By Becky Maxedon
One of the perks of being in Lake Havasu City when one of the many major events comes to town is that sometimes the city benefits in more ways than one.
Super Cat Fest 2021 featuring some of the fastest catamarans in the country is in Havasu this weekend and has brought with it a young NASCAR star with a passion for animals. And not just any animals … those that are found in shelters seeking forever homes.
Brittney Zamora began her racing career when she was 4 years old. She is making her way up through the ranks of NASCAR driving stock cars. Zamora competed in the NASCAR K&N Series in 2019 and is now racing throughout the country.
“We’re here in Lake Havasu City for Super Cat Fest. I’m really excited to be a part of this event,” Zamora said.
But that’s not the only interest she has this weekend.
“We created Pit Road Pals in 2020. Our mission is to promote animal adoption throughout the country and to promote their wellness after adoption,” Zamora said.
Pit Road Pals was started to help increase awareness for shelter pets. Zamora believes her racing platform and coast-to-coast travels provide unique opportunities for her to use the loyal NASCAR fan base and popularity in the pursuit to help find shelter pets forever homes.
She said her mission is to “Pedal Down for Pets” at each track she visits.
Team member Jeff Ames said they visited the Lake of the Ozarks last year and were introduced to high-end catamarans.
“Brittney first drove a catamaran 158 mph there and loved it,” Ames said.
“Power Boat Magazine is in Lake Havasu for Cat Fest and they are doing a story on Brittney and her ties to NASCAR and the boating industry. We also wanted to relaunch Pit Road Pals. We started it last year and then with COVID, we couldn’t do what we wanted,” Ames said.
But that was then. Today the team was at Western Arizona Humane Society promoting pet adoptions and care for the pets after they arrive at their forever home.
Sierra Zamora is Brittney Zamora’s aunt, and she has been with the team for the past four years. Her background is in sports management and works to promote Brittney Zamora’s racing efforts and coordinates events like the one today at WAHS.
“Our passions for this program stems from our love for the pets we have ourselves and animals in general. At the end of the day, whatever I can do to promote shelters and adoption and help animals get a loving home, I’m all in,” Sierra Zamora said.
WAHS Executive Director Patty Gillmore was excited about the shelter event.
She told the team, “You’re going to have a much larger platform with your racing and bigger audience. This is great for the shelter and the animals. Whenever anyone in sports gets involved in a cause, they just bring a bigger audience.”
The Zamora team will be around town this weekend with animals from the shelter, promoting Cat Fest and WAHS.
Check out her website at brittneyzamora.com