KELLY BROTHERS TAKE PLIGHT OF QUEENSLANDERS TO THE WORLD IN ABU DHABI
Todd and Rick Kelly will take the plight of the people of Queensland to the world at the Yas V8 400 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates this weekend.
The Kelly brothers will run 'Queensland' signage on the bonnets, doors, rear bar and rear wing of their black and white Commodores in the first event of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship.
Each year Jack Daniel's branding is removed from the cars for the Middle Eastern leg of the championship, with 'Jack Lives Here' featured in the past.
But this year Todd and Rick Kelly will use their V8 Supercars to support the cause of the thousands of Queenslanders who have been touched by the recent floods in South East Queensland and subsequent Cyclone Yasi in the northern part of the state.
Rick Kelly said that he was happy to represent Queensland in Abu Dhabi this weekend after the events of the past few weeks.
"The crazy weather of the past few weeks has affected people right around Australia, but nowhere as significantly as up in Queensland," said Rick Kelly.
"This weekend we will be taking the plight of Queenslanders to the world, not only encouraging our Australian fans to dig deep and donate, but also spreading the word in the Middle East and right around the world via the TV telecast of this weekend's race."
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh extended her thanks to the Bathurst winning brothers.
"The support of Rick and Todd Kelly and the Jack Daniel's team is testimony to the support of the V8 Supercars fraternity to Queensland's current situation," said Bligh.
"Their commitment will bring enormous focus to the plight of those affected by the floods and cyclone through national and international TV and extended media.
"This is testimony to the fantastic support we have received across the board from Australians of all walks of life.
"We understand that branding on the side of a V8 Supercar costs a lot of money and we are appreciative of the Queensland branding provided by Jack Daniel's Racing.
"We look forward to seeing Rick and Todd and the entire V8 Supercars clan in Townsville and then the Gold Coast later in the year."
Rick Kelly said that he was happy to help the Premier's Relief Fund.
"Anna Bligh has done a tremendous job leading Queensland through these trying circumstances," said Rick Kelly.
"We get to see a couple times a year when we race in Townsville and the Gold Coast and she is a friend of the entire V8 Supercars community.
"Queenslanders are a tough bunch. We are happy to help them in this tough time - and I hope some of their well-known sporting success rubs off on us in Abu Dhabi this weekend."
Jack Daniel's Racing's support for Queensland on the race track this weekend follows significant off-track support by Brown-Forman, owners of the Jack Daniel's brand, who donated US$100,000 to the cause in January.
The 2011 V8 Supercars Championship will be telecast in 102 countries across the SPEED Channel (North America), Band Sports (South America), ESPN Star Sports (Asia), Australia Network (Asia), TV3 (New Zealand), Seven and 7mate (Australia), Fox Sports (Australia), MotorsTV (Europe) and Orbit Showtime (Middle East).
The entire team at Kelly Racing encourages fans right around the world to visit www.qld.gov.au/floods to learn more about the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi as well as donate to the Premier's Flood Appeal.
-source: kelly racing