CHAMPCAR/CART: TKG's success helps urban residents

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 26, 2001) - Thanks to a joint effort undertaken this past June by the 100 Black Men of America (100) and Team KOOL Green, more than 1,000 computers are being placed in cyber centers and homes across America, with...

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 26, 2001) - Thanks to a joint effort undertaken this past June by the 100 Black Men of America (100) and Team KOOL Green, more than 1,000 computers are being placed in cyber centers and homes across America, with computer access and training being provided to adult urban residents.

The computer placement and access and training programs were described today by Bill Simms, National President of the 100, and Bert Kremer, Director of Sponsorships for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation (B&W), at the site of the 100 Black Men of America's Fall 2001 Leadership Conference here.

The two detailed how funds contributed this season by Team KOOL Green (who participate in Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) FedEx Champ Car series) through an innovative on-track program, are being used to support the 100's Computer Technology Initiative. That initiative is placing more than 1,000 computers in cyber centers in six cities - Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles - as well as in homes in other urban centers to increase access to technology for adult residents of urban communities.

Team KOOL Green's support for the 100's urban technology program, which was announced prior to the Detroit Grand Prix this past June, is based on race performances by drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti. For each lap completed by the two drivers at races in Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago, as well as upcoming events in Houston and Fontana, California, Team KOOL Green contributes to the 100's Technology Initiative. Additionally the donations are increased for certain other racing successes including wins, 1-2 finishes and winning the CART championship. With still two races remaining in the program, Team KOOL Green's total donation to the 100 has exceeded $52,000.

Describing the computer placement and training initiative, Mr. Simms said, "where many were once stranded on the shoulder of the information superhighway, they now have a level of proficiency which will greatly improve their personal and professional lives. One of the most commendable and lasting aspects of the 100's legacy will be the door opened as a result of our Community Technology Initiative."

Expressing belief in this "extremely worthwhile venture in support of the people of our urban communities," Mr. Kremer said "I extend our heartiest congratulations to Bill Simms and his colleagues in the 100 Black Men organization on their leadership and innovation in creating a variety of programs which encourage, motivate and assist African-Americans to achieve their full potential."

Mr. Kremer predicted that 100's Community Technology Initiative, of which the placement of computers and access and training programs form vital parts, "will play a significant role in helping to move urban-dwelling African-Americans into the world of technology. And connecting them to this technology will undoubtedly play a major role in the realization of their personal and professional goals."

Founded in 1963, the 100 Black Men of America is a nonprofit organization of concerned African-Americans whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the African-American community through their collective resources, ability and experience. The organization is dedicated to providing support to 91 national chapters in 28 states and the District of Columbia. As well, it has four international chapters.

Speaking for Team KOOL Green at the news conference, driver Paul Tracy said, "I think that participating in the 100's computer initiative is a great way for Team KOOL Green to give back to the urban communities that welcome us on race weekends. While we're really focused on racing when we come into a city, we're not blind to the problems facing some urban communities. I think we have a responsibility to do something and this participation enables us to help."

Describing how the team benefits while contributing to the urban community through its support of the urban technology program, Tracy said "our involvement offers us an excellent opportunity to help meet our ongoing need to develop our sport's future engineers and high-tech personnel."

Mr. Kremer also said, "everyone associated with the team is especially inspired to do well. Their inspiration is derived from the knowledge that their successes will have a positive impact on the technology program for urban Americans. The team members relish the thought that in achieving their own goals they will be helping many urban Americans realize theirs."

Through three of the five races, TKG has already contributed $52,177.81 to the 100's urban technology program. That total includes $41,177.81 in lap money ($16,683.81 from Detroit, $8,881 from Cleveland and $16,613 from Chicago), plus a $10,000 bonus for Franchitti's race win in the Cleveland Grand Prix.

A "bonus" of $10,000 is donated for each race if either TKG driver wins, another $20,000 is given for any race in which the two drivers finish first and second, and $100,000 if TKG wins the CART championship.


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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti
Teams Williams