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Michigan race fans can help in fight against breast cancer; "Race Fans For A Cure®" visits Comerica Park, August 15. (DEARBORN, Mich., August 13, 2002) -- Race fans in Michigan can join Dale and Kelley Jarrett, Ford Credit and the Susan G....

Michigan race fans can help in fight against breast cancer; "Race Fans For A Cure®" visits Comerica Park, August 15.

(DEARBORN, Mich., August 13, 2002) -- Race fans in Michigan can join Dale and Kelley Jarrett, Ford Credit and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in their endeavor to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. By visiting the Race Fans for a Cure® display booth at the Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Day at Comerica Park in Detroit on Thursday, fans can play an important role in the continued fight against breast cancer.

Race Fans for a Cure®, which is designed to increase awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, will be at Comerica Park from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, August 15. The display booth will offer information about the Komen Foundation and its mission to eradicate breast cancer as life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment, and is equipped to accept donations from fans.

Ford Credit, associate sponsor of the No. 88 NASCAR Winston Cup Taurus driven by 1999 champion Dale Jarrett, sponsors a Race Fans for a Cure® display booth at various NASCAR events and Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Days during the season.

Race Fans for a Cure® has raised $56,797.39, often a dollar at a time, so far in 2002, including $19,087.45 in the Charlotte, N.C., area, and $16,287.80 at Daytona International Speedway -- the two largest amounts ever raised by the program at a single event. The program received $51,458.93 in donations in 2001, and with a matching donation from Ford Credit, the total presented to the Komen Foundation last year was $102,917.86. Fans can also make donations through www.racefansforacure.com.

For a $1 donation, fans receive a keepsake enamel pink ribbon, and can personalize a paper pink ribbon to show their support. Additionally, Race Fans for a Cure® offers an exclusive, collectible tin to generate funds for the fight against breast cancer. This tin, containing two No. 88 die-cast cars -- one is the brand-new "fantasy" Race Fans for a Cure® paint scheme and the other is the 2002 UPS Taurus -- is available to those making a donation of $20 or more. The first 25 fans making a $50 donation at the booth on Thursday receive a personal autograph session with Dale Jarrett in addition to the collectible tin. All proceeds go to the Komen Foundation to support the fight against breast cancer through funding of innovative research and community-based outreach programs.

Additionally, since 1998, Ford Credit has donated money to the Komen Foundation for every top-three finish and pole position (as fastest qualifier) that Dale Jarrett collects during the season. Since its inception, Ford Credit has donated $607,500 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Jarrett's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish, $5,000 for each third-place finish and $5,000 for each pole won. This season, Jarrett has a victory (Pocono), a second-place finish (Michigan), a third-place finish (Loudon) and a pole won (Michigan), resulting in a $27,500 donation from Ford Credit.

"A key to our success at the Komen Foundation is that we collaborate with a variety of companies and organizations to provide creative ways for people to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer," said Cindy Schneible, the Komen Foundation's vice-president of cause-related marketing and sponsorship. "Race Fans for a Cure® enables the Komen Foundation to expand our efforts, reaching more women with the life-saving message of early detection and raising additional funds for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. We thank Dale and Kelley Jarrett and Ford Credit wholeheartedly for being true 'Partners in the Promise.'"

To learn more about Race Fans for a Cure®, the Komen Foundation, Ford Credit and their efforts to help raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, fans can log on to www.racefansforacure.com.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1982 on a promise made between two sisters -- Nancy Brinker and her dying sister, Susan G. Komen. Twenty years later, the Komen Foundation and its Affiliate Network are global leaders in the fight against breast cancer through their support of innovative research and community-based outreach programs. Today, the Foundation celebrates the power of a promise and how a single person's vision can make a difference in the lives of millions. For more information about breast health or breast cancer, call the Komen Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800.I'M AWARE (1.800.462.9273), or visit the Foundation's website at www.komen.org/.

Ford Credit is a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company and the world's largest provider of automotive finance. It serves more than 10 million customers in 40 countries.

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Series Charity , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
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