WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 30, 2001) -- When Hal Goodson and Taylor Motorsports embark on their NASCAR Busch Series debut this week at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, they hope to create awareness off the track as well. The Winston-Salem, N.C. based team is partnering with Prevent Child Abuse Virginia in an effort to spread the word about the prevention of child abuse. Goodson will pilot the No. 05 "Blue Ribbon" car in the May 4th NASCAR Busch Series race.
A press conference will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at 12 noon at Richmond Int'l Raceway to unveil the car and talk about the partnership. The special paint scheme will include a blue ribbon on the hood of the car with the Prevent Child Abuse Virginia logo on both quarter panels of the No. 05 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to create awareness on an issue that needs to be talked about more often," said Goodson. "Being a parent of two small children myself, I recognize the importance of understanding effective parenting skills and how those skills can impact the lives of children."
Based in Richmond, Va., Prevent Child Abuse Virginia is a statewide, private, non-profit organization with a mission to prevent the abuse and neglect of children. They are dedicated to improving family life in Virginia by valuing children, strengthening families and engaging communities. Prevent Child Abuse Virginia is the state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America.
"Although the blue ribbon campaign began as a tribute to children harmed by abuse, we prefer to emphasize the positive aspect of the term 'blue ribbon' ," said Steve Jurentkuff, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Virginia. "We want to let race fans know that we all have a job to do when it comes to the welfare of children. Being a 'blue ribbon parent' means trying your best for your children. A 'blue ribbon community' is one in which the citizens are sensitive to the needs of families."
"I'm glad that we are able to help educate America on the causes, effects and prevention of child abuse," said Taylor Motorsports Team Owner George Taylor. "When looking for a charity to partner with for the Richmond NASCAR Busch Series race, we were very impressed with the programs and services that are offered by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia. I think this partnership has the potential to help the lives of many children."
"We know that NASCAR fans have the highest brand loyalty of all sports," Jurentkuff added. "With this partnership, we will be able to present the concept of the 'blue ribbon family' to fans in a way that they will remember."
The May 4th NASCAR Busch Series race at Richmond Int'l Raceway will mark the first of four events the team will enter during the 2001 season. Plans call for the team to enter NASCAR Busch Series events at Bristol Motor Speedway, Aug. 24; Richmond Int'l Raceway, Sept. 7; and Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 10.
Goodson and Taylor Motorsports plan to compete full-time in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2002.
Goodson joined Taylor Motorsports in July 2000, competing in the USAR ProCup Series. In his brief stint in the series, Goodson has collected three victories, seven top-five and 11 top-ten finishes, along with four pole positions while competing in only 18 events. Goodson's most recent victory was on April 13, 2001 in USAR ProCup Series competition at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C.
A graduate of The Citadel, the Darlington, S.C. native has claimed over 100 victories during his racing career, including two national championships. Goodson was honored in 1995 and 1997 as the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Champion. The Taylor Motorsports driver has also previously competed in the NASCAR Busch Series.
To learn more about Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, visit www.preventchildabuseva.org or call 1-800-CHILDREN.
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