The NASCAR Foundation and Speedway Children's Charities Announce Fall Track Walk Season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2007) - Racing fans will once again have the chance to don their walking shoes and head to the track for The NASCAR Foundation Track Walks. The Foundation has announced that it will partner with Speedway Children's Charities on three walks for the fall Track Walk season.
Speedway Children's Charities and The NASCAR Foundation will host The NASCAR Foundation Track Walks prior to highly anticipated NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events at Bristol Motor Speedway (Sat., Aug. 25), Lowe's Motor Speedway (Sat., Oct. 13) and Atlanta Motor Speedway (Sat., Oct. 27).
Proceeds from each of these events will go to benefit the local race chapter of Speedway Children's Charities and The NASCAR Foundation.
"The Track Walks have become one of our most popular fundraising events," said Mike Helton, NASCAR President and vice-chairman of The NASCAR Foundation. "By participating, race fans enjoy a great at-track experience and also are able to make a charitable donation in the process. It's a win-win situation for everyone."
The fall schedule opens at the newly repaved Bristol Motor Speedway and will enable walkers to experience first-hand the new surface prior to the famous Sharpie 500 Bristol night race (Aug. 25, ESPN, 7 p.m.)
"We're very pleased to be partnering with the NASCAR Foundation for the Track Walk," said Claudia Byrd, director of the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. "This is a very unique opportunity for fans to get to actually walk on the newly concreted surface at Bristol. I think a lot of folks will want to see what the surface is like and this is the perfect occasion to do that while also supporting two wonderful organizations."
The 2007 Track Walk series will wrap up the season at the Atlanta Motor Speedway after the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 on Oct. 27 (SPEED, 12:30 p.m.)
Fans can register online to participate in The NASCAR Foundation Track Walk by visiting mailto:www.nascar.com/foundation. Registration fees are $30 for each individual, and children under the age of 14 are free with a paying adult. Participants are able to register as individuals or teams and are encouraged to raise money through friends, family and colleagues. Registered walkers at each walk that raise over $150 through team online fundraising are eligible for some unique NASCAR-themed prizes.
THE NASCAR FOUNDATION TRACK WALK
About The NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: www.nascar.com/foundation.
About Speedway Children's Charities
Speedway Children's Charities is a 501(c)(3) charity that provides funds to organizations that meet the direct needs of children. From mentoring programs to camps for special-needs children, the organization impacts the lives of thousands of children by supporting organizations that work tirelessly to see that their needs are met and that no child is left behind, regardless of illness, social environment or disability.
O. Bruton Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. founded Speedway Children's Charities in 1984. The organization has dispersed more than $18 million through chapters at all six SMI tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte and Texas Motor Speedway, as well as chapters in Virginia and Florida.
For further information, contact:
Sarah Newman, The NASCAR Foundation, 704-348-9656 or email@example.com.