Victory Junction Gang MIS fundraiser

MIS and nascar.com partner to raise money for Victory Junction Gang camp. BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Michigan International Speedway and NASCAR.com are giving race fans an opportunity to make Father's Day at MIS even more special--while benefiting the...

MIS and nascar.com partner to raise money for Victory Junction Gang camp.

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Michigan International Speedway and NASCAR.com are giving race fans an opportunity to make Father's Day at MIS even more special--while benefiting the Victory Junction Gang Camp--during pre-race ceremonies for the June 15 Sirius 400, the season's fifteenth NASCAR Winston Cup event.

Starting on May 22, the first 43 fans to log on to www.nascar.com and donate $750 to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, will receive a ride with a NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver in a GMC Yukon during the driver introduction lap prior to the June 15 Sirius 400.

Placement of the winners with NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers will be randomly selected. Winners will also be notified in writing of their order in the pre-race parade lap prior to race day on June 15.

Victory Junction Gang Camp, a Proud Charity of NASCAR, is a non-profit racing themed camp founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty for children with life-threatening illnesses. The camp will be opened in the summer of 2004 and will serve children in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Visit www.victoryjunction.org for more information.

The auction tied to the Sirius 400 is part of a monthly charity auction initiative that NASCAR.com implemented several months ago with the help of ebay. To date, the charity auctions have helped to raise over $50,000 to benefit various industry charities. "I want to thank Michigan International Speedway and NASCAR.com for coming up with such a unique way to raise money for Victory Junction," said Victory Junction founder Kyle Petty. "I always enjoy the excitement of the parade lap and I know it will be a once in a lifetime thrill for the fans. Plus, they'll be helping some special kids in the process. It doesn't get any better than that."

"We're proud to play a part in supporting Victory Junction Gang Camp," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "It's also a great chance for our fans at MIS to enjoy a ride around track with their NASCAR Winston Cup heroes."

"NASCAR is excited that our fans get a chance to get up close to the action, and we're all excited that this auction raises awareness and funds for a great cause," said Jim Hunter, NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications.

"Our partnership with the Michigan International Speedway and the Victory Junction Gang Camp shows our commitment to offering NASCAR.com users the opportunity to purchase memorabilia that has strong sentimental value while contributing to a worthy cause," said Executive Vice President and General Manager of Turner Sports Interactive Drew Reifenberger.

Race tickets are still available for the June 15 Sirius 400. Tickets are still available to all MIS events in 2003, and you can be part of the action by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or log on to www.MISpeedway.com.

Turner Sports Interactive (NASCAR.com) acquired all of NASCAR's interactive rights in October 2000 and became the exclusive producer of NASCAR.com in January 2001. Turner Sports Interactive bases its NASCAR.com staff in Atlanta, with additional personnel in Charlotte and Daytona and at the tracks, giving them the ability to break news stories on-site around the clock. NASCAR.com provides users with some of the industry's best information resources through AOL.

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