GM announces raffle for Children's Hospital

Autographed Racing Helmet To Be Raffled For Columbus Children's COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 19, 2004 - Race fans attending the NHRA Route 66 Nationals this weekend at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., the O'Reilly Summer Nationals on May 27-30, at ...

Autographed Racing Helmet To Be Raffled For Columbus Children's

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 19, 2004 - Race fans attending the NHRA Route 66 Nationals this weekend at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., the O'Reilly Summer Nationals on May 27-30, at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan., or the Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing in Columbus, Ohio, on June 10-13, will have an opportunity to win a piece of motorsports history.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Central Ohio Pontiac dealers will raise money for the Columbus Children's Hospital by raffling a Simpson Racing helmet signed by nearly 40 NHRA racers from the NHRA POWERade tour. Fans attending Summit Racing Equipment's "Super Summit" in Akron, Ohio, on Saturday, June 5, and the Dave Gill Pontiac-GMC NHRA Fanfest in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 9, will also have a chance to enter the contest.

To register, contestants will donate one dollar for each entry form they submit at the Pontiac-GMC display on the NHRA Manufacturers' Midway. Special giveaways to contestants are also part of the helmet raffle. The helmet winner will be announced before the final round of the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway on Sunday, June 13, and all proceeds collected from the raffle will go to the Children's Hospital. The winner does not need to be present on the day of the drawing and will have the helmet shipped to their home.

Founded in 1892, Children's Hospital, Inc. has developed into one of the largest and most sophisticated health care centers in the country, having more than 300,000 patient visits annually. Children's delivers high quality, cost effective care to all children, from newborns through age 21, regardless of patients' ability to pay. Last year, the helmet giveaway raised $7,500 for Children's, a hospital recognized as one of the nation's premier pediatric care centers.

"Over the last six years we've enjoyed raising money for Children's Hospital and have had tremendous success with this program," said Fred Simmonds, GM Group Manager for Drag Racing. "This is a great opportunity for those involved in our sport to pitch in for a good cause, and if you're a race fan, you couldn't ask for a better prize.

"The people in Columbus have extended their hospitality to the racers and their families for over fur decades. The helmet fund raiser and drivers' visit lets us give something back to the community, to the Children's Hospital and to the kids there who are very special to us."

On Thursday, June 10, a group of GM racers will visit Children's Hospital to sign autographs and meet some of the kids and hospital staff. Mark Pawuk's Summit Racing Pro Stock Pontiac Grand Am will also be there on display. The 40th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing on June 10 - 13 is the 10th race on the 23-event NHRA POWERade Drag Racing tour.

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