CHAMPCAR/CART: CART Presents Check to the Buoniconti Fund

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (February 9, 2000) - Championship Auto Racing Teams Chairman and CEO Andrew Craig today presented a check for $75,000 to the Buoniconti Fund on behalf of CART Charities, a division within CART that focuses on raising funds to...

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (February 9, 2000) - Championship Auto Racing Teams Chairman and CEO Andrew Craig today presented a check for $75,000 to the Buoniconti Fund on behalf of CART Charities, a division within CART that focuses on raising funds to benefit worthy organizations.

In making the presentation, Craig noted that in 2000, CART Charities will continue to donate the majority of funds raised to the Buoniconti Fund, the Miami-based organization which is a part of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to present the Buoniconti Fund with this check on behalf of CART Charities," said Craig, who oversees North America's leading open-wheel racing sanctioning organization. "Likewise, we are very pleased to be able to continue our support of the Buoniconti Fund as the primary beneficiary of the funds we raise."

CART Charities raised funds in two ways in 1999. First, it conducted an online auction of Champ Car memorabilia, ranging from autographed driver racing gloves and helmets to an actual race car. The 1999 auction began in August and concluded in December at CART's Internet site - www.cart.com.

Secondly, during the holiday season, CART encouraged its fans to help spread the holiday spirit and benefit CART Charities by displaying CART Holiday stickers on their packages and mail. Any donor who contributed $100 or more received a special CART Charities collector pin.

At Wednesday evening's function, members of the CART community were honored for their outstanding service and generosity during CART Charities' first year. Among those patrons honored were actor Paul Newman and Carl Haas, co-owners of Newman/Haas racing; Gerry Forsythe, owner of Player's Forsythe Racing and the Forsythe Championship Racing Team, and Chip Ganassi, owner of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing, which won its unprecedented fourth consecutive FedEx Championship Series championship in 1999.

The evening also included presentation of the 1999 CART Nation's Cup to Team Brazil and drivers Christian Fittipaldi, Roberto Moreno, Gil de Ferran, Mauricio Gugelmin, Helio Castro-Neves, Tony Kanaan and Cristiano da Matta. Last year, Brazil became the first country other than the United States to win the Nation's Cup - presented to the country whose drivers score the highest finishes during the 20-event FedEx Championship Series season - in the award's five-year history.

The Grand Bay Towers of Key Biscayne donated its facilities for Wednesday's program.

In addition to its support of the Buoniconti Fund, CART Charities also will benefit the Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary (CARA) in 2000.

In 1985, Terry Buoniconti and Miami Dolphin legend Nick Buoniconti helped found the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after the paralyzing injury their son, Marc, sustained during a college football game. Since then, the Miami Project has become the world's most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center. With over 100 doctors, scientists and clinicians affiliated with the University of Miami School of Medicine, the Miami Project has made unparalleled and spectacular findings in its efforts to find a cure. It has generated hope for millions of people paralyzed by spinal cord injuries. Committed to finding a cure and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established the Buoniconti Fund, a non-profit organization with chapters in cities throughout the United States. It serves as the national fundraising arm of the Miami Project.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Roberto Moreno , Christian Fittipaldi , Tony Kanaan , Mauricio Gugelmin , Paul Newman , Carl Haas , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing