More drivers are expected to commit as event approaches

LONG POND, PA, JUNE 10, 2006 – NASCAR legend Ernie Irvan has set the initial field of participating drivers for the first of his track walk events this summer to raise awareness for traumatic brain injury – the Leadership and Awareness to Promote Safety (LAPS) Walk, set to take place on Friday, July 21 after Cup qualifying at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Drivers Kyle Petty, Jeremy Mayfield, Martin Truex, Jr., Ken Schrader, Brian Vickers, Casey Mears, Jeff Burton, Jeff Green and NASCAR President Mike Helton will join Irvan and the hundreds of supporters who have registered to walk alongside them on the Pocono track.  More are expected to support Irvan in his efforts, and these drivers, along with drivers participating in LAPS Walk at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on August 16, 2006, will be announced on his website as they commit.  For a minimum pledge, fans can walk the track alongside the drivers and get autographs in order to raise awareness and needed funds in Ernie’s fight against the silent epidemic of traumatic brain injury in America.

“I am truly appreciative of the support my colleagues have shown,” said Irvan.  “Many current and former drivers joined me last year at my inaugural walk at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Michigan, and many more that I’ve talked to are committed to helping me in my cause going forward.  With one person every 23 seconds suffering a traumatic brain injury in the United States, this support will go a long way in fighting this epidemic.”

Created as a partnership between the Brain Injury Association of America and Irvan’s non-profit organization, Race2Safety, the LAPS Walk aims to raise money for and awareness of brain injury and to bring brain injury to the forefront of consciousness in the minds of Americans.  Irvan suffered two traumatic brain injuries at MIS during his racing career, the second of which prompted his early retirement.

Registration for LAPS Walk is available online at or by calling 1-800-772-4323 until 11:00pm EST Sunday July 16, 2006.  On site registration will take place at Pocono on Friday, July 21 from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm, with the actual walk scheduled to start at approximately 6pm.