Earnhardt, Ganassi team news 2009-05-08

Team Target Drivers to Sport Helmet Designs in Support of Target House's 10th Anniversary Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti of the IndyCar Series and Juan Pablo Montoya of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wear Helmets Designed by St. Jude patients...

Team Target Drivers to Sport Helmet Designs in Support of Target House's 10th Anniversary

Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti of the IndyCar Series and Juan Pablo Montoya of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wear Helmets Designed by St. Jude patients from Target House

CONCORD, N.C. (May 6, 2009)-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver Juan Pablo Montoya through their Target partnership will sport new helmet designs this weekend in support of Target House's 10th Anniversary.

Funded by Target and its vendor and celebrity partners, Target House is a unique long-term housing facility, a home away from home, for families with children receiving lifesaving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®. As an extension of St. Jude's promise that no child is ever denied treatment because of a family's inability to pay, Target House provides fully furnished apartments, free-of-charge. St. Jude is one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers and has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 70 percent.

Each driver had the opportunity to select a helmet designed by St. Jude patients who reside at Target House. The drivers will showcase their choices this weekend during the NASCAR race in Darlington and the Indianapolis 500 Pole Day.

Since 1997, Target Chip Ganassi Racing has raised over $750,000 for St. Jude and Target House and continues its efforts by donating $5,000 per victory; $1,000 for pole position; and $25 for each lap lead.

Quoteboard:

Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet: "I couldn't be more honored to have a paint scheme that represents both Target House and St. Jude. This will definitely add to the race this weekend because it pushes you that much harder when you're driving for these children, and a special cause such as this."

Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Honda: "I wore a Target House helmet in 2005 which was pretty cool. This year as the defending winner of the Indianapolis 500 it will mean a lot to have the special paint scheme representing the St. Jude patients from Target House. I hope we can make their day a little bit more special by putting the No. 9 Target car up front for the biggest race of the season."

Dario Franchitti, No. 10 Target Honda: "I'm excited to be wearing the Target House helmet designed for pole day in Indianapolis. It's been a long time certainly, over 10 years, since I haven't worn my traditional colors while driving the car, but what a great cause. Target House is something that I'm very proud to be a part of."

-credit: egr/cgr

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