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Racing For Kids® Gets Financial Shot From Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 18, 2001) - Nashville-based Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. announced today a $25,000 contribution from the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund to...

Racing For Kids® Gets Financial Shot From Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 18, 2001) - Nashville-based Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. announced today a $25,000 contribution from the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund to support the Racing For Kids® program.

Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports Project Supervisor Joe Barbieri made the check presentation at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital to Racing For Kids® national spokesperson Robbie Buhl, who will be driving the Dreyer & Reinbold car in this weekend's Indy Racing League event at the new Nashville Superspeedway.

William W. Pinsky, M.D., founded racing for Kids® at Children's Hospital of Michigan 12 years ago. Since then, the program has raised nearly $2 million in funding. Racecar drivers involved with the campaign, including current national spokesperson Buhl, have visited approximately 12,000 children in more than 160 children's hospitals in the United States, Canada and Australia.

"The success of Firestone, Bridgestone and Dayton brand tires in motorsports in the past century has helped our company grow and prosper," Barbieri said. "While we've been winning on race tracks around the world for many years, we know there are other races far more important, including the race to find cures for children's life-threatening illnesses, the race to help families deal with medical issues, and the race for doctors and hospitals to continually improve pediatric care.

"We're proud to have supported Racing For Kids® in the past, and hope this additional contribution from the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund helps provide a win for those involved with healthcare for children."

"It is difficult to express how much this contribution from the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund means to Racing for Kids®," Buhl said. "In addition to supporting our visits to the hospitals and contributions to the care and research at pediatric institutions, this support helps to validate our mission. The fact that a leading corporation such as Bridgestone/Firestone recognizes our work is very gratifying. Every time we visit a children's hospital, we see in the faces of patients and their families the very positive effect the visit has on them. I want to thank Bridgestone/Firestone on behalf of all involved with Racing for Kids®, particularly the children and their families."

Buhl has competed in 41 Indy Racing League events, scoring wins at Loudon, N.H., and Orlando, Fla. The 1992 Firestone Indy Lights champion passed his Indianapolis 500 rookie orientation in 1993 and has competed in six Indy 500 races. He has also competed in the Championship Auto Racing Teams series, the 24 Hours of Daytona, the IMSA GTU series, SCCA National Atlantic series, Formula Ford and Barber Saab Pro Series. A graduate of New England College with a B.A. degree in business administration, Buhl was an NCAA Division III All-American in lacrosse. In Saturday's race at the Nashville Superspeedway, he will be driving the Purex-sponsored G-Force/Infiniti on Firestone tires.

Racing for Kids® is a not-for-profit 501[c]3 organization. Individuals or organizations wishing to support or become involved with the program may write Dr. Pinsky at the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, 1516 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, La. 70121; or call (504) 842-6120.

Nashville-based Bridgestone/Firestone is the largest subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest tire & rubber company. Bridgestone/Firestone develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton, associate and private brand tires. The company also produces Firestone air springs, roofing materials, synthetic rubber, and industrial fibers and textiles.

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Series Automotive , Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Robbie Buhl