NASCAR FOUNDATION LAUNCHES VOLUNTEER NETWORK AT MONSTER MILE®
Charity Fun Walk and Communities in Schools Event to Kick Off Program

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 1, 2006) – The NASCAR Foundation launched today a Volunteer Network on their website, www.nascar.com/foundation, that will give fans the opportunity to locate volunteer opportunities near them with industry, track, or their favorite driver’s charities.  

The NASCAR Foundation’s Volunteer Network is designed to inform and educate race fans about NASCAR-based charitable programs including driver foundations and industry organizations.  The Volunteer Network will also provide easy access to volunteer opportunities that will empower fans to get involved and take pride in their communities.  

“My appointment to the President’s Council has increased my awareness of the importance of volunteering, and the impact it makes in a community and across the country,” said Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge.  “The NASCAR Foundation’s Volunteer Network will be a great tool for fans to research and learn more about volunteering with NASCAR supported charities and organizations.”

This weekend’s The Neighborhood Excellence 400 presented by Bank of America at Dover International Speedway (FX, 1:30 p.m. EST) will focus on community pride highlighting volunteerism.  The NASCAR Foundation will be hosting three events that will allow fans to get involved and support many industry charities.

On Saturday, June 3, The NASCAR Foundation’s On Track for Charity Fun Walk will take place on the Monster Mile following the NASCAR Busch Series race.  Fans will have the unique opportunity to walk with NASCAR community and charity representatives like Jeff Hammond, Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne, Jeremy and Shana Mayfield, Jeff and Mark Green, Dale Jarrett, Elliott Sadler, and ladies from the Women’s Auxiliary of Motorsports.  Fans can register online at www.nascar.com/foundation then click on the Fun Walk logo, or to register at the track visit the booth on Plaza Drive across from Gate 4. 

Then on Sunday, June 4, The NASCAR Foundation will host over 350 students from the Communities in Schools program, which is the nation’s leading community-based organization helping kids stay in school and prepare for life. The students will receive tickets to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race and will learn about stock car racing and mechanics as well as the importance of teamwork from some of the sport’s great legends. 

On Monday, June 5, NASCAR.COM will launch one of The NASCAR Foundation’s biggest auctions of the year.  The ten-day auction will feature items donated by several of the NASCAR industry charities. Some of the featured items are three helmets signed by NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR  Busch Series, and Craftsman Truck Series drivers, and an entire set (1-10) place banners that hung at NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series banquet.  Other items up for auction are Kasey Kahne memorabilia, and a Sam Bass Designed 'Craftsman for a Cure' Gibson guitar that is autographed by all the drivers who participated in the May 23rd event.  For information on the auction, or to bid on items go to www.nascar.com/foundation.