NASCAR On Track For Charity to Visit Atlanta Motor Speedway in October
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today announced the national expansion of NASCAR On Track For Charity, a family-friendly event to help raise funds for the Victory Junction Gang Camp and Speedway Children¿s Charities.
Due to positive feedback from fans, NASCAR On Track For Charity will take place at four tracks that sanction NASCAR races this year¿Texas Motor Speedway in March, Dover International Speedway in May, Lowe¿s Motor Speedway in October and Atlanta Motor Speedway in October.
At last year¿s inaugural event at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway, more than 1,500 NASCAR fans joined Kyle Petty, John Andretti, Terry Labonte, Steve Park, Jeff Green, Mike Wallace, Jerry Nadeau, Kerry Earnhardt, Dan Pardus and Brian Vickers for a casual walk around the 1.5-mile speedway that helped raise nearly $60,000.
This year, NASCAR On Track For Charity will kick-off its national fundraising tour Friday, March 28 at approximately 5 p.m. at Texas Motor Speedway. Registered NASCAR fans will join Kyle Petty and other NASCAR drivers in walking on the track with the opportunity to get a closer look at the 1.5-mile oval from a NASCAR driver¿s perspective ¿ the grooves of the racing surface, the 2,250-foot front stretch and the sharpness of the 24-degree banking.
The funds raised from the event will reach thousands of children involved in various health, education and social programs through grants provided by Speedway Children¿s Charities to youth-related organizations. In addition, funds raised will help bring kids with life-threatening illnesses to the racing-themed Victory Junction Gang Camp, scheduled to open in 2004.
¿NASCAR fans will have a great opportunity to see up close a track where their favorite drivers compete for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Championship,¿ said George Pyne, NASCAR chief operating officer. ¿Victory Junction Gang Camp and Speedway Children¿s Charities are two exceptional industry-related charities, and it is our hope that fans will include this unique event in their race-week plans.¿
Victory Junction Gang Camp, a Proud Charity of NASCAR, is located in Randleman, N.C. Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie, founded the camp, the only year-round multi-disease camp of its kind in the Carolinas and Virginia, in honor of their late son Adam. Victory Junction will include more than 36 buildings on 65 acres of land donated by Richard and Lynda Petty. Like other camps under the umbrella of The Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps founded by actor Paul Newman, Victory Junction Gang Camp will be geared towards making every child¿s camp experience unforgettable and empowering. For more information, visit their site at www.victoryjunction.org.
Speedway Children¿s Charities, a Proud Charity of NASCAR, is a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping children in need improve their quality of life. Through donations, sponsorships and fundraising events, the Charities distributes funds to qualified non-profit organizations providing direct medical, educational, and social services to children in need. Additional information is available at www.speedwaycharities.org.