NASCAR Foundation makes VJC donation

The NASCAR Foundation to Make its Single Largest Donation on Saturday to Victory Junction Gang Camp CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2006) -- The NASCAR Foundation announced today a check presentation event for the record books. On Saturday, Oct. 14,...

The NASCAR Foundation to Make its Single Largest Donation on Saturday to Victory Junction Gang Camp

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2006) -- The NASCAR Foundation announced today a check presentation event for the record books. On Saturday, Oct. 14, at the pre-race ceremonies of the Bank of America 500 (NBC, 7 p.m. ET), NASCAR President Mike Helton will present the Victory Junction Gang Camp with a check worth $400,000.

This donation, the largest single donation that The NASCAR Foundation has made since its inception in January, was made possible in part by The NASCAR Foundation's annual NASCAR Day fundraiser, which is supported by the entire NASCAR community. During this fundraiser, which took place in May this year, fans, corporate partners, teams and other members of the industry show their support of the charitable community of NASCAR by donating $5 for a commemorative NASCAR Day lapel pin.

As a result of The NASCAR Foundation's generous donation, more than 150 kids will be able to experience the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a camp founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, who was tragically killed in a racing accident in 2000. The Victory Junction Gang Camp enriches 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.

"Everyone involved with The NASCAR Foundation takes great pride in our efforts to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp," said NASCAR President and Foundation Board of Directors Vice Chairman Mike Helton. "Kyle and Pattie Petty have poured their hearts and souls into making the camp successful. They are wonderful people, and they have created a fitting, lasting tribute to their son Adam. Helping organizations like Victory Junction is exactly what The NASCAR Foundation is all about."

"Victory Junction Gang Camp is so thrilled to continue to work with The NASCAR Foundation," said Jennifer Wade, Victory Junction's director of partnership development. "We cannot thank them enough for the generous $400,000 donation that will give an additional 150 plus kids the opportunity to experience life at our camp."

Kyle and Pattie Petty will receive the check from Helton on behalf of Victory Junction.

"The Victory Junction Gang Camp is up and running today in large part because of NASCAR, its drivers, sponsors and all the loyal fans who follow the sport," said Kyle Petty, driver of the No. 45 Dodge.

"I believe The NASCAR Foundation is only going to continue to improve the Victory Junction Gang Camp and benefit all of the charitable efforts that NASCAR supports."

Opened in June of 2004, VJGC is located in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina on 72 acres of land that was generously donated by Richard and Lynda Petty.

To learn more about The NASCAR Foundation or how you can support the cause by becoming a Friend of the Foundation, please go to www.nascar.com/foundation.

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 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 7-15. 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 VJGC 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 foundations. For more information visit www.victoryjunction.org.

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Series Charity , NASCAR
Drivers Kyle Petty , Mike Helton