Lucas Oil Racing to aid breast cancer fight

LUCAS OIL AND ARMORED COATINGS BRING 'FUEL FOR THE FIGHT' TOUR' October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month CHICAGO (Sept. 26) -- The vibrant colors of NHRA's Ameriquest Nationals at Route 66 Raceway will become even brighter than the...

LUCAS OIL AND ARMORED COATINGS BRING 'FUEL FOR THE FIGHT' TOUR'

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

CHICAGO (Sept. 26) -- The vibrant colors of NHRA's Ameriquest Nationals at Route 66 Raceway will become even brighter than the surrounding fall foliage with the designation of vivid pink, the symbol of October's Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Lucas Oil Racing and Armored Coatings introduce, "Fuel for the Fight 2005 Inaugural Tour".

"Fuel for the Fight" brings with its unveiling, hope for both men and women with breast cancer. The tour emphasizes the importance of early detection and treatment while also raising funds aiding Breast Cancer research.

"This typically perceived "female" disease impacts men as well as women," said founder, Marco Fields. "Men need to know that they, too, are at risk of developing the disease as well as having the resources to equip themselves with the knowledge of supporting the women in their life that could likely be directly afflicted."

Ms. Fields goes on to explain, "The statistics reveal that one in three women will be directly or indirectly affected by the disease, while two out of five men will be. Do you realize that statistically this disease actually affects as many men as it does women? We now have to fuel the fight."

The unprecedented collaboration reaches across pit, team, class, and gender lines and joins Top Fuel driver, Morgan Lucas, Top Alcohol driver Aaron Olivarez, and beloved Sportsman Racer (and Morgan's mom), Charlotte Lucas as the 2005 "Fuel For The Fight Team". The team will unveil the tours three, much anticipated, pink-ribbon adorned 'Fuel for the Fight' dragsters for Friday qualifying.

Route 66 Raceway has been designated honorary "home track" for the annual Fuel for the Fight Tour. "They have been incredible to work with and we felt it was important to show our thanks by making the designation," said Betty Doke, national director of Fuel for the Fight.

Support for the Fuel for the Fight campaign will include the labeling of the left lane at Route 66 as, "The Lane of Hope". Fans and corporations have an open invitation to participate in making the "Lane of Hope" donations and pledges to support their favorite teams for each round win in the left lane on race day! In addition, they are asking to honor their favorite drivers by "doubling up" their pledge in the event that the win results from a hole-shot.

The Huntsman Cancer Institute is the choice as of benefactor and steward of the 2005 campaign proceeds. The Huntsman Cancer Institute is a renowned National Cancer Institute-term cancer center, and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a coalition of leading cancer centers from around the country that sets the standards for cancer care.

"We invite all NHRA fans and their families who are survivors out to the track as our guests to celebrate their victories and honor their losses due to this devastating disease," Fields announced. "You may go to the web sight, share your stories, register for VIP Hospitality, and make donations and "lane of hope" pledges. As a survivor, you can register for VIP Hospitality as 'Fuel for the Fight' guests at any of the remaining 2005 Inaugural Tour races. We have a limited number of tickets so cancer survivors, we look forward to hosting you as our honorary guests for this spectacular event."

Corporate sponsors have pledged additional monies for every track and national record set or broken in the left lane throughout three-day event. Teams donating portions of their winnings to the campaign will denoted in an appreciation event at the conclusion of the 2005 season.

For more information and registration for "VIP Hospitality of Hope" log onto www.fuelforthefight.com.

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Series Charity , NHRA
Drivers Morgan Lucas