Meeting race car drivers and helping children in need - it doesn¿t get much better than that.
Atlanta race fans will have the opportunity to do both those things on Oct. 25 at the ¿On Track For Charity¿ fundraising event during the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The walk, which will benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp and Speedway Children's Charities, will feature race fans walking right alongside their favorite drivers on the famed 1.54-mile quad-oval.
After the Aaron¿s 312 Busch Series race on Oct. 25, NASCAR fans who have registered for the event will have the opportunity to walk the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway along with various NASCAR drivers including Kyle Petty, Steve Park and Jeff Green.
During this family-friendly event - which will begin at approximately 4 p.m. - fans will have the opportunity to get a closer look at the 1.54-mile quad-oval, including the sharp 24-degree banking.
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 will help bring children with life-threatening illnesses to the racing-themed Victory Junction Gang Camp, scheduled to open in 2004 in Randleman, N.C.
The pre-registration fee is $20 until Oct. 17; children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult and can participate for free. All pre-registered participants will receive an event T-shirt along with a goody bag filled with NASCAR products donated by NASCAR sponsors and licensees. Registration can be done online at www.speedwaycharities.org or by calling (704) 455-4396.
¿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 senior vice president. ¿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 plans.¿
Drivers that have participated in past ¿On Track For Charity¿ events are Richard Petty, Kyle Petty, Mike Wallace, Terry Labonte, Kerry Earnhardt, John Andretti, Jeff Green, Christian Fittipaldi, Brian Vickers, David Starr, Rick Crawford and Steve Park.
Victory Junction Gang Camp, a Proud Charity of NASCAR, was founded by Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie. The camp, the only year-round multi-disease camp of its kind in the Carolinas and Virginia, was founded in honor of their late son Adam. Victory Junction will include more than 36 buildings on 65 acres 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 toward 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, Speedway Children's 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.