2007 Joe Gibbs Racing Fall FanFest Scheduled for October 12 Stewart, Hamlin, Yeley and Others to be Available for Autographs HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2007) -- The sixth annual Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) Fall FanFest will be held on Friday,...
2007 Joe Gibbs Racing Fall FanFest Scheduled for October 12
Stewart, Hamlin, Yeley and Others to be Available for Autographs
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2007) -- The sixth annual Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) Fall FanFest will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, where from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT, drivers from JGR's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and driver development teams will be available for autographs at the team's headquarters in Huntersville.
Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and J.J. Yeley will be on hand, as will JGR development drivers Aric Almirola, Brad Coleman, Kevin Conway, Marc Davis and Joey Logano.
Funds raised from JGR Fall FanFest will be donated to the Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network (CVAN). The Concord, N.C.-based charity is a non-profit organization that provides safety, shelter and support for battered women and their children while also raising community awareness about domestic violence.
The JGR Fall FanFest partnership with CVAN is a continuation of JGR's support for the group. In May, Stewart, No. 20 team crew chief Greg Zipadelli and members of JGR joined volunteers from The Home Depot and the national non-profit KaBOOM! to help build a playground in a single day at CVAN.
In addition to supporting CVAN, JGR Fall FanFest will also benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina through a canned food drive. Donors can drop off canned items at the team's headquarters in Huntersville from Tuesday, Sept. 4 to Friday, Nov. 2.
Donation lines will open at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 12, where fans may request an autograph from Stewart, Hamlin or Yeley. The first 250 fans requesting a Stewart autograph will be given a bracelet and directed to the appropriate line. The same process will follow for Hamlin and Yeley.
In order to receive an autograph from Stewart, Hamlin or Yeley, one must bring at least one canned food item and also make a $20 cash donation. Fans wishing to receive an autograph from all three Nextel Cup drivers will be required to make three separate canned food donations and three $20 cash donations. Fans may only receive one wristband per person, per driver. No credit card or check payments will be accepted.
Each driver will be seated at different locations with staggered autograph session times, allowing fans making multiple donations the time to receive multiple autographs.
Yeley's session is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Hamlin's will begin at 10:30 a.m. Stewart's will start 11:30 a.m. No donation is required for the 9 a.m. autograph session featuring Almirola, Coleman, Conway, Davis and Logano.
In the event of on-track rescheduling due to weather or other uncontrollable proceedings during the Bank of America 500 race weekend at Charlotte (N.C.), the JGR Fall FanFest is subject to change or cancellation.
Several activities will exist for younger race fans attending the JGR Fall FanFest. The Home Depot Kids Workshop will be open, along with a gaming station, a climbing wall and a moon bounce. Other activities include a silent auction from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. featuring special items donated by JGR and other NASCAR teams, while a day-long raffle with NASCAR-related items will run parallel to the silent auction. The NEXTEL Racing Experience race simulator will also be on hand. Hot dogs, chips and snacks will be available, along with plenty of ice-cold Coca-Cola.
The 2006 Fall FanFest brought out approximately 3,000 fans who generously donated over $28,000 to The Tony Stewart Foundation, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.