Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is sponsoring the DRIVE4COPD campaign to raise awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Hollywood, sports and music celebrities will drive 6,000 miles across our country to identify the millions of people with COPD who may not know they have it. (An estimated half of the 24 million people in the United States who may have COPD remain undiagnosed.) NASCAR Nationwide Series™ driver, Danica Patrick, actor Jim Belushi, Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner, country music star Patty Loveless and former Pro Football great Michael Strahan, who all have close family members touched by COPD, are in the “Race for the Missing Millions.” We thank them for getting involved!

The campaign encourages the public to learn about COPD, recognize its early symptoms and complete a five-question screener at to find out if they may be at risk.

Danica made the first ‘Pit Stop’ at the Daytona International Speedway before the Daytona 500 in February. The DRIVE4COPD celebrity ambassadors will continue spreading their message through public service announcements and briefings on Capitol Hill throughout the year.

The sooner you act, the sooner you can get on the road to breathing better!