ASA team WalTom Racing Race for a Cure preview

WalTom Racing Presents 2004 CITGO/MDA Race For A Cure CHICAGO, IL (October 4, 2004) - As if having two teams compete full-time on the 2004 ASA National Tour didn't keep them busy enough, WalTom Racing has again put their all into a special ...

WalTom Racing Presents 2004 CITGO/MDA Race For A Cure

CHICAGO, IL (October 4, 2004) - As if having two teams compete full-time on the 2004 ASA National Tour didn't keep them busy enough, WalTom Racing has again put their all into a special fundraising program designed to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, one of the team's major partners.

For the past two years, Texor Petroleum has teamed up with WalTom Racing to present the CITGO/MDA Race for a Cure. That effort, which brought the entire ASA racing community together for several trackside fundraising events in the past, brought in contributions totaling nearly $500,000.

For 2004, Texor Petroleum has developed the "CITGO/MDA Summer Camp Challenge." Essentially, they challenge their past sponsors, friends, and the entire ASA community to raise $100,000 for MDA. Texor will match all contributions, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000, all to benefit Jerry's kids.

Providing the "Best Week of the Year", MDA's summer camp program annually allows nearly 4,200 youngsters with neuromuscular diseases to attend 88 camp sessions across the country. Campers get a chance to play, learn new skills, be creative and make lasting memories with the love and support of 5,000 volunteer counselors. For a child with neuromuscular disease, summer camp is a magical place where barriers simply do not exist. A child with a disability can just be a child among friends with the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships, share interests and build self-confidence.

"I've had the opportunity to go to a couple of different camps in they past and they just really touch your heart," said WalTom Racing driver Robbie Pyle. "You got to see each kid individually. One of the neatest things about the camps is that each camper there has one 'helper' who is dedicated to them for the entire week. These helpers are teenage kids most of the time and for that week, they dedicate themselves to the campers and just helping out in anyway they can. It is neat to see people come together like that. When you go there and visit, you really want to become even more of a part of it.

"It's cool that I'm associated with a team and a sponsor that does something like this. This is much different than having a sponsor just give you money and just using the money to help your racing endeavors. Tom and Wally (Gleitsman, the WalTom Racing owners) have always been into giving back and this is something that is very near and dear to their heart.

"The ASA community has stepped up in the past and we are challenging them to do it again. If we can raise $100,000, Texor will match it and it will make for some pretty special times for a lot of special kids out there."

For more information on the fundraising program, please visit www.waltomracing.com

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