CHAMPCAR/CART: Texaco race teams support Red Cross flood relief

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 15 - In the wake of Tropical Storm Allison, Texaco and the Texaco/Havoline Racing teams have joined together in an effort to encourage relief to the flood victims. Texaco and its sponsored racing teams will display...

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 15 - In the wake of Tropical Storm Allison, Texaco and the Texaco/Havoline Racing teams have joined together in an effort to encourage relief to the flood victims.

Texaco and its sponsored racing teams will display special decals identifying 1-800 HELP NOW, the toll-free telephone donation number for the American Red Cross, on their entries in the NASCAR and CART racing series.

Ricky Rudd, who will be driving the #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford at the Pocono 500 race on Sunday, said, "Our hearts and prayers go out to the people who have been affected by this flood. The entire team is pleased to be able to use the #28 car to help encourage people to provide relief to these communities."

Also driving on Sunday, in the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit, Cristiano da Matta in the #6 Texaco/Havoline/Kmart car said, "The Texas and Louisiana fans and communities have always supported our team and we want to do all we can to help out. It's great that we can use our race car to let racing fans around the country know how to help the flood victims."

Texaco announced earlier this week that it has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts. In addition, Texaco has activated the Texaco Humanitarian Relief Fund, which provides a vehicle for employees to make donations to ease the financial burden of fellow employees living and working in the areas impacted by the flood. Texaco employees have also been active in volunteering to help their neighbors, including distributing bottled water to areas without fresh drinking water.

Tropical Storm Allison has caused massive flooding in Texas and Louisiana. The deluge has resulted in widespread property damage; families forced out of their homes and, most unfortunately, a number of storm related fatalities. The American Red Cross was on the scene from the beginning of this storm providing lifesaving emergency relief, including safe shelter, health services, meals and emotional support. The Red Cross relief effort for the victims of Tropical Storm Allison is estimated to cost at least $15 million.

"Through their coordinated efforts, Texaco and the Texaco/Havoline Racing teams are playing an important role in helping the American Red Cross provide lifesaving assistance to those devastated by this terrible storm," said Jennifer Dunlap, senior vice president of development at the American Red Cross. "Their support shows a true concern for their neighbors."

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. To help the victims of this and other disasters, contributions can be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Internet users can make a secure online credit card contribution by visiting www.RedCross.org. Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

-NHR

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Series IndyCar , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Cristiano da Matta