Race Fans for a Cure visits Texas

Texas race fans can help in fight against Breast Cancer; "Race Fans for a Cure®" visits Texas Motor Speedway March 29-30. (DEARBORN, Mich., March 19, 2003) -- Race Fans for a Cure® will continue its contributions to the fight against breast ...

Texas race fans can help in fight against Breast Cancer; "Race Fans for a Cure®" visits Texas Motor Speedway March 29-30.

(DEARBORN, Mich., March 19, 2003) -- Race Fans for a Cure® will continue its contributions to the fight against breast cancer next weekend when it returns to Texas Motor Speedway.

Race Fans for a Cure® -- a charitable initiative that benefits the Dallas-based Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation -- has distributed tens of thousands of informational shower cards and has raised more than $267,000, often a dollar at a time, for the Komen Foundation, will be at Texas Motor Speedway from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Sunday, March 30. The display will be located outside of the track on Manufacturers' Midway.

"Texas is a very special place for us," said Phil Gordon, Ford Credit Motorsport Marketing Manager. "It's where we started with our very first trackside display three years ago, and, of course, it's home for the Komen Foundation. The program is quite a bit bigger now, and we look forward to reaching even more people with important information in the fight against breast cancer."

Ford Credit, associate sponsor of the No. 88 NASCAR Winston Cup UPS Taurus driven by 1999 champion Dale Jarrett, began Race Fans for a Cure® in 2000.

The display will offer information about the Komen Foundation and its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment, and is equipped to accept donations from fans.

"A key to our success at the Komen Foundation is that we collaborate with a variety of companies and organizations to provide creative ways for people to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer," said Cindy Schneible, the Komen Foundation's vice president of cause-related marketing and sponsorship. "Race Fans for a Cure® enables the Komen Foundation to reach NASCAR fans with the life-saving message of early detection and raise additional funds for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. We thank Ford Credit wholeheartedly for a being a true 'Partner in the Promise.'"

For a $1 donation at the display, fans receive a keepsake enamel pink ribbon, and can personalize a paper ribbon to show their support. Additionally, Race Fans for a Cure® is offering new this year a 1:32 scale die-cast collectible to generate funds for the fight against breast cancer. The die-cast, a replica of the Race Fans for a Cure® edition of the No. 88 NASCAR Winston Cup Taurus that was unveiled during last year's check presentation to the Komen Foundation, is available to those making a donation of $25 or more.

Furthermore, since 1998, Ford Credit has donated money to the Komen Foundation for every top-three finish and pole position (as fastest qualifier) that Dale Jarrett collects during the season. Since its inception, Ford Credit has donated $642,500 to the Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Jarrett's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish, $5,000 for each third-place finish and $5,000 for each pole won. Jarrett won at Rockingham in the second race of the season.

To learn more about Race Fans for a Cure®, the Komen Foundation, Ford Credit and their efforts to help raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, fans can log on to www.racefansforacure.com.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1982 on a promise made between two sisters -- Nancy Goodman Brinker and her dying sister, Susan Goodman Komen. More than 20 years later the Komen Foundation is a global leader in the fight against breast cancer through its support of breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised nearly $600 million for the fight against breast cancer.

Ford Credit is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company and is the world's largest automotive finance company. Now in its 44th year, Ford Credit provides vehicle financing in 36 countries to more than 11 million customers and more than 12,500 automotive dealers. More information can be found at www.fordcredit.com.

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