Sadler to race for charitable cause at Atlanta

Ronald McDonald House Charities® Featured On No. 19 Dodge At Atlanta STATESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 21, 2008) -- Elliott Sadler's No. 19 Dodge will feature a Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) paint scheme this weekend at Atlanta Motor...

Ronald McDonald House Charities® Featured On No. 19 Dodge At Atlanta

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 21, 2008) -- Elliott Sadler's No. 19 Dodge will feature a Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) paint scheme this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in support of World Children's Day at McDonald's.

This year, participating McDonald's restaurants will offer customers the opportunity to Give A Hand™ by donating a small amount to personalize and post a paper hand that symbolizes their support. In addition, in the U.S. on November 20, participating restaurants will donate $1 from the sale of select menu items to RMHC. In addition, from November 10 -- 20, customers in the U.S. can help support RMHC through the "Give a Hand®" in-restaurant program. For each hand sold, $1 will go to support RMHC.

Started in 2002, World Children's Day at McDonald's is the company's largest annual fundraiser for children.

Thank You Paul Newman: The No. 19 Ronald McDonald House Charities Dodge will run "Thank You Paul Newman 1925 -- 2008" on the rear panel of the racecar. Paul Newman, a former IndyCar team owner, actor and philanthropist, began supplying McDonald's with Newman's Own all-natural salad dressing in March 2003. McDonald's, as a Newman's Own customer, enabled Paul Newman to donate additional profits to charity through the exclusive agreement.

Paul Newman and the Newman's Own Foundation have given over $250 million to thousands of educational and charitable purposes worldwide since 1982. In 2005, Newman accepted the Ronald McDonald House Charities Award of Excellence on behalf of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

Elliott Sadler:

On Atlanta: "We really struggled at Atlanta in the spring. To be honest it may have been one of the worst races of the season for the No. 19 team. But, we have come a long way since then. We have learned so much about the new car this season and what it takes to compete consistently. I'm excited to get back to Atlanta to see just how far we've come."

On World Children's Day at McDonald's: "World Children's Day at McDonald's is a huge initiative for the Ronald McDonald House Charities -- its single largest fundraiser of the year. I'm happy that they have asked us to give a hand to such a worthy cause. I'm proud to be associated with a company that takes such pride in its community partnerships and wants to be a good neighbor."

On Paul Newman: "I never met Mr. Newman, but from what I've heard he was so much more than the roles that he played on the big screen. He spent his life following his passions and giving back to the causes that meant the most to him. I know he had a great relationship with McDonald's both through his race team and also through his Newman's Own Foundation. I admired him as a person and it is an honor to be able to race with his name on our car this weekend."

Chassis Info: The No. 19 Ronald McDonald House Dodge is racing chassis No. 259, which raced to a 27th-place finish Sept. 21 at Dover. Chassis No. 240 will serve as the backup. Sadler won the pole position for the Sprint All-Star Race in No. 240 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

-credit: gem

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Series Charity , NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Paul Newman , Elliott Sadler