Penske team donates to cancer cause

KODAK RACING THINKS PINK Penske-Jasper Racing Driver, Pit Crew and Associate Sponsor Make Donation to American Cancer Society MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 13, 2005) -- The Kodak Racing team along with its associate sponsor, Jasper Engines and ...

KODAK RACING THINKS PINK
Penske-Jasper Racing Driver, Pit Crew and Associate Sponsor Make Donation to American Cancer Society

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 13, 2005) -- The Kodak Racing team along with its associate sponsor, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, are stepping up to the plate to practice what they preach with a donation totaling $20,400 to the American Cancer Society.

The contribution from Travis Kvapil, JET and the Penske-Jasper Racing pit crew will benefit a program that helps women with little or no insurance obtain screening for breast cancer.

Prior to last Sunday's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway when Kvapil raced a Kodak Mammography Products-themed Dodge Charger, the 29-year old Janesville, Wis., native decided to make a donation to show his support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs through October.

Doug Bawel, co-owner of the No. 77 Penske-Jasper Racing team and president of Jasper Engines and Transmissions, informed Kodak that JET would also make a donation.

This week, pit crew members announced they would join their driver and associate sponsor in making a donation. Each over-the-wall crew member is giving $1,100 from his bonus program for a total of $7,700.

Clay Robinson, the pit crew's team captain, spoke for them when he said, "You never know who or when cancer will strike. We all thought, 'We have mothers, sisters and some of us have wives.' If anyone I know were stricken with breast cancer, I would want to know that I have contributed to something that could potentially save their lives."

Kvapil is proud of his team and the unity it has shown in making the donation together.

"I just decided to make a donation and the next thing I know Doug and the pit crew are stepping up," Kvapil said. "The pit crew really surprised me. I am proud of them. I know they look forward to bonus time and giving to the American Cancer Society was really selfless."

Bawel also expressed his pride in the pit crew, as well as Kvapil for their contributions.

"As a team, we fully supported Kodak's Health Imaging Group and the decision to run the Mammography Products car at Kansas this year, but Travis and the pit crew went above and beyond," Bawel said. "They make me proud to be an owner. Breast Cancer can affect everyone and I think Travis and the pit crew have really sent a message by donating to such a worthwhile cause. How could we at Jasper not join them in their efforts?"

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Series Charity , NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Travis Kvapil