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NASCAR Unites for Southeast disaster relief

May 14, 2011, Official Release, NASCAR.com

NASCAR Foundation leads effort with $250,000 donation to American Red Cross

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NASCAR community has united to support disaster relief efforts across the southeastern United States in the wake of recent tornadoes and other weather disasters.

Pledging more than $400,000 in donations and supplies to help those affected by these events, the NASCAR community contribution is being led by a donation of $250,000 to the American Red Cross by the NASCAR Foundation.

Through the NASCAR Foundation launch of its newest platform, NASCAR Unites, the entire motorsports community helped raise money through online donations made in exchange for NASCAR Unites wristbands.

Tracks, teams, sponsors, drivers and NASCAR fans pledged their time, money and supplies to aid those in need. Highlighting those efforts were:

* Talladega Superspeedway pledged more than $100,000 and held fan events and auctions to help those in its surrounding community.

* Auto Club Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Watkins Glen International contributed exclusive race track experiences to the NASCAR Unites Disaster Relief auction in conjunction with Talladega Superspeedway. The auction closes at 11:59 p.m. ET Monday. Fans can bid on these experience packages by logging on to NASCAR.COM/Unites.

* Atlanta Motor Speedway donated $1.00 to the American Red Cross from each Friday Night Drags grandstand ticket sold during the season opener on April 29. The event raised $5,362.

* Bristol Motor Speedway's Race to Relief created 24 hours of awareness by allowing fans to donate money in exchange for a chance to drive on the track. In addition, BMS donated a percentage of tickets sold for their Irwin Tools Night Race weekend.

* Darlington Raceway donated $1,000 to the American Red Cross and provided a VIP ticket package to support Talladega Superspeedway's fund-raising efforts.

Teams

* Motor Racing Network led efforts to collect donations and supplies with the help of several race teams including Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Red Bull Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing.

* Red Bull Racing and Hendrick Motorsports provided transporters to deliver approximately 70,000 pounds of items to a town in Alabama impacted by the recent tornadoes.

* Following the North Carolina tornadoes, members of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team visited the devastated Lowe's store in Sanford. The team met affected Lowe's employees and volunteered at the Salvation Army.

Drivers and Driver Charities

* The Ryan Newman Foundation collected supplies for displaced pets and transported these to the region for distribution.

* The Denny Hamlin Foundation pledged proceeds from its recent charitable event in Richmond to the American Red Cross efforts.

* Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation raised more than $5,000 to help with children's items, such as baby food, socks, underwear, diapers and wipes.

* Speedway Children's Charities Charlotte Chapter collected items for Raleigh Salvation Army to support disaster relief efforts as a result of the April storms in the area.

* Anheuser-Busch, sponsor of Kevin Harvick's No. 29 Chevy, donated approximately 800,000 cans of water in eight U.S. states to support relief efforts associated with storms, tornadoes, wildfires and floods.

* Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ran a special NASCAR Unites paint scheme during the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Dover in support of flood relief efforts in his home state of Mississippi.

* The Women's Auxiliary of Motorsports will host several events in the upcoming months and has made a one-year commitment to assist individuals within the NASCAR community in the rebuilding process. WAM will host a Charity Bingo Night at The Pavilion at Tom Johnson Campground at zMAX Dragway May 24th. WAM also partnered with Venturini Motorsports, Creative Business Solutions, and WAAX-570 AM Radio in Gadsden, Alabama to help generate children clothes and basic household items for those in need throughout the communities affected.

NASCAR Media Partners/Industry Sponsors

* NASCAR media partners Motor Racing Network, SPEED, ESPN, Sirius XM and Fox have dedicated coverage to the NASCAR relief efforts.

* Hendrick Motorsports partner Time Warner Cable held a telethon to generate donations toward Red Cross tornado relief efforts in North Carolina. Rick Hendrick, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Chad Knaus and Steve Letarte appeared in television segments and online videos to encourage donations.

* The Home Depot Foundation created a $1 million weather impact fund to aid relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in response to the recent storms throughout the Southeast, which includes a $250,000 donation to the American Red Cross.

"The entire NASCAR community has embraced the central purpose of NASCAR Unites," said NASCAR Foundation chairwoman Betty Jane France. "We are striving to provide assistance to those communities in the Southeast that have been severely affected by the recent disasters. Our efforts show the positive impact our sport can have when called into action. We have a responsibility to help out, and we are proud to do so."

To find out more and to donate, visit NASCAR.COM/Unites.

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