NASCAR Foundation, Sam Ard Fund news 2008-10-27

Online Auction To Benefit The Sam Ard Fund; NASCAR Memorabilia Available In Joint Effort By The NASCAR Foundation And Motor Racing Outreach DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2008) -- For the next three weeks, NASCAR fans have the opportunity to...

Online Auction To Benefit The Sam Ard Fund; NASCAR Memorabilia Available In Joint Effort By The NASCAR Foundation And Motor Racing Outreach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2008) -- For the next three weeks, NASCAR fans have the opportunity to do two good things at once -- buy a cherished collectible, plus lend a hand to one of the sport's pioneers.

An online auction that opened Saturday, Oct. 25, features autographed memorabilia from numerous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. Housed at www.NASCAR.COM/foundation, it's a joint effort by The NASCAR Foundation and Motor Racing Outreach, with all proceeds benefitting the Sam Ard Fund.

Ard, the 1983-84 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, is battling Alzheimer's disease and financial woes. His wife, Jo, is in a battle of her own, against a degenerative eye disease.

Last Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, another two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, Kevin Harvick (2001 and 2008), donated a van to Ard's son, Robert, for conveyance to his father.

Items available in the online auction include autographed driver suits from Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, Kyle Petty, Denny Hamlin, defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr., Ryan Newman, Mark Martin and Greg Biffle.

Autographed helmets from four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr., also are available, as are autographed racing gloves by two-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.

To learn more or begin bidding, visit www.NASCAR.COM/foundation. The Sam Ard Fund auction closes Monday, Nov. 17 at noon ET. Other items will become available during the next three weeks.

-credit: nascar

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