Indianapolis Motor Speedway troop support news

BRICKYARD FANS CAN HELP TROOPS THROUGH AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006 -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway again will join forces with the America Supports You program during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard by selling...

BRICKYARD FANS CAN HELP TROOPS THROUGH AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006 -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway again will join forces with the America Supports You program during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard by selling commemorative dog tags and T-shirts, with proceeds benefiting Homes for Our Troops.

The Speedway first became affiliated with the America Supports You program in May 2005 during the 89th Indianapolis 500.

America Supports You is a nationwide program launched in November 2004 by the Department of Defense to recognize the support for our military men and women and to communicate that support to our Armed Forces members, both at home and overseas.

The dog tag, adorned with the official America Supports You logo, will be sold for $5 and the T-shirt will sell for $10 in a booth located in the Pagoda Plaza. Sales will take place from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. These items also will be sold Saturday at a booth in the Hall of Fame Museum Lot. Information about America Supports You and Homes for Our Troops will be available at the booth.

QVC will sell the America Supports You T-shirts during its For Race Fans Only program from 8-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.

Homes for our Troops, founded in 2004, is a non-profit organization that is committed to helping members of the military who have given selflessly to their country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries.

The organization assists injured service personnel and their immediate families by raising donations, whether it be money, building materials or professional labor, and coordinates the building of a new home or adapting an existing home for handicap accessibility. All services provided are at no cost to the veterans.

Sgt. Shawn Monroe of Arcadia, Texas, and Cpl. Bobby Isaacs from Roxboro, N.C., have accepted an invitation from Homes for Our Troops to attend the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, Aug. 6. The organization's founder, John Gonsalves, also will attend. Monroe and Isaacs have both benefited greatly from the Homes for Our Troops program.

Sgt. Monroe was injured when mortar fire hit while he was outside a police station in Baghdad, Iraq. A new, handicap-accessible home soon will be built for him by Homes for Our Troops. Monroe, a runner, is learning how to use his new prosthetic leg and vows to run again.

Cpl. Isaacs was severely injured when a roadside bomb hit his convoy near Mosul, Iraq. He has undergone 37 surgeries, and his goal is to work with other amputees and share his experiences. Homes for Our Troops purchased a home for Isaacs, which was renovated and adapted to meet his needs with the help of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

Additional information about Homes for Our Troops can be found by logging on to www.homesforourtroops.org. The Web site for America Supports You is www.americasupportsyou.mil.

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Tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.

Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday, while online orders can be made at any time.

Reserved seats start at just $35.

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