BUSCH: ppc Racing, Wallace add Dover race partner

ppc Racing, Kenny Wallace Partner with Charities for Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway (MOORESVILLE, NC) -- ppc Racing officials announced today that The Scleroderma Foundation of the Delaware Valley and the Juvenile Diabetes Research ...

ppc Racing, Kenny Wallace Partner with Charities for Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway

(MOORESVILLE, NC) -- ppc Racing officials announced today that The Scleroderma Foundation of the Delaware Valley and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be associate sponsors on the #22 ppc Racing AutoZone Ford Taurus driven by Kenny Wallace in the NASCAR Busch Series Dover 200 on September 24th at Dover International Speedway.

"We are pleased to announce our partnership with ppc Racing and Kenny Wallace this weekend," said Pat Johnsen, Executive Director of the Scleroderma Foundation of the Delaware Valley. b^0x001cA partnership with ppc Racing and Kenny Wallace is a terrific way to raise awareness and funds for this devastating auto-immune disease that affects over 300,000 people in the United States alone. We wish Kenny Wallace, the #22 AutoZone crew, and the entire ppc Racing Team much success at Dover on September 24th."

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with ppc Racing and Kenny Wallace in an effort to increase awareness and support the research needed to fight diabetes," said Becky Maude, Executive Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. "The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research, and we appreciate all of the efforts of Kenny Wallace and the #22 AutoZone Ford team to raise awareness for this cause."

"We are very proud to be associated with both the Scleroderma Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and are pleased to have them aboard," said Greg Pollex, owner of ppc Racing. b^0x001cAwareness of these causes and their needs is the biggest objective of these organizations, and we intend to help reach their goal by putting Kenny Wallace and the #22 AutoZone Ford up front. I hope that all of our fans will visit www.sclerodermadv.org and www.jdrf.org to learn more about these diseases. Scleroderma affects women four times as often as men, and this initiative, along with others this year, reflects our efforts on behalf of our female NASCAR fans and all women. While Type I diabetes is a disease which strikes in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood, but lasts a lifetime."

About The Scleroderma Foundation of the Delaware Valley. . .

The Scleroderma Foundation of the Delaware Valley Chapter (SFDV), founded in 1988, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that serves eastern Pennsylvania as far west as Altoona, central and southern New Jersey and all of Delaware. Our mission is three-pronged:

* to raise funds for research on the cause and treatment of scleroderma

* to help patients and their families cope with the disease through mutual support programs and hotline assistance

* to educate patients and their families as well as medical professionals and the public, through meetings, literature, a newsletter, public awareness programs and political advocacy

Unfortunately, as great strides are being made for the treatment and cure of many diseases, scleroderma still remains relatively unknown to the general public. As you may be aware, scleroderma, a devastating autoimmune disease that hardens the skin and often attacks internal organs causing death, affects over 300,000 U.S. citizens. Because it is a disease that receives so little attention, it is important to consider these facts:

* 80% of scleroderma patients are women between the ages of 25 and 55, frequently during childbearing years, (5,000 to 7,000 children suffer with either the linear or morphea form of pediatric scleroderma)

* external and internal forms of the disease can cause serious facial changes, disfigurement and even death

* we do not yet know what causes scleroderma and currently there is no cure

* annual direct and indirect costs of scleroderma in the United States are $1.5 billion, according to a study abstract published in Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, and

* 50 million Americans suffer from an autoimmune disease

About The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. . .

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research worldwide. JDFR is driven by results and successes in three major cure goals: restoring normal blood sugar, preventing and reversing diabetes-related complications, and preventing diabetes.

Affects Young Children

Type 1 diabetes strikes children suddenly, makes them dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. While diagnosis most often occurs in childhood and adolescence, it can and does strike adults as well. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While the causes of this process are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.

Needs Constant Attention

To stay alive, people with type 1 diabetes must take multiple insulin injections daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump, and test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times per day. While trying to balance insulin doses with their food intake and daily activities, people with this form of diabetes must always be prepared for serious hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) reactions, both of which can be life-limiting and life threatening. While insulin allows a person to stay alive, it does not cure diabetes nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating effects: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart attack and stroke.

Statistics and Warning Signs

* As many as 3 million Americans may have type 1 diabetes.

* Each year more than 13,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. That's 35 children every day.

* Warning signs of type 1 diabetes include: extreme thirst, frequent urination, drowsiness or lethargy, increased appetite, sudden weight loss for no reason, sudden vision changes, sugar in urine, fruity odor on breath, heavy or labored breathing, stupor or unconsciousness. These may occur suddenly.

About ppc Racing LLC and Greg Pollex . . .

ppc Racing enters its sixth year of competition in 2005 under the ownership of Greg Pollex. His NASCAR Busch Series teams alone have amassed 32 wins and more than 150 top-five and 250 top-10 finishes in just five seasons. In its inaugural year, ppc Racing won the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series driver and owner's championship, finishing 1-2 in the standings. This year ppc Racing fields full-time entries in NASCAR's Busch and Craftsman Truck Series and a part-time schedule in the NEXTEL Cup Series. Pollex has hired recognizable and successful drivers Kenny Wallace, Michel Jourdain Jr., and Terry Cook to compete for the series' championships, and recently added Brent Sherman for a limited series in 2005 and a full season in 2006.

-www.ppcracing.

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Series Charity , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kenny Wallace , Terry Cook , Brent Sherman , Michel Jourdain