NASCAR To Go "On Track For Charity" Benefiting Victory Junction Gang Camp And Speedway Children'S Charities
Goody's Headache Powders to sponsor April event at Texas Motor Speedway
Charlotte, N.C. (March 17, 2004) -- The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today the Third Annual "On Track for Charity presented by Goody's" fundraising event set for April 3 at Texas Motor Speedway, to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp and Speedway Children's Charities with the help of Goody's Headache Powders.
After the NASCAR Busch Series race on April 3, NASCAR fans who have registered for the event will have the opportunity to walk the track along with NASCAR celebrities. During this family-friendly event -- which will begin 45 minutes after the Busch race -- fans will have the opportunity to get a closer look at the 1.5-mile oval, including the sharp 24-degree banking.
Funds raised from the "On Track for Charity presented by Goody's" event will reach thousands of children involved in various health, education and social programs through grants provided by Speedway Children's Charities. In addition, funds will help bring children with life-threatening illnesses to the racing-themed Victory Junction Gang Camp, scheduled to open in June of 2004 in Randleman, N.C. The "On Track for Charity" events to date have raised over $112,000, with walks last year in Charlotte, Texas, Atlanta, and Dover.
The pre-registration fee is $20 until April 2; 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. Registration can be done online at www.speedwaycharities.org or by calling (704) 455-4396. The walk will start from Goody's Fast Relief Zone -- an interactive pavilion where NASCAR fans also have an opportunity to win prizes and get free samples of Goody's. Donations to Victory Junction Gang Camp may also be made at the Zone.
This year, the charity walk is presented by Goody's Headache Powders, one of the most popular analgesics in the southeastern United States. The brand's relationship with NASCAR dates back to 1977, making it the longest-standing official sponsor of NASCAR and one of the sanctioning body's first non-automotive sponsors. Today it continues its status as the "Official Pain Reliever of NASCAR", and sponsors the Goody's "Extra Strength Award" in the NASCAR Busch Series. NASCAR racing legend Richard Petty has served as the brand's spokesperson for over 25 years.
"Goody's is proud to sponsor "On Track for Charity" and by that help many children in need," said Darren Singer, vice president of marketing for GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. "Goody's is well-known for its speed in providing pain relief, but our company is also proud of its generous charitable contributions. Last year Goody's donated $1 million to Victory Junction Camp and this year we are committed to continue our support to Speedway Children's Charities and Victory Junction. '
In addition to Goody's, Able Body Construction will also partner with NASCAR for the event, serving as national associate sponsor. "Able Body Labor is in the business of staffing people in the building industry to help build a strong America. Our support of Speedway Children's Charities and Victory Junction Gang is another way to help build a strong America," said Daphne Boyd, National Communications Director.
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 hundreds of qualified non-profit organizations providing direct medical, educational and social services to children in need. Additional information is available at www.speedwaycharities.org. The Crew Chief Club, which was formed in 1995, is proud to join the Speedway Children's Charities in support of their Walk for Charities in 2004. Crew Chiefs Greg Zipadelli, Tommy Baldwin, Jimmy Elledge and Ryan Pemberton along with non-active crew chiefs, Larry McReynolds, Jimmy Makar and Robin Pemberton will be participating in the Walk for Charity events in 2004.