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Playa Del Racing Teams With Toby Keith for Ally's House INDIANAPOLIS -- Playa Del Racing will team with county music superstar Toby Keith for the benefit of Ally's House by donating a percentage of the winnings from their 2005 ...

Playa Del Racing Teams With Toby Keith for Ally's House

INDIANAPOLIS -- Playa Del Racing will team with county music superstar Toby Keith for the benefit of Ally's House by donating a percentage of the winnings from their 2005 Indianapolis 500 entry to be driven by Jaques Lazier. Lazier and Playa Del Racing (PDR) CEO Gary Sallee made the announcement Friday, May 6, during the pre-event party and concert of the second annual "Toby Keith and Friends Golf Classic" which benefits Ally's House. In 2004, the "Toby Keith and Friends Golf Classic" raised in excess of $250,000 for Ally's House.

Keith, a native Oklahoman, has a special attachment to this deserved charity. Ally's House is named in memory of Allison Webb, daughter of Keith's friend and original bandmate Scott Webb. Ally died in August of 2003, one month short of her third birthday, from a form of kidney cancer called Wilm's tumors. Ally's House was established to help Oklahoma kids with cancer and their families. Donations will be used to help these families through this difficult journey.

"We are honored to partner with Toby for this worthy cause," Sallee said. "Having the Ally's House logo on our car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a way for us to pay tribute to the brave families facing the horror of a child suffering from cancer. We are hoping for good luck on race day so we can assist in making a difference in the lives of these special kids and their families."

"This is a special charity to me," said Keith. "I saw firsthand how a child's cancer diagnosis can devastate a family."

PDR, co-owned by Sallee and Susan Schafer, is a new team founded on old principles: have fun and go fast. Although the 2005 Indianapolis 500 will be the team's first race, the organization is comprised of seasoned professionals that have come to PDR with years of racing experience as well as numerous wins and championships on their resumes.

Singer/songwriter and acclaimed entertainer Toby Keith finished last year as Billboard'sr004 Top Country Artist, Top Male Country Artist, Top Country Album Artist and Top Hot Country Singles & Tracks Artist. His release the previous year, "Shock'N Y'all," was also one of the top selling country offerings of the year. Currently his November release of "Greatest Hits 2" is nearing triple platinum and continues to be one of the genre's top sellers.

Keith remains one of country's top touring acts and a highly respected musician and songwriter. Keith, the first country artist to perform an AOL Music Live concert with 850,000 downloads in the first 24 hours, will release a new studio album, "Honkytonk University," on May 17th. The first single, "Honkytonk U," is an autobiographical song that harkens back to days that Keith spent working in his grandmother's nightclub. On the same day, Keith is up for four Academy of Country Music Awards including Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Song Of The Year for his hit single "American Soldier," and Vocal Event of the Year for his participation in "Hey Good Lookin" with Jimmy Buffet, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson and George Strait.

Toby is currently the two-time consecutive reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year as well as 2004's Top Male Vocalist. His national headlining tour "Toby Keith's Big Throwdown II" begins June 10 in Charlotte, NC.J

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jaques Lazier  , Scott Webb