PPG Neon Charity Challenge Races To Continue Success in 2000

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (May 4, 2000) - The 2000 PPG Dodge Neon Charity Challenge Presented by Yazaki North America is charging toward another record year as DaimlerChrysler Corporation seeks to raise more than $450,000 for children's charities...

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (May 4, 2000) - The 2000 PPG Dodge Neon Charity Challenge Presented by Yazaki North America is charging toward another record year as DaimlerChrysler Corporation seeks to raise more than $450,000 for children's charities in Detroit, Mich., and Elkhart Lake, Wis. "The Dodge Neon has been the grassroots race car of choice and the Neon Charity Challenge has allowed us to promote the vehicle as well as provide funds for two worthy charities," said Bill Tracy, Senior Manager Dodge Motorsports, DaimlerChrysler Corporation. "The Neon series has given us the opportunity to raise money for, and awareness of the needs of the children at PAL (Police Athletic League) and the Rainbow Connection." The 2000 PPG Dodge Neon Charity Challenge Presented by Yazaki will consist of three races, beginning at the Dodge Dealers Grand Prix in Lime Rock, Conn. on May 26-29. The second event will be at the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit, June 16-18. The finale for the Neon Charity Challenge series will be held at the Motorola 220 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. on August 18-20. The charity beneficiaries will, once again, be the Detroit PAL, serving more than 10,000 of Detroit's youth and widely known for its 12 athletic programs; and the Rainbow Connection, granting wishes to children age 3-18 who have life-threatening illnesses. Continued sponsor support has grown the Neon Charity Challenge into the premier one-marque racing series in the country. Returning sponsors for the Neon Charity Challenge in 2000 include PPG, Yazaki North America, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Infinity, Chrysler Financial and Mopar Performance Parts. New sponsors joining the series this year include Recaro and 3-Dimensional Services. The PPG Neon Charity Challenge series began in 1994, after the hugely successful launch of the Dodge Neon. The "Celebrity Challenge" consisted of three events in Detroit, Des Moines and Dallas, and included television personalities, members of the media, civic leaders, Fortune 500 executives and music stars competing head to head. The series was changed to the Charity Challenge format in 1997. In 1995, Neon Club racers became involved, beginning with the PPG Neon Super Cup race held at Road America. Nearly 60 racers competed in the SSC (sedan) and SSB (coupe) race during a 30-minute televised event. The Dodge Neon has become a mainstay in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) competition, contesting more than 1,068 events and capturing over 1,572 top three finishes, including 32 national titles. Neon drivers have captured nearly 25 podium finishes in 2000 alone. Watch as drivers compete in the PPG Neon Charity Challenge Presented by Yazaki, which puts driver talent above technical advancements, making the close racing action one of the most exciting events of any race weekend.

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