IRL: Special auction by Firestone for United Way

Firestone Auctioning Nashville Honorary Starter Position on eBay Proceeds from Winning Bid on Rarest of Opportunities Go to United Way NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 29, 2005) -- The chance to wave the green flag signaling the start of an...

Firestone Auctioning Nashville Honorary Starter Position on eBay
Proceeds from Winning Bid on Rarest of Opportunities Go to United Way

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 29, 2005) -- The chance to wave the green flag signaling the start of an exciting Indy Racing League IndyCar Series event is a thrilling, often once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those receiving the honor. For the July 16 Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway, Firestone Racing is making that possibility a reality for one lucky fan -- and all in the name of a good cause.

Firestone has placed for bid on the popular auction website eBay the Honorary Starter's position for the Firestone Indy 200. From now through July 5, anyone interested may bid on the honor, with the highest bidder (provided the offer meets the minimum reserve bid) invited by Firestone Racing to climb into the flag stand before the race and then wave the green flag as the Indy cars thunder past to commence the annual thrilling race at Nashville Superspeedway.

Best of all, proceeds from the top bid go directly to charity -- United Way of Metropolitan Nashville.

"We realize the average fan rarely, if ever, has an opportunity to serve as Honorary Starter for a race of any kind," said Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing, "so we thought it would be nice to open the possibility to everyone. I have been fortunate enough to serve as Honorary Starter for the Firestone Indy 200 in the past, and let me tell you, it's one of the more memorable experiences of my career in racing. We're sure the winning bidder will enjoy the entire evening we have planned and know that he or she will also enjoy having helped many others in the process with the donation going to United Way."

The winning bidder receives four grandstand tickets for the race from Firestone Racing, admission to Firestone's pre-race hospitality area and gets to meet Andrew Firestone, great-grandson of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. founder Harvey Firestone and most recently star of the ABC-TV reality show "The Bachelor." Prior to taking position in the flag stand to start the race, the winning bidder also will be decked out in Firestone Racing apparel and receive a lesson in "proper flag waving" from the official IRL starters. Transportation to and accommodations for the event weekend are the responsibility of the winning bidder.

To view and bid on this rarest of opportunities, follow this Internet link: www.cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6542964095&ssPageName=ADME:B EF:US:1

Or, go to www.eBay.com and enter item number 6542964095 in the item search. Bidding ends at 10:27:40 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, July 5.

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Series Charity , IndyCar
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