CHAMPCAR/CART: CARA Charities "Taste of CART" a sell-out

August 11, 2001- Lexington, Ohio - A sell-out crowd of more than 400 members of the CART community dined in fine style Friday night at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course while raising more that $28,000 for charity during the sixth annual...

August 11, 2001- Lexington, Ohio - A sell-out crowd of more than 400 members of the CART community dined in fine style Friday night at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course while raising more that $28,000 for charity during the sixth annual Tones Spices CARA Charities Taste of CART. The total money raised included a $10,000 donation from Tones Spices which has sponsored Taste of CART for the last two years.

A favorite event each year on the CART racing tour and one of the highlights of CARA Charities' 20th Anniversary season celebration, Taste of CART gives participants a rare opportunity to experience the fine cuisine and delicacies prepared by the chefs and hospitality professionals on the CART circuit. Held in the paddock area at Mid-Ohio, the progressive dinner allowed guests to visit several of the unique motorcoaches in the paddock area, many decorated in a theme fitting with the offered cuisine that features a variety of international and American specialties.

This year's participating hospitality teams included Patrick Racing, Penske Racing, Team Rahal, Honda Racing, Fernandez Racing, Arciero/Blair Racing while Newman-Haas Racing, Target/Chip Ganassi Racing, Team KOOL Green and Team Motorola collaborated with FedEx for dessert that was served in the FedEx Championship Series hospitality unit. The participating hospitality groups will also select a charity to receive 25% of the proceeds raised from the event. This presentation will be made on the grid prior to Sunday's Miller Lite 200 FedEx Championship Series race at Mid-Ohio. A complete list of chefs and hospitality professionals participating in Sunday's charity check presentation follows.

In addition to the desserts at FedEx Hospitality, Honda, Penske Racing, CARA Charities and Fernandez Racing offered guests appetizers. Patrick Racing, Team Rahal and Arciero/Blair Racing offered served the evening's main entrees. Beverages included Fetzer Vineyard wines donated by Brown Forman, Miller Brewing Company products from Team Rahal and margaritas, courtesy of Fernandez Racing. Tones also had courtesy products from its lineup of spice products available for the evening's guests.

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2001 CARA Charities Tones Spices Taste of CART Check Presentation Participants

Arciero/Blair Racing Shane Azevedo

FedEx Hospitality and Fernandez Racing Troy Hanna, Randy Doyle, Chris Howard

Honda Racing Tim Olszewski

Penske Racing Kathy Connell

Newman/Haas Racing Mary-Lin Murphy Laura Cooper

Patrick Racing Dave Loik

Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Jon Wheeler

Team KOOL Green Connie Gibbs

Team Motorola Jim Rees

Team Rahal Rob Wall, Peter Herold

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Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, CARA Charities was founded in 1981 to serve the community through charitable work and promote the friendship of all those involved in the motorsports family. Over $3.25 million dollars has been distributed to numerous racing and community organizations, including the nationally recognized and award-winning "Buckle Up Baby" program that is a partnership between CARA Charities and the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust. In addition to the CARA Shirley Bettenhausen Children's Fund, other recipient charities include CART Ministries, San Bernardino Children's Fund, CARA Benevolent Fund, Inc., Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Foote Memorial Hospital, International Vehicular Injury Research Center, California Highway Patrol "Kids" Program, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Championship Drivers Association Benevolent Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer and Valley View Medical Center.

-CARA

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Chris Howard , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Team Penske