Fans Are Encouraged to Bid in an Online Auction Featuring RCR Memorabilia to Help Raise Funds

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 30, 2009) - The NASCAR Foundation is proud to announce that the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma has joined The NASCAR Foundation Family of Charities. The NASCAR Foundation Family of Charities is comprised of 32 driver, team and track charities within the motorsports family.

“The Childress Institute is privileged to be a member of The NASCAR Foundation,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing and co-founder of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. “During our 40 years of racing, we have always been dedicated to the fans. Now we have the opportunity to give back by saving the lives of seriously injured children across the United States.”

Approximately 12,388 children under the age of 18 die each year from traumatic injury. More than 30 trauma centers in the U.S. have closed since 2001 and many others have cut back on the services they offer. In an effort to continue funding the critical research and physicians needed to counter this number one killer of children,  The NASCAR Foundation and Childress Institute have teamed up for an online auction to be hosted on NASCAR.COM May 1-18.

 “We are excited about partnering with The NASCAR Foundation and joining its Family of Charities,” said J. Wayne Meredith, M.D., director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. “The online auction is our first joint project with the foundation, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity this gives us to bring attention to the issue of life-threatening injury, which is by far the leading cause of death among our nation’s children every year. The awareness and funds raised in partnership with The NASCAR Foundation will help us address the need for a better way to treat children and for continued research.”

The auction features a variety of autographed memorabilia including a BB&T crew shirt signed by Clint Bowyer, a Holiday Inn crew shirt signed by Jeff Burton, a DIRECTV crew shirt signed by Casey Mears, a Prilosec OTC crew shirt signed by Jeff Burton and Casey Mears, a GM Goodwrench uniform jacket signed by Richard Childress, a No. 3 10th Anniversary Daytona 500-win die cast car signed by Richard Childress, a BB&T TV panel signed by Richard Childress and Clint Bowyer, a No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil portion of rear quarter panel signed by Kevin Harvick, a No. 07 door number signed by Richard Childress and much more! For a complete list of items, visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation.
In 2008, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and the Richard Childress family announced the formation of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. The Childress Institute’s mission is to significantly improve survival rates of children nationwide who suffer serious injuries and reduce the lifelong impact of traumatic injuries in children.

Through this new partnership there are a number of ways to help the Childress Institute.

In addition, fans can visit the website and join the Childress Institute’s NASCAR Day Pit Crew and sign up their organization, civic club or business to take donations and give out pins in your hometown.  Each NASCAR Day company will be listed on The NASCAR Foundation website.

NASCAR Day is an annual celebration of the NASCAR spirit and the sixth-annual observance will be held this year on Friday, May 15. NASCAR fans, corporations, schools and organizations across the country are encouraged to donate $5 and all participants will receive a collectible 2009 NASCAR Day lapel pin for their donation.     

For more information visit or WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation.