CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green presented 100 Black Men of America a major donation

Team Kool Green Connects With Urban Community Check for $74,470.31 issued to 100 Black Men of America for technology outreach program FONTANA, Calif. (November 4, 2001) - A check for $74,470.31 was presented to the 100 Black Men of America today...

Team Kool Green Connects With Urban Community
Check for $74,470.31 issued to 100 Black Men of America for technology outreach program

FONTANA, Calif. (November 4, 2001) - A check for $74,470.31 was presented to the 100 Black Men of America today by Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti, following the conclusion of the 2001 CART racing season at California Speedway. The donation, which is the result of an on-track performance program that saw Team KOOL Green offer financial contributions for each lap completed by its drivers over five races this season, will be used by the 100 to provide increased access to computers, technology, and training in urban communities.

"The partnership between Team KOOL Green and the 100 is in my opinion one of the best partnerships we've ever had with a corporate sponsor," said Bill Simms, National President of 100 Black Men of America. "Everything about the program was fantastic, and all of our members who came to the races had an excellent time. But the real key here is the opportunity to give technology to underserved families. We've already ordered 465 computers to distribute to our various chapters. That will start this fantastic chance for the young adults in our urban communities to better prepare for jobs, and see a whole new world. The second thing with regard to this partnership is, it has spawned several other sponsorships in the area of technology. So thanks to Team KOOL Green we have a great start toward our goal of providing computers across the country."

Through their partnership with 100 Black Men of America, Team KOOL Green provides financial donations for race performances by Tracy and Franchitti in FedEx Champ Car events. The funds will be used by 100 Black Men of America to support their efforts in urban centers to connect young adults over 21 with new information and communication tools to make a positive impact in their communities, including access to the Internet, new computer technology, and skills training.

"It's been great to be able to raise this kind of money for the 100's technology program," said Franchitti. "We race to win every time we hit the track, and knowing that our efforts produce something that benefits a lot of people is a good feeling."

"Technology is a big part of what we do," added Tracy, "so contributing to a program like this one is a natural step for Team KOOL Green. I like to think we may be creating some future race engineers or crew members."

100 Black Men of America is a group of concerned African Americans whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the African-American community. For further information visit the TKG web site at www.koolracing.com.

-TKG-

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti