INAUGURAL NASCAR FOUNDATION TRACK WALK AT NEW HAMPSHIRE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY RAISES FUNDS; AWARENESS FOR SPECIAL CAUSES

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 14, 2006) –  The NASCAR Foundation will host a Track Walk at New Hampshire International Speedway on September 16 to raise awareness and funds for two special causes.  The Track Walk will benefit the charitable initiatives supported by the Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Kenny Irwin Jr. Foundation.
  
The Victory Junction Gang Camp, located in Randleman, NC, was established by Kyle and Pattie Petty, and the Dare to Dream Camp, located in New Castle, IN, was founded by Kenny and Reva Irwin Sr.  The Track Walk celebrates the memory of Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin Jr. To honor the drivers, the families established the two very special camps for children who suffer from chronic and serious medical conditions or who are less fortunate, respectively.

The Victory Junction Gang Camp, a member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, is a year-round camp that serves twenty one different disease groups.  The camp provides a retreat from the reality of coping with an illness, and allows children to have a life changing camping experience.  

“We created the Victory Junction Gang Camp in loving memory of Adam, and the outpouring of support from fans and the NASCAR family has been truly overwhelming,” said Kyle Petty, co-founder of the Victory Junction Gang Camp.  “The On Track for Charity Walk is a great tribute to Adam, and the camp’s commitment to providing a haven for some very special children.”
 
The Dare to Dream Camp opened in 2004, and provides the opportunity for kids to discover their true potential and the pursuance of dreams in a fun and spiritual atmosphere.  The camp teaches self determination and that nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself, a mantra that Kenny firmly believed in.  

“Kenny’s passion for kids lives on through his “Dare to Dream Camp” and this walk goes a  long way to fulfilling the dreams of disadvantaged and at-risk children,” said Kenny Irwin Sr., father of Kenny Irwin Jr, Cup Rookie of the Year 1998.  “Please, bring your family and friends.  Enjoy your walk around the track and know that your contribution makes a difference.”
  
The NASCAR Foundation Track Walk is scheduled for September 16, immediately following the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, at the New Hampshire International Speedway.  Fans can register online to participate in the NASCAR Foundation’s Track Walk by visiting www.nascar.com/foundation.  Registration fees are $25 for each individual, and children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult, and can participate for free.  New to this year’s walks, participants can also recruit family and friends to walk with them and form teams, and fans can also choose to create their own webpage and encourage family and friends to support them in their fundraising efforts.

Proceeds from this Track Walk will benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp, The Kenny Irwin Jr. Foundation, and The NASCAR Foundation.  

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 © (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 will use 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.   

About Victory Junction Gang Camp
The mission of the Victory Junction Gang Camp is to enrich the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment.  Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their late son Adam, the Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year-round facility serving children, age 7 to 15.  Each summer, children suffering from similar medical conditions including heart, lung and kidney disease, spina bifida, HIV, cancer, burn survivors, neurological disorders, and a host of others, gather to kick back, relax and have some fun.  The camp offers traditional activities, including horseback riding, boating and fishing, arts and crafts and others, as well as NASCAR related program areas.

The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps and is free to children and their families.   The camp operates solely on the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundation.  For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.

About the Kenny Irwin Jr. Foundation 
The Dare to Dream Camp enriches the lives of underprivileged and at-risk children, providing leadership and team building skills that assist these kids in becoming positive contributors in their community.  The one-of-a-kind camp is designed to provide an unforgettable and empowering experience that these children may never otherwise have an opportunity for.