2005 NASCAR Day Charity program announced

NASCAR Community Unites for Annual NASCAR Day Program NASCAR Day 2005 to be held Friday, May 20 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 27, 2005) -- NASCAR has announced that the second annual NASCAR Day will be held Friday, May 20. NASCAR Day, NASCAR's ...

NASCAR Community Unites for Annual NASCAR Day Program

NASCAR Day 2005 to be held Friday, May 20

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 27, 2005) -- NASCAR has announced that the second annual NASCAR Day will be held Friday, May 20. NASCAR Day, NASCAR's largest annual charity, will once again unite fans across the country for a common goal. In exchange for a $5 donation to the 2005 NASCAR Day Designated Charities, fans, businesses and schools will be able to wear their favorite NASCAR gear to work that Friday. In addition, participants will receive a commemorative NASCAR Day 2005 lapel pin.

This year, NASCAR Day will benefit three proud charities -- Speedway Children's Charities, Victory Junction Gang Camp and Speediatrics. Each of these charities shares a common thread -- to better the lives of children in need. Speedway Children's Charities is dedicated to providing direct assistance to children with medical, educational and social challenges. Victory Junction Gang Camp is a free racing-themed camp for children with chronic or life threatening illnesses. Speediatrics is a NASCAR-themed pediatric unit located at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach and Homestead Hospital in Miami.

"We are thrilled to be back as one of the beneficiaries of NASCAR Day 2005," said Kyle Petty, co-founder of Victory Junction Gang Camp. "We encourage the entire NASCAR community to show their enthusiasm for the sport while helping children in need."

Individuals and organizations can participate in NASCAR Day by visiting www.nascar.com. Individuals can make their $5 donation through the website and will be mailed the commemorative lapel pin. Businesses, schools and other organizations can take part as a group by requesting a NASCAR Day Participation Kit. The kit includes posters, pins, envelopes and a Crew Chief Manual; everything needed to jump start NASCAR Day within the organization.

"NASCAR Day is a unique platform for the NASCAR community to display its trademark compassion for others to support special causes like the Victory Junction Gang Camp, Speediatrics and Speedway Children's Charities" said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. "We are committed to bringing together our resources from across the sport to help make a difference through programs like NASCAR Day."

In its inaugural year, fans embraced NASCAR Day as a way to celebrate the NASCAR spirit and support related causes, namely Victory Junction Gang Camp. With 50,000 individuals and over 700 companies participating in 2004, NASCAR Day found a permanent place in the hearts of the NASCAR community.

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