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Indy Racing League and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway adopt the Hole in the Wall Camps as "Charitable Partner" INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Racing League and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that they have designated the Association of...

Indy Racing League and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway adopt the Hole in the Wall Camps as "Charitable Partner"

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Racing League and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that they have designated the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps as a "Charitable Partner" of both organizations.

The announcement was made on Pole Day for the 92nd Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by Tony George, chief executive officer of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and founder and CEO of the Indy Racing League, the sanctioning body of the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights, Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing co-owner Paul Newman, who started the first Hole in the Wall Camp in 1988 and has been the driving force ever since, and Ray Empson, president and CEO of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

"I have admired Paul Newman's commitment to charities for years, especially his dedication to the Hole in the Wall Camps," George said. "We are pleased to partner with the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps and hope to help more children with serious illnesses get the chance to just be kids."

Hole in the Wall Camps (HITWC) is the world's largest family of camps, serving children's camps as well as camps in development around the world.Each camp is a separate entity expanding Newman's dream of providing a recreational and therapeutic camping experience for children facing serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions.

"It is nice to have a sport you love. It's nicer still to have that sport love the charity you love," said Newman.

Children with cancer, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS, and many other conditions go to various HITWC camps to experience the simple joys of childhood, without compromising any of their medical needs thanks to the association's high-quality medical care. All children attend the camps free of charge as a result of generous contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations. In 2007, more than 11,100 children with serious medical conditions enjoyed a HITWC experience.

"The Hole in the Wall Camps are delighted to embark on this partnership with the Indy Racing League and Indianapolis Motor Speedway," Empson said. "Camp, like motorsports, is about teamwork and it is a great privilege to be part of the Indy team. We look forward to a mutually rewarding, enduring relationship."

About Hole in the Wall Camps:

The Hole in the Wall Camps are the world's largest family of Camps for children with serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions. Founded by Paul Newman in 1988, the Camps have hosted more than 135,000 children from all 50 states and 32 countries free of charge. The Association includes 11 camps and two provisional camps around the world as well as a new initiative in Africa. For more information, please visit www.holeinthewallcamps.org.

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Series Charity
Drivers Paul Newman , Tony George