NHRA helmet to be raffled for Children's Hospital

Autographed racing helmet to be raffled for Columbus Children's Hospital COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 22, 2003 - Race fans attending the O'Reilly Summer Nationals this weekend at Heartland Park Topeka, the Lucas Oil NHRA Route 66 Nationals on May 29 -...

Autographed racing helmet to be raffled for Columbus Children's Hospital

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 22, 2003 - Race fans attending the O'Reilly Summer Nationals this weekend at Heartland Park Topeka, the Lucas Oil NHRA Route 66 Nationals on May 29 - June 1, in Joliet, Ill., or the Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing in Columbus, Ohio, on June 12 - 15, will have an opportunity to win a piece of motorsports history.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Central Ohio Pontiac dealers will raise money for the Columbus Children's Hospital by raffling a Simpson Racing helmet signed by racers from the NHRA POWERade tour. Fans attending Summit Racing Equipment's "Super Summit" in Akron, Ohio, on Saturday, June 7, and the Dave Gill Pontiac-GMC NHRA Fanfest in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 11, 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. In return, each entrant will receive a limited-edition poster featuring six-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts Pontiac Grand Am. The helmet winner will be announced before the final round of the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway on Sunday, June 15, 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 receive the helmet approximately two weeks after the race.

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 $5,000 for Children's, a hospital recognized as one of the nation's premier pediatric care centers.

"Over the last five years we've had tremendous success with this program," said Fred Simmonds, GM Motorsports Manager for Drag Racing. "This is a great opportunity for drag racing fans to pitch in for a good cause, and if you're a race fan, you couldn't ask for a better prize.

"The people in Columbus have extended their hospitality to the racers and their families for over 30 years. The helmet fund raiser 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, June 12, a group of GM racers will visit Children's Hospital to sign autographs and meet with the kids and hospital staff. Mark Pawuk's Summit Racing Pro Stock Pontiac Grand Am will also be there on display. The 39th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing on June 12 - 15 is the 11th race on the 23-event NHRA POWERade Drag Racing tour.

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Series Charity , NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Warren Johnson