after starting her own blog not to much avail, Sarah was approached to join Rubbings Racing as a Staff Writer. She went on to spend about three years writing for the outlet and helping manage their social media accounts. Following her time with Rubbings Racing, Sarah went on to join Kickin’ the Tires in May of 2019 with this year being her second full season with the outlet. Her favorite tracks include her home track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway to name a few. In addition to her racing work with Kickin’ the Tires, Sarah is also in charge of Marketing Outreach for NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series driver, Ryan Ellis. When not at the racetrack, she enjoys reading, running, soccer and hanging out with her friends. .

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