GM/NHRA raffle to benefit children

Autographed Racing Helmet To Be Raffled For Columbus Children's Hospital Central Ohio Pontiac Dealers Will Raise Money For Eighth Straight Year BRISTOL, Tenn., April 26, 2005 - Race fans attending the O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals this ...

Autographed Racing Helmet To Be Raffled For Columbus Children's Hospital
Central Ohio Pontiac Dealers Will Raise Money For Eighth Straight Year

BRISTOL, Tenn., April 26, 2005 - Race fans attending the O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals this weekend at Bristol Dragway, the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac on May 12 - 15 at Atlanta Dragway, or the Pontiac Performance Nationals presented by Summit Racing in Columbus, Ohio, on May 19 -22, will have an opportunity to win a piece of motorsports history.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Central Ohio Pontiac dealers will raise money for the Columbus Children's Hospital by raffling a Simpson Racing helmet signed by nearly 40 NHRA racers from the NHRA POWERade tour. Fans attending the Dave Gill Pontiac-GMC NHRA Fanfest in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 18, will also have a chance to enter the contest.

To register, contestants will donate one dollar for each entry form they submit at the Pontiac-GMC display on the NHRA Manufacturers' Midway. Special giveaways to contestants are also part of the helmet raffle. The helmet winner will be announced before the final round of the Pontiac Performance Nationals at National Trail Raceway on Sunday, May 22, and all proceeds collected from the raffle will go to the Children's Hospital. The winner does not need to be present on the day of the drawing and will have the helmet shipped to their home.

Founded in 1892, Children's Hospital, Inc. has developed into one of the largest and most sophisticated health care centers in the country, having more than 300,000 patient visits annually. Children's delivers high quality, cost effective care to all children, from newborns through age 21, regardless of patients' ability to pay. Last year, the helmet giveaway raised nearly $7,800 for Children's, a hospital recognized as one of the nation's premier pediatric care centers.

"Over the last seven years we've enjoyed raising money for Children's Hospital and have had tremendous success with this program," said Fred Simmonds, GM Group Manager for Drag Racing. "This is a great opportunity for those involved in our sport to pitch in for a good cause, and if you're a race fan, you couldn't ask for a better prize. The helmet fund raiser and drivers' visit lets us give something back to the community, to the Children's Hospital and to the kids there who are very special to us."

On Thursday, May 19, a group of GM racers will visit Children's Hospital to sign autographs and meet some of the kids and hospital staff. Warren Johnson's GM Performance Parts Pontiac Pro Stock car will also be there on display. The 41st annual Pontiac Performance Nationals presented by Summit Racing on May 19-22 is the eighth race on the 23-event NHRA POWERade Drag Racing tour.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader since 1931. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 324,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2004, GM sold nearly 9 million cars and trucks globally, up 4 percent and the second-highest total in the company's history. GM's global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

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