HIGH POINT, N.C. -- In keeping with industry-wide support for victims of last week's attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. and to those engaged in the support efforts, the #93 Amoco-Siemens team will feature special design elements for this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Dover Downs (DL) International Speedway.
Replacing the Amoco Ultimate branding on the hood of the #93 entry, the logo of the American Red Cross will appear exclusively along with contact information (1-800-HELP-NOW......1-800-435-7669) for the organization, which is primary to the on-going relief efforts following terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. on September 11.
In addition, the official shield of the Fire Department of New York will replace the deck-lid signage on the #93 Dodge occupied weekly by Siemens, the team's major associate sponsor, which joined Amoco in waiving their space on the #93 entry for this weekend's race.
Car Owner Bill Davis and driver Dave Blaney will also join many other NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams in generating additional funds in a lap-to-lap fund-raising program at Dover Downs, initiated by Penske Racing and drivers Jeremy Mayfield (#12) and Rusty Wallace (#2). Along with sponsors Amoco and Siemens, Davis and Blaney will contribute $10 per-lap each for every lap run during the MBNA-sponsored 400-lap race this weekend at Dover, totaling $40 per-lap and as much $16,000 to the Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.
The Amoco funding for the driver-driven project with Blaney and the #93 team is in addition to the $5 million in corporate contributions to U.S. disaster relief made last week, including $1 million to the American Red Cross and $2 million each to the Emergency Services Relief Fund in New York (serving members and families of the NYPD and FDNY) and to a broad range of other organizations responding to the relief efforts following the events of September 11.
Siemens has pledged $2 million to support emergency assistance agencies in New York and Washington and the company will match contributions from its 460,000 employees in 193 countries worldwide.
The other BDR entries -- the #22 Caterpillar Dodge in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the #23 Jani-King Pontiac in the NASCAR Busch Series -- will also feature special design elements for the Dover races.
Sam Pardon, an over-the-wall crew member for the #22 Cat team and key member of the fabrication shop at BDR, has spent the week in New York at the World Trade Center site, volunteering his metal-work expertise to the massive rescue effort in conjunction with Lincoln Electric, a leading producer of welding machinery and a Bill Davis Racing partner.
With impact of the devastation organization-wide at BDR, the efforts of firefighters at the New York and Washington, D.C. sites were particularly personal to the #93 Amoco-Siemens crew members, whose road-crew includes four current or former firefighters (MARK PARRISH-Transporter Driver and Gas Man), STEVE COVELL (Chef and MotorHome driver), STEVE CARTER (Scorer) and TIM JACKSON (Pit Support).
Jonathan Murath, a active New York City firefighter, was pivotal in Siemens' effort to secure the opportunity to display the FDNY shields on the deck-lid of the #93 Dodge. Murath, currently serving at the WTC site on a 24-hour on-off rotation, is a member of the "Fire Factor" firehouse in Harlem (Engine 58, Ladder 26), located at 115th Street and 5th Avenue. Murath's group has suffered losses in the aftermath of the WTC attack but continues to contribute tirelessly alongside firefighters from throughout New York and the region.
**NOTE: The American Red Cross reponds immediately to more than 67,000 disasters annually, including house or apartment fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions and other natural and man-made disasters.
Although the American Red Cross is not a government agency, its authority to provide disaster relief was formalized when, in 1905, the Red Cross was chartered by the U.S. Congress to "carry on system of national and international relief in time of peace and apply the same in mitigating the sufferings caused by pestilence, famine, fire, floods and other great national calamities, and to devise and carry on measures for preventing the same".
Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food and health and mental services to address basic human needs. In addition to these services, the core of the Red Cross disaster relief is the assistance given to individuals and families affected by disaster to enable them to resume their normal daily activities independently.
The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to disaster victims, and helps those affected by disaster to access other available resources.
CONTACT INFORMATION: 1-800-HELP-NOW (435-7669)...Spanish (800-257-7575)...1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543)...redcross.org...American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013