By: E&P Staff
Cars decorated with images of Earl the dog and Mooch the cat from the “Mutts” comic will be racing Oct. 5 and Oct. 21.
The Mazdas, driven by Jeff Altenburg and Randy Pobst, are picturing the cartoon characters as part of a campaign to promote the adoption of shelter animals. Involved in the effort is The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), for which “Mutts” cartoonist Patrick McDonnell serves as a board member.
Also, life-sized costumed versions of Earl and Mooch will make appearances at the two races.
After the season concludes, the “Mutts”-decorated car hoods, as well as other souvenirs, will be signed by the drivers and auctioned off to benefit the HSUS.
“With so much of the athlete/animal-related headlines in recent months being bad news, it’s a delight for The Humane Society to work with Randy and Jeff, who both understand and believe in helping animals,” said HSUS Executive Vice President Michael Markarian in a statement undoubtedly referring at least partly to the Michael Vick/dog-fighting case.
The Oct. 5 race will take place at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., and be televised Oct. 13. The Oct. 21 race will take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., and be televised Oct. 28.
“Mutts” runs in more than 700 newspapers via King Features Syndicate.