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INDY 500 VIP RACE PACKAGE AVAILABLE FOR AUCTION Proceeds from the package benefit the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation NAZARETH, PA (May 8, 2006) - The Michael Andretti Foundation will be auctioning off a VIP race package on eBay beginning...

INDY 500 VIP RACE PACKAGE AVAILABLE FOR AUCTION
Proceeds from the package benefit the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation

NAZARETH, PA (May 8, 2006) - The Michael Andretti Foundation will be auctioning off a VIP race package on eBay beginning Monday, May 8. As an honorary guest of Michael Andretti and Andretti Green Racing, the winner and a guest will attend a weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28.

The winner will get an insider's look at race weekend activities and preparations with AGR. They'll receive three nights lodging, the opportunity to meet Michael Andretti and several of the Andretti Green Racing drivers. The winner will participate as an honorary crew member for Michael Andretti during final practice on Carb Day and be in Michael Andretti's pits during the running of the Indy 500. The package also includes a private tour of the race cars and a VIP invite to the private invitation only Andretti Green Racing team party.

Race day activities include breakfast with the team and sponsors and enjoying all the excitement of pre- race activities. Once the race starts, you can stay in the pits and see all the behind-the-wall racing action up close and personal. This access is only available to IndyCar team personnel and to those with special permission -- access that makes this package truly unique and priceless.

All proceeds from the package will benefit the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. "I'm excited about being able to put a package like this together," said Andretti. We hope to raise a good amount of money with the auction and are very excited to be able to pass it along to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. I'm a big supporter of Sam and all the effort he has put toward this cause over the years."

The VIP Package will be auctioned on eBay until Monday, May 15. The package is available by visiting www.ebay.com or directly at: cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8808298025

The Michael Andretti Foundation is a 501(c)(3) foundation that was established to help people who have shown need and to help promote programs for better health, education and welfare of America's children and citizens. For more information about The Michael Andretti Foundation, visit www.andretti.com.

About SSPF
The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) helps individuals overcome spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances. This research also benefits stroke victims and people diagnosed with ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. SSPF also funds quality of life programs throughout the country benefiting people with paralysis and other disabilities and through its national Day at the Races programs. SSPF works tirelessly in its advocacy efforts both locally and nationally. Further information is available at www.samschmidt.org or (317) 236-9999.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Sam Schmidt