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SEPTEMBER 28-30 at Phoenix Race (September 17, 2001 -- Florissant, Colorado) -- The members of the United States Speedway Series and National Auto Sport Association extend their sympathy and prayers for those who have given their lives ...

SEPTEMBER 28-30 at Phoenix Race

(September 17, 2001 -- Florissant, Colorado) -- The members of the United States Speedway Series and National Auto Sport Association extend their sympathy and prayers for those who have given their lives for America, to their families, and to all Americans at this difficult time.

In support, USSS and NASA will race September 28-30, 2001 to raise funds for the United Way September 11th Relief Fund, the Organ Donor Network, and the Arizona Kidney Foundation.

The USSS Firebird Indy Car Grand Prix will go as scheduled at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix and admission for all spectators will be free with a donation to the charities.

"The President has asked Americans to return to life and business as usual and the United States Speedway Series, working with the National Auto Sport Association, had planned to make this event a charitable fundraiser prior to these heinous acts of war," said Mike Lee, USSS Operations Manager.

"Funds are always needed for medical groups like the Organ Donor Network and the Arizona Kidney Foundation; but all the Indy car drivers and teams of the USSS also feel a strong need to demonstrate our support for the President, and for our fellow Americans in New York City and Washington, not only by helping to collect donations for the United Way Relief Fund, but by freely and fearlessly travelling to Phoenix to conduct our business, as usual."

The race will be run on Firebird's 1.5-mile main track, in a return to road course racing for USSS after three oval events. It is Round Six of the eight-race inaugural season for the USSS Indy car Championship.The event schedule includes practice on Friday and Saturday, with USSS Single-Car Qualifying at 3:00 pm Saturday. The USSS Firebird Indy Car Grand Prix will commence at 1:00 pm Sunday, September 30.

The USSS program for Indy cars and Champ cars will be a feature race event along with the NASA race program which includes Big Bore Production Based & GT Cars, Small Bore Production Based & GT Cars, Open Wheel Formula and Sports Racing Cars on the Firebird Main Track. The NASA Street car orientation program and High Performance Driving Event for Street Cars will be run on the Firebird West Track during the 3 day weekend.

Gates will open at 8:00 am daily and the public may make a donations to the Organ Donor Network, and the Arizona Kidney Foundation to gain free access to the grandstand and paddock areas.

USSS teams will also be contributing and collecting donations for the United Way September 11th Relief Fund. They will join NASA in continuing to raise funds for disaster aid at the remaining races of the season:

October 13-14 - Pikes Peak International - Colorado Springs, CO;

November 23-25 - Firebird International Raceway - Phoenix, AZ.

-www.usssracing.com

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Series Other open wheel , SCCA