CHAMPCAR/CART: Chip Ganassi Racing auction benefit

Target Chip Ganassi Racing auctions off racing experiences to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 21, 2002) - Target Chip Ganassi Racing is auctioning off two exclusive racing experiences on Ebay to benefit...

Target Chip Ganassi Racing auctions off racing experiences to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 21, 2002) - Target Chip Ganassi Racing is auctioning off two exclusive racing experiences on Ebay to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Starting June 19, fans have a chance to bid on a CART and/or NASCAR "Once-in-a-Lifetime Racing Experience" on Ebay.

The CART and NASCAR racing experiences will be featured on the home page of Ebay (www.ebay.com <http://www.ebay.com>) starting on June 19 and will end June 29. Proceeds from this auction will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a long-time partner of Target and Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Over the past five years, Target Chip Ganassi Racing has raised nearly $250,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by donating $5,000 for each victory, $1,000 for each pole position and $25 for each lap lead in the CART series. So far this season, the team has donated $10,925 to Target House and St. Jude.

The highest bidder for the NASCAR all-access racing weekend will enjoy unique access to team drivers and team members during the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina October 11 - 13, 2002. This auction is item #1837991129 on www.ebay.com.

The NASCAR Target Chip Ganassi Racing Experience will include two nights accommodation (Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th) at the Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte, North Carolina just 4 miles from Lowe's Motor Speedway, two tickets per day (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), the tickets will permit entry into Lowe's Motor Speedway with reserved seating for race day, parking will be included, invitations for 2 to the Target Hospitality facility, the hospitality facility is enclosed in the exclusive Hospitality Village, a meal will be served on race day, personal autograph and photo session with Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver, Jimmy Spencer, two Official Pit Crew Shirts, these shirts are worn by the team members during the race weekend and carry the logos of all the sponsors. The distribution of these shirts is very carefully controlled and the shirts to be won as part of this auction are the only shirts that will be issued this year to non-team members, the auction winner be given some of the wheel nuts taken off the cars during pit stops, a personally guided tour of the race team transporters and facilities, during the tour, the auction winner and a companion will be shown the inner workings of the team transporters and get a close look at the team working on the racecars, a signed pair of gloves (used during the race) from Jimmy Spencer, the winner will participate in pre-race ceremonies alongside the team members, this includes being in the pits with the team during the driver introductions and the National Anthem, a voucher for the rental of 2 scanners and headsets for the weekend, a $100.00 Target Gift Card (redeemable at any Target store), a $100 gift certificate, which is redeemable at the Action Performance/Target Chip Ganassi Racing merchandise trailer during the race weekend.

The highest bidder for the CART all-access racing weekend will enjoy unprecedented access to team drivers and team members during The 500, presented by Toyota at the California Speedway on November 1st - 3rd, 2002. This auction is item #1837983454 on www.ebay.com.

The CART Target Chip Ganassi Racing Experience will include two nights at the team hotel, two tickets to race weekend events, two pit/paddock passes, personal autograph and photo session with Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers - Kenny Brack, Bruno Junqueira and Scott Dixon, two official pit crew shirts, a personal guided tour of the race team transporters and facilities, winner and a companion will accompany the team to the grid during the qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, a signed pair of gloves used during the race from one of the Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers, access to the pit area during the race, winner will participate in pre-race ceremonies alongside the team members, winner will operate the driver signboard during the pre-race warm-up session on race day, a voucher for the rental of two scanners and headsets for the weekend, a $100 Target gift card and a $100 gift certificate redeemable at the Target Chip Ganassi Racing merchandise trailer during race weekend.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., specializes in the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood illnesses. With an $11 million commitment, Target helped build "Target House," an upscale, 50-unit apartment complex where long-term patients and their families can live as they undergo treatment at St. Jude. Target has committed an additional $8.5 million to build Target House - Phase II, which will open in November 2002 and will enable St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to meet 100% of its long-term housing needs.

About Target Stores Minneapolis-based Target Stores serves guests at 1,081 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today's best retail trends at affordable prices. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at target.com, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target Stores, along with its parent company Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), gives back more than $2 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

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Series Charity , IndyCar , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Bruno Junqueira , Scott Dixon , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing