CHAMPCAR/CART: Champ Car partners with Hole in the Wall Camps

Paul Newman's Hole In The Wall Camps for children with serious illnesses becomes official charity of Cart Champ Car World Series. INDIANAPOLIS (June 14, 2003) -- Newman/Haas Racing co-owner Paul Newman is known across the globe for his many ...

Paul Newman's Hole In The Wall Camps for children with serious illnesses becomes official charity of Cart Champ Car World Series.

INDIANAPOLIS (June 14, 2003) -- Newman/Haas Racing co-owner Paul Newman is known across the globe for his many unforgettable performances on the silver screen, but the actor immerses himself more deeply in his charitable work and his racing these days than he does on a Hollywood sound stage.

Now, Newman will get a chance to see his two passions brought together as his Association of Hole in the Wall Camps was today named as the official charity of CART. Hole in the Wall Camps are the largest association of camps for children with serious illnesses in the world, providing the means for more than 67,000 children with cancer, HIV, sickle cell anemia and other life-threatening conditions to experience the joy of being at a real camp.

The Hole In The Wall Camps, the first of which was founded in 1988, do not charge campers to attend one of the five camps currently is existence, and provides free, state-of-the-art medical care to all campers through volunteer work and donations made possible with the help of the Academy-Award winner actor.

"I've always believed the best part of America is its generosity," Newman said. "We're just trying to hold out our hands to those who are less fortunate than we are. Bad luck, especially when it is visited upon children, is especially brutal since they may not have a lifetime to correct it."

There are five camps which provide 7,000 children a year with a free, magical camping experience backed up by a state-of-the-art medical facility. Through the vision of their founder, the efforts of thousands of volunteers, and donations by people from around the world, the children have a chance to forget their medical conditions and just have fun.

Champ Car will lend its full support to raising funds for the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps through its international marketing and is exploring ways to use its racing events to help promote the cause, which has a goal of doubling its number of campers served by the year 2010.

"We are honored to be able to aid Mr. Newman and his outstanding camps," said CART CEO and President Christopher R. Pook. "We are happy to be part of an association that gives so much of itself to those that are less fortunate. Rest assured, we will do everything in our power to help the cause."

For more information on The Association of Hole In The Wall Camps log onto www.holeinthewallcamps.org

Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Veteran racing teams such as Newman/Haas Racing, Player's/Forsythe Racing, Team Rahal, Patrick Racing and Walker Racing are just a few of the championship-caliber teams this year in pursuit of the Vanderbilt Cup. CART Champ Cars are thoroughbred racing machines that reach speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, showcasing the technical expertise of manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company, Lola Cars, Reynard Motorsport and Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC. The 19-race 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will be broadcast by television partners CBS and SPEED Channel. CART also owns and operates its top development series, the Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.champcarworldseries.com.

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Series Charity , IndyCar
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