Yates Racing Atlanta event news 2008-10-21

GILLILAND WILL PILOT No. 38 AFLAC CANCER CENTER FORD AT ATLANTA CONCORD, N.C. (October 21, 2008) -- Yates Racing announced today that the Aflac Children's Cancer Center will serve as the primary sponsor on the No. 38 entry with driver David...

GILLILAND WILL PILOT No. 38 AFLAC CANCER CENTER FORD AT ATLANTA

CONCORD, N.C. (October 21, 2008) -- Yates Racing announced today that the Aflac Children's Cancer Center will serve as the primary sponsor on the No. 38 entry with driver David Gilliland for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October, 26, 2008. The Aflac Cancer Center is committed to providing their pediatric patients a brighter future through advanced medical treatment, family-centered care, a child-friendly environment and innovative research.

"It feels great to be driving the No. 38 Aflac Cancer Center Ford Fusion for this race," commented Gilliland. "It means a lot to me personally that I will be representing such a great cause and I hope to get lots of media attention throughout the weekend in order to further raise awareness of the Aflac Cancer Center's efforts. It will be an amazing weekend especially since I have the opportunity to visit the center earlier in the weekend and interact with the patients for the afternoon. I love racing at Atlanta, it's one of my favorite tracks on the circuit so I'm anticipating a fantastic weekend for our No. 38 Aflac Cancer Center Ford."

"The simple fact that David Gilliland is going to be driving a car representing pediatric cancer and blood disorders in a national sports competition is absolutely thrilling," stated Dr. William G. Woods, director of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. "David and Aflac are giving us an amazing opportunity to increase awareness of childhood cancer and blood disorders on a national level, which will help us defeat these diseases and give more children a chance to grow up and lead fulfilling lives."

Recognized as one of the top five childhood cancer centers in the country by Child magazine, the Aflac Cancer Center treats nearly 350 new cancer patients each year and follows more than 2,500 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders. Their courageous patients range in age from infants to young adults.

The debut of the No. 38 Aflac Cancer Center Ford Fusion will take place on October 26th, 2008 for the Pep Boys Auto 500 when Gilliland and his Yates Racing teammate, Travis Kvapil, travel to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the 33rd race of the 2008 Sprint Cup Series season. The Pep Boys Auto 500 will be broadcast on ABC Sunday, October 26th with television coverage beginning at 1:00 pm EST and radio coverage provided by the Performance Racing Network.

Gilliland has achieved one top-five finish and two top-ten finishes this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series within the first 30 starts of the year and is currently 27th in the driver point standings.

Aflac Cancer Center, in conjunction with Emory University School of Medicine and the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, is committed to excellence and innovation in pediatric cancer and blood disorders research. Their participation in hundreds of national therapeutic and non-therapeutic clinical trials gives their patients access to the latest in treatment for childhood cancer and blood disorders.

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Series Charity , NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Gilliland , Travis Kvapil
Teams Yates Racing