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NASCAR DAY ONLY ONE MONTH AWAY

The NASCAR Foundation Continues its Record Setting Pace

NASCAR Day 2006

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 19, 2006) – With exactly one month left until the third annual NASCAR Day, The NASCAR Foundation is gearing up for its most successful event ever, having sold twice as many NASCAR Day pins online compared to this point last year.

NASCAR Day, an annual celebration of the power and passion of NASCAR’s fans, will be held on Friday, May 19. NASCAR fans, tracks, corporations, schools and organizations across the country are encouraged to donate $5 and all participants receive a collectible 2006 NASCAR Day lapel pin for their donation.

Of the 68,000 plus pins that have been sold so far this year, 61,000 of them were sold online at www.nascar.com/nascarday, the site that allows fans to order an individual pin, sign up a company and even purchase NASCAR Day apparel.

The NASCAR Foundation, created in January to help NASCAR support driver and industry charities, signed Will Ferrell, the star of Columbia Pictures’ upcoming NASCAR comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, to serve as the official spokesperson for NASCAR Day 2006. Ferrell, who currently appears in an ad campaign promoting NASCAR Day, will also be the grand marshal for the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 30 (FOX, 1:30 p.m.).

“I believe the early success of our 2006 NASCAR Day can be attributed to the launch of the new NASCAR Foundation, the inclusion of Will Ferrell as our NASCAR Day spokesperson and the ever-growing support of our dedicated fan base for this third annual event,” said Betty Jane France, NASCAR Foundation chairperson.

Adding to this year’s success has been the extraordinary support from NASCAR sponsors, licensees and several different teams, with Wilsons Leather, SunTrust Banks Inc., Michigan International Speedway and the NASCAR Members Club leading the way for the 1,500 plus companies that have signed up their employees for participation in NASCAR Day.
 
About the NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR), launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501 c (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation uses the strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: www.nascar.com/foundation.

 

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Proceeds from NASCAR Day will benefit  The NASCAR Foundation .