Tony Stewart, ART Raise Money at Thunderhill For Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation
WILLOWS, Calif. - Reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart and Advantage Racing Technologies took advantage of the National Auto Sport Association's (NASA) annual running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif., to raise money for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.
Advantage Racing Technologies (ART), competed this weekend in the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, securing a fantastic third-place finish out of 60 entries. The ART/ESX/TCD/JustRacing.com #66 Subaru featured a Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation "Racing to Recovery" decal in plain sight of the in-car camera. The views from the camera appeared on www.caranddriver.com, a website with a reported 1.6 million viewers per month. Updates from the team's race are posted at www.justracing.com.
Fans and corporations can join the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion and match donations at www.samschmidt.org.
ART completed 659 laps, collecting monies from the Per-lap pledges placed by people like Stewart. In addition to raising cash, ART also helped the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation raise awareness of spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders.
"In the past two years, the Foundation has seen tremendous growth," explains Sam Schmidt, a former race car driver, now team owner and founder of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. "People like Marshall Pruett (Principal, ART) are a huge part of this. We continue to race toward recovery - my own, and that of the many that are in wheelchairs because of spinal cord injuries, paralysis and debilitating diseases.
"Through research, rehabilitation, and improving quality of life, we race to recovery. We need the Foundation to continue to have funds on-hand to make donations such as we did for the paraplegic Olympian in Ghana and to rebuild the Centers for Independent Living that were destroyed by the hurricane in Mississippi. These things take donations - the racing community has always been very gracious and this is just another example of that. We are very thankful."
The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation was created by Schmidt to help individuals overcome spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders. Schmidt is currently recovering from serious upper spinal cord injuries suffered in a testing accident on January 6, 2000, while practicing for the season-opening Indy Racing League event at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla. Further information is available at www.samschmidt.org or (317) 236-9999.