IRL: Panther Racing helps Katrina relief effort

Panther Racing to Support Katrina Relief Efforts Team Donates $10,000; Lazier's No. 95 Chevrolet will have American Red Cross livery INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Panther Racing will help support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts by donating 100%...

Panther Racing to Support Katrina Relief Efforts

Team Donates $10,000; Lazier's No. 95 Chevrolet will have American Red Cross livery

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Panther Racing will help support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts by donating 100% of merchandise sales or $10,000 -- whichever is greater - to the American Red Cross. Also, the No. 95 Pennzoil Chevrolet driven by Buddy Lazier will be in full American Red Cross livery for the Sept. 11th Chicagoland Speedway event and the team will auction several team items on eBay as an additional way to support the efforts.

Panther will unveil Lazier's car design on its website -- www.pantherracing.com -- on Tuesday afternoon.

"Everyone at Panther Racing feels like it's only fitting that we support our country during this time of tragedy," team co-owner John Barnes said. "Back in 2001 we made a donation and put an American flag on the engine cover after the tragedy on 9/11. So we feel a $10,000 donation and bringing awareness to the American Red Cross is the least we can do, and hopefully people in Chicago and watching the race on ABC will do the same."

Pennzoil joins Panther in support of the relief efforts this weekend, and the paint scheme of Lazier's No. 95 Chevrolet will have American Red Cross on the sidepods and a "1-800-HELP-NOW" logo next to the cockpit. All three Panther cars will have decals supporting the families devastated by the hurricane, with the state flags of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana represented.

In addition, Panther will also donate $1 for every fan that signs up for the Fan Tour during the race weekend, with sign-ups being held in the DownForce tent behind the main grandstand.

"I'm very happy that both Panther Racing and Pennzoil are doing this to help the relief efforts and I'm proud to be a part of that," Lazier said. "It's times like these that all of us in the motorsports community and across the country should do whatever we can to help."

The Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean will be broadcast live next Sunday at 1:30 (EDT) on ABC, with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network.

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