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On Track For Charity Presented By Visa Will Benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp And Speedway Children'S Charities. Oct. 11 fun walk provides fans an up-close look at LMS during race weekend. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 17, 2002) - The National ...

On Track For Charity Presented By Visa Will Benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp And Speedway Children'S Charities.

Oct. 11 fun walk provides fans an up-close look at LMS during race weekend.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 17, 2002) - The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today the"On Track For Charity" Presented by VISA fundraising event set for Oct. 11 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp and Speedway Children's Charities.

After the final NASCAR Busch Series practice session on Oct. 11, NASCAR fans who have registered for the event will have the opportunity to walk the track at Lowe's Motor Speedway along with various NASCAR drivers including Kyle Petty, John Andretti and Jerry Nadeau.

During this family-friendly event - which will begin at approximately 4:45 p.m. - fans will have the opportunity to get a closer look at the 1.5-mile oval, including the sharp 24-degree banking.

Funds raised from the event will reach thousands of children involved in various health, education and social programs through grants provided by Speedway Children's Charities to youth-related organizations. In addition, funds will help bring children with life-threatening illnesses to the racing-themed Victory Junction Gang Camp, scheduled to open in 2004 in Randleman, N.C.

The pre-registration fee is $15 until Oct. 1; children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult and can participate for free. All pre-registered participants will receive an event T-shirt along with a goody bag filled with NASCAR products donated by NASCAR sponsors and licensees. Registration can be done online at www.speedwaycharities.org or by calling (704) 455-4396.

"Visa has been a proud NASCAR sponsor since 1999, helping to bring NASCAR fans closer to the sport they love," said George Perry, director of event and sponsorship marketing for Visa U.S.A. "This special event is another way we're helping fans experience the thrill of NASCAR, while supporting two very deserving organizations."

"NASCAR fans will have a great opportunity to see up-close a track where their favorite drivers compete for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Championship," said George Pyne, NASCAR senior vice president."Victory Junction Gang Camp and Speedway Children's Charities are two exceptional industry-related charities, and it is our hope that fans will include this unique event in their plans."

"This event provides an incredible opportunity for race fans and the funds raised go toward excellent causes," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "How many fans have the opportunity to walk the playing field prior to a major, national event?"

Victory Junction Gang Camp, a Proud Charity of NASCAR, was founded by Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie. The camp, the only year-round multi-disease camp of its kind in the Carolinas and Virginia, was founded in honor of their late son Adam. Victory Junction will include more than 36 buildings on 65 acres donated by Richard and Lynda Petty. Like other camps under the umbrella of The Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps founded by actor Paul Newman, Victory Junction Gang Camp will be geared toward making every child's camp experience unforgettable and empowering. For more information, visit their site at www.victoryjunction.org

Speedway Children's Charities, a Proud Charity of NASCAR, is a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping children in need improve their quality of life. Through donations, sponsorships and fundraising events, Speedway Children's Charities distributes funds to qualified non-profit organizations providing direct medical, educational and social services to children in need. Additional information is available at www.speedwaycharities.org.

About Visa U.S.A.

Visa is the world's leading payment brand and largest consumer payment system, enabling banks to provide their consumer and merchant customers with a wide variety of payment alternatives. More than 14,000 U.S. financial institutions rely on Visa's processing system, VisaNet, to facilitate over $915 billion in annual transaction volume - including roughly half of all Internet payments - with virtually 100 percent reliability. U.S. consumers carry 376 million Visa-branded smart, credit, commercial, prepaid and check cards, accepted at approximately 24 million locations worldwide. Visa's people, partnerships, brand, payment technology and security standards are helping to create universal commerce - the ability to safely conduct transactions anytime, anywhere, anyway. For more information about Visa, please visit www.visa.com.

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Series Charity , NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers John Andretti , Kyle Petty , Jerry Nadeau , Paul Newman