'Speedweeks Charity Auction' Kicks Off

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2000) - Memorabilia of NASCAR Winston Cup Series champions Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon are just samples of what race enthusiasts can expect to bid on in the "Daytona Speedweeks Charity Auction,"...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2000) - Memorabilia of NASCAR Winston Cup Series champions Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon are just samples of what race enthusiasts can expect to bid on in the "Daytona Speedweeks Charity Auction," which began Monday at Amazon.com Auctions.

Proceeds of the event, which continues through Feb. 27, will benefit The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps, founded for kids by Paul Newman. The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps are a group of camps in the U.S. and Europe where children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses can engage in fun activities while continuing treatment.

Many NASCAR-related items will be placed on the auction block, including signed team and sponsor apparel, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with drivers, actual items from the NASCAR 2000 Daytona 500 and other items never put up for auction before.

Some initial highlights from the upcoming auction include:

Autographed Jeff Gordon Rainbow Warrior Helmet: This helmet was on display in DAYTONA USA, the "Official Attraction of NASCAR," for the year following his 1997 Daytona 500 win.

Dale Earnhardt's Gloves from his 1998 Daytona 500 Win: The actual gloves worn by seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt as he drove to victory in the 1998 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Lunch with "The King," Richard Petty: Join seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Richard Petty for lunch and a personal tour of the Richard Petty Driving Experience shop in Harrisburg, N.C., and then strap into a 600-plus-horsepower stock car for the full effect of what it's like to drive a real stock car at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Lunch with Ray Evernham, Dodge Motorsports Team Owner: Have lunch with former Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Ray Evernham, now leading Dodge Motorsport's NASCAR Winston Cup effort. Lunch will be at the Evernham Motorsports garage in Harrisburg, N.C. See first-hand how he and his team are building the Dodge Intrepid R/T, scheduled to race in the Daytona 500 in the year 2001.

"Daytona International Speedway, the 'World Center of Racing,' is very glad to be participating in such an outstanding event," said Glyn Johnston, director of communications for Daytona International Speedway. "Here we not only benefit our great race fans, but also The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps. By helping facilitate this auction, with benefits going to the Camps, Daytona International Speedway is taking another step in helping to bring fun and enjoyment into the lives of children with chronic illnesses."

"The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps are honored to be partnering with Amazon.com Auctions and Daytona International Speedway on this auction," said Sarah Gurtis, vice president, The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps. "Our founder, Paul Newman, has had a long association with motorsports as both a team owner and competitor.

"Motorsports fans are noted for both their enthusiasm and generosity, and now our campers and their families will benefit directly from that support."

"We know how dedicated race fans are and we are delighted to give them an opportunity to own something from their favorite driver, while at the same time contributing to a good cause," said Jeff Blackburn, general manager Amazon.com Auctions. "We applaud The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps for the joy they bring to so many children, and are glad we could help benefit such a fine organization."

In addition to this special auction, race enthusiasts will be able to find a vast and incredible selection of racing memorabilia and products on Amazon.com Auctions and Amazon.com Shops.

The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps, founded by Newman, serve children dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses by creating memorable, old-fashioned camping experiences. With state-of-the-art medical services available, children are empowered, in the words of Newman, to "kick back, relax and raise a little hell." There are currently four camps in the U.S. and two overseas. No child or family pays to attend a Hole In The Wall Gang Camp.

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Series Automotive , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Paul Newman , Richard Petty , Ray Evernham
Teams Hendrick Motorsports