NASCAR Foundation Finalizes Plans for Final Track Walk at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 18 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2006) -- The NASCAR Foundation announced today that it will host its final track walk of the season during Ford ...
NASCAR Foundation Finalizes Plans for Final Track Walk at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 18
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2006) -- The NASCAR Foundation announced today that it will host its final track walk of the season during Ford Championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 18. The walk, which allows fans onto the track the day before the Ford 400 (NBC, 2 p.m. EST), will raise awareness and funds for the charitable initiatives supported by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and Victory Junction Gang Camp.
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, founded in 2002 by former NHRA driver Darrell Gwynn after an accident left him paralyzed with a spinal cord injury in 1990, was created to help fund critical research by raising funds to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses.
"The NASCAR Foundation track walks are a great way to introduce the charitable side of NASCAR to our fans," said Darrell Gwynn, founder of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. "The NASCAR Foundation's hard work is the reason why they are so successful and the walk also gives our organization the ability to increase awareness about paralysis prevention. This track walk will serve as part of Florida Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, which is dedicated to educating Florida residents on how to prevent spinal cord injuries."
The Victory Junction Gang Camp, a member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, is a year-round camp for children who suffer from chronic and serious medical conditions. The camp, founded by Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie, provides a retreat from the reality of coping with an illness and allows children and their families to have a life changing experience free of charge.
"The NASCAR Foundation's track walks are very special events that give fans the opportunity to see the track from the driver's point of view," said Kyle Petty, co-founder of the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
"Victory Junction continues to be honored to be a beneficiary of these walks as the donations help us put a smile on our campers' faces."
The NASCAR Foundation track walk is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, at 8:30 a.m. Fans can register online by visiting www.nascar.com/foundation or at the track on Friday, Nov. 17 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
New this year, participants also can recruit family and friends to walk with them and form teams. Fans can choose to create their own webpage and encourage family and friends to support them in their fundraising efforts. The top individual fundraiser will receive a Richard Petty Ride Along Experience and the top team fundraiser will receive two seats to fish with a NASCAR celebrity in the Darrell Gwynn Fishing Tournament. Additional incentive items will be given out to those individuals that raise $75 or more.
About The NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: www.nascar.com/foundation.
About the Darrell Gwynn Foundation
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses. To expedite specific cures, the Foundation assists in the funding of targeted research. The Foundation is also dedicated to injury prevention, with emphasis on programs targeting children. The Foundation helps improve the quality of life for those already afflicted with injury or illness, by providing necessary equipment or special services. For more information on the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org.
About Victory Junction Gang Camp #The mission of the Victory Junction Gang Camp is to enrich the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment. Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their late son Adam, the Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year-round facility serving children, age 7 to 15. Each summer, children suffering from similar medical conditions including heart, lung and kidney disease, spina bifida, HIV, cancer, burn survivors, neurological disorders, and a host of others, gather to kick back, relax and have some fun. The camp offers traditional activities, including horseback riding, boating and fishing, arts and crafts and others, as well as NASCAR related program areas.The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps and is free to children and their families. The camp operates solely on the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundation. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org