One of the First State’s most recognizable symbols will stand in support of local residents living with lung cancer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, the symbol for Dover International Speedway throughout the sports and entertainment landscape, will be lit turquoise during the evening and overnight hours starting Sunday, June 14, through the end of the month in support of the American Lung Association’s Turquoise Takeover to raise awareness of lung cancer and lung disease.
"During this challenging time with COVID-19, it’s important for all those living with lung cancer and lung disease to feel hope, optimism and support," said American Lung Association executive director Dina Gordon. "Next week, we’re turning Delaware turquoise to raise awareness of lung disease and lung cancer, the number one cancer killer of women and men in the United States. We’re proud to have Dover International Speedway stand with us and those facing the disease to raise funds to support new treatments and better methods of early detection so that we can save more lives."
Dedicated in 2008, the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza stands 46-feet tall. The base of the monument pays tribute to race winners at Dover International Speedway and features dedications to legendary drivers who are recognized for their special accomplishments earned on the world’s fastest one-mile oval.
The Monster Monument at Victory Plaza has frequently been lit in special colors to honor and support various causes, including the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation (teal), the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (purple), breast cancer awareness (pink), autism awareness (blue) and frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic (blue).