IRL: Auction announced for Michael Andretti Foundation

Andretti.com hosts Charitable on-line auction Proceeds to benefit Michael Andretti Foundation and Education is Freedom NAZARETH, Pa. (April 25, 2003) -- Indy racing legend Michael Andretti announced today an online auction of race-worn and ...

Andretti.com hosts Charitable on-line auction
Proceeds to benefit Michael Andretti Foundation and Education is Freedom

NAZARETH, Pa. (April 25, 2003) -- Indy racing legend Michael Andretti announced today an online auction of race-worn and collectible items, as well as the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of his pit crew for the final race of his career, the 2003 Indianapolis 500.

The auction will be held online at http://auction.andretti.com beginning April 25, 2003 and will culminate in a combination live and online auction May 10, 2003, ending at 10:30 p.m. EDT. Attendees at the "Countdown to Indy" Party being held on Saturday, May 10th from 7:00 -- 10:30 pm EDT will have the opportunity to bid in conjunction with fans online. Proceeds will benefit the newly formed The Michael Andretti Foundation and Education is Freedom, a foundation launched last year by Andretti team sponsor 7- Eleven, Inc. to fund college scholarships.

In addition to the pit crew opportunity, bidders can bid on many unique items including a pace-car ride at this year's Indy 500; Michael Andretti-autographed gloves; a Klein Tools Aerobatic ride; a Tony Kanaan/Michael Andretti combined paint scheme helmet, a rookie/veteran design combo helmet of both Dan Wheldon's helmet design along with Andretti's, a two-seater ride provided by the IRL; a Mario Andretti replica helmet; and other notable celebrity collectibles and driver items. Also up for bids are two tickets to Andretti's invitation-only retirement party set for Saturday, May 10 at the Brickyard Hotel Pavilion.

7-Eleven, Honda, Motorola, Archipelago, Klein Tools, Jim Beam, Firestone, Budweiser, Pepsi and other associate sponsors are playing an active role in supporting Michael's "Countdown to Indy" activities. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Andretti's new foundation, a non-profit organization that will support a variety of charitable causes promoting programs for better health, education and welfare. Proceeds will also benefit Education is Freedom, a public charity launched in 2002 by 7-Eleven, the primary sponsor for Michael and teammate Tony Kanaan this year.

Education is Freedom (EIF) is a new 501(c)(3) public foundation that focuses national attention and resources on students that have shown academic promise and leadership, but need financial assistance and guidance to go to college. Its objective is to remove the economic obstacles to higher education for young people up to age 24 by providing scholarships to high school graduates who qualify for little or no financial aid. For more information or to donate, visit the EIF website at www.educationisfreedom.org, or call 1-866-EIF-EDUCATE.

For more information on the auction, including the various auction items, visit http://auction.andretti.com. To learn more about Michael Andretti and his Countdown to Indy activities, visit http://www.andretti.com.

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Mario Andretti , Jim Beam