Race Fans for a Cure, North Carolina

(DEARBORN, Mich., May 16, 2003) -- Race Fans for a Cure® will continue its contributions to the fight against breast cancer when it returns to the Charlotte, N.C., area next week. The charitable initiative raised more than $19,000 for the Susan G.

(DEARBORN, Mich., May 16, 2003) -- Race Fans for a Cure® will continue its contributions to the fight against breast cancer when it returns to the Charlotte, N.C., area next week. The charitable initiative raised more than $19,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in the region last spring, the largest amount ever raised by the program at a single event.

"The fans in North Carolina have always been so supportive of Race Fans for a Cure®, and that's why we look forward to going there twice a year," said Phil Gordon, Ford Credit Motorsport Marketing Manager. "We are very thankful for the generosity of all the NASCAR fans who help out in the fight against breast cancer."

Race Fans for a Cure® -- a charitable initiative started in 2000 and comprised of Ford Credit, Dale and Kelley Jarrett, and the Komen Foundation -- has distributed tens of thousands of breast self-exam cards and has raised more than $280,000, often a dollar at a time, for the Komen Foundation. The program will be at Charlotte Speedstreet Festival from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 22-24; at Dale Jarrett Ford Grand Opening in Indiana Trail, N.C., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, May 23; and at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, and 12-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.

The display trailer and show car, the Race Fans for a Cure® edition of the No. 88 NASCAR Winston Cup Taurus that was unveiled at Lowe's Motor Speedway during last year's check presentation to the Komen Foundation, will be outside the track prior to the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday, and prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.

The display will offer information about the Komen Foundation and its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment, and is equipped to accept donations from fans.

To learn more about Race Fans for a Cure®, Ford Credit, the Komen Foundation, and their efforts to help raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, fans can log on to www.racefansforacure.com.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1982 on a promise made between two sisters -- Nancy Goodman Brinker and her dying sister, Susan Goodman Komen. More than 20 years later the Komen Foundation is a global leader in the fight against breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific, and community outreach programs around the world. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised nearly $600 million in the fight against breast cancer.

Ford Credit is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company and is the world's largest automotive finance company. Now in its 44th year, Ford Credit provides vehicle financing in 36 countries to more than 11 million customers and more than 12,500 automotive dealers. More information can be found at www.fordcredit.com.

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