CHAMPCAR/CART: CCWS/CARA auction increases to aid Katrina victims

CHAMP CAR AUCTION ITEMS ATTRACTING OVER $13,000 FOR HURRICANE KATRINA VICTIMS AFTER THREE DAYS OF BIDDING INDIANAPOLIS (September 19, 2005) -- Champ Car fans from around the world are responding in large numbers, bidding on a vast array of ...

CHAMP CAR AUCTION ITEMS ATTRACTING OVER $13,000 FOR HURRICANE KATRINA VICTIMS AFTER THREE DAYS OF BIDDING

INDIANAPOLIS (September 19, 2005) -- Champ Car fans from around the world are responding in large numbers, bidding on a vast array of racing items in an auction that benefits the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

On Friday, the Champ Car World Series, with assistance from CARA Charities, kicked off its auction to benefit those people affected by one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history. With donations flowing in from across the Champ Car community, 91 items are currently up for auction -- with more to be added - attracing more than 1,000 bids. The total amount pledged on the items as of Monday morning is $13,255, with three full days remaining before the close of bidding on the first item.

"We could not be more proud of the effort that everyone in the Champ Car community has shown in raising money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina," said Champ Car President Steve Johnson. "Teams, sponsors and drivers have all taken action to further the cause and our fans have responded with equal enthusiasm. We also owe a good deal of thanks to CARA for their valuable assistance in this effort to bring aid to those affected by this tragedy."

The auction has attracted donations from throughout the racing community including; a pair of autographed copies of former series champion Alex Zanardi's book -- donated by Bentley Publishing, items signed by Champ Car legend Bobby Unser including a pair of die-cast cars, subscriptions to RACER and Autosport magazines and autographed pictures donated by Champ Car series photographers.

The two-tiered auction will see the majority of the items, including driver firesuits, race tickets and suite passes to races on the 2006 Champ Car schedule, available for bid until 8 p.m. Eastern Time on September 27. However, there are a number of items that are specific to this weekend's Champ Car Hurricane Relief 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that will close to bidders at 1 p.m., Thursday September 22. Those items include pace-car rides along with the opportunity to present one of the trophies to the drivers at the conclusion of the race.

All of the proceeds will go to victims of Hurricane Katrina, with 25 percent of the money raised going to CARA Charities. CARA will use those funds to purchase child car seats through its Buckle Up Baby Program, providing them to families throughout the affected areas at no charge. Fans can access the auction items by visiting the official website of the Champ Car World Series, www.champcar.ws, and following the links to the auction site.

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Bobby Unser , Steve Johnson