CHAMPCAR/CART: CCWS, drivers initiate special program

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES AND ITS DRIVERS INITIATE LAP LEADER PROGRAM TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE ASSOCIATION OF HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS INDIANAPOLIS (June 13, 2005) -- As the founder of the Hole in the Wall Camps, legendary actor Paul Newman has...

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES AND ITS DRIVERS INITIATE LAP LEADER PROGRAM TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE ASSOCIATION OF HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS

INDIANAPOLIS (June 13, 2005) -- As the founder of the Hole in the Wall Camps, legendary actor Paul Newman has helped to bring comfort and joy to nearly 100,000 seriously-ill children in the 17 years that the camps have been in operation. As the co-owner of Newman/Haas Racing, the noted philanthropist has also helped to bring the thrill and excitement of Champ Car racing to millions of fans around the world, as well as five championships to his own racing stable.

Two of the major components of Newman's life came together in 2003 when the Hole in the Wall Camps became the Official Charity of Champ Car, leading to a number of new fund-raising initiatives. Now the series and many of its drivers have undertaken a new program that will help the fabled team owner and race-winning driver bring even more money to children and their families as they attend one of the nine camps currently in operation around the world.

The 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will feature a new Lap Leader program in which drivers that participate in the program will donate money for each race lap that they lead, with all of the proceeds going directly to the camps. In addition, the Champ Car World Series will match that donation on every race weekend in hopes of raising more than $20,000 for the Hole in the Wall Camps this year.

"Paul Newman has done so much for Champ Car, especially in the last few seasons, that we wanted to show our support for one of his most cherished causes," said Champ Car President Dick Eidswick. "We are honored to be able to aid the Hole in the Wall Camps, and I must say that we at Champ Car are very proud that our drivers have stepped up as well. Champ Car is pleased to be a part of this endeavor and we intend to continue our affiliation and our support for many years to come."

The June 4 race in Milwaukee raised over $3,000 for the Hole in the Wall Camps, with nearly a third of that total coming from race winner Paul Tracy, who led 192 of the day's 221 laps. To date, the series and its drivers have raised over $5,000 for the Hole in the Wall Camps.

In addition, series presenting sponsor and exclusive tire manufacturer Bridgestone will raise $35,000 to go directly to the Hole in the Wall camps through its year-long Bridgestone Pole Award. The award raises $2,500 for the camps at each of the year's 14 races, with Bridgestone also donating another $2,500 per race to a local charitable organization.

The Hole in the Wall Camps give seriously-ill children a place to enjoy life and to experience the joys of nature that many of them had not been able to be a part of due to their illnesses. From the inception of the program in 1988 with one camp in Ashford, Connecticut, the Hole in the Wall Camps have expanded to include eight camps, with a ninth under construction in Israel. The system is entirely supported by charitable contributions, allowing children to attend the camps at no charge. The camps feature state-of-the-art medical facilities and supervision while still allowing the children to, in the words of Newman, "kick back, relax, raise a little hell and just be kids".

The Champ Car World Series will take to the track next at Portland International Raceway June 17-19 with the G.I. Joe's Presents the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland. Some of the finest open-wheel drivers in the world will do battle on the 1.969-mile road course with victories and championship glory on their minds, while keeping the fate of sick children and their families in their hearts.

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Paul Newman