Bank of America 500 Pit Note #10
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - In an afternoon press conference held in the Time Warner Media Center officials from the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure breast cancer foundation announced they will partner with two NASCAR team sponsors to raise money for the foundation.
NEXTEL Cup Series drivers Bobby Labonte and David Gilliland will drive special pink cars in tonight's Bank of America 500 race. Labonte's sponsor, General Mills, and Gilliland's sponsor, M&M Mars, will feature special pink packaged products with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. General Mills has donated more than $2 million to the foundation, while the Mars Corporation has donated $3 million since becoming a partner in 2003. M&Ms will feature pink candies, while General Mills will have pink Cheerios, Progresso and Green Giant, in addition to other brands.
Race fans can go to http://www.pinktogether.com/ to relate stories about breast cancer survivors and how this disease has affected their lives. Labonte and Gilliland shared their thoughts about what the program meant to them.
"This is a great cause," said Labonte. "When you have sponsors that really acclimate themselves to helping other people, we are glad to be a part of it. We love to have sponsors that are proud to give back to the needy. There are other programs that General Mills does, but this is one of the best programs I have been involved with. It's a great program."
"Like Bobby, I am very proud as well," said Gilliland. "My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor. To be able to support this program and raise awareness through NASCAR, I am just proud to be a part of it."
Martin Truex Jr. Announces Foundation - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. announced today he has started a foundation that will benefit children in need. Martin donated a check in the amount of $100,000 to the foundation in making the announcement.
"I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by a loving family and supportive friends," said Truex. "They have helped me get to where I am today. When I joined Dale Earnhardt Inc. I made a promise to myself to give back to those less fortunate than me. The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation is the realization of that promise. The foundation is dedicated to providing funds to non-profit, charitable organizations that will properly impact the lives of children. It will benefit children in my hometown in New Jersey, as well as the town of Mooresville, North Carolina, and the surrounding area. There are so many kids who could accomplish things in their lives if only given the right tools. My goal is to help these kids any way I can. Our first project, "Little Bears for Little Kids", is a stuffed animal drive for children who have been served by the Dove House in Statesville, North Carolina. We have collected several thousand stuffed animals for the children in need. I need to thank everyone with all of these corporations who have helped to make this a success." The Dale Earnhardt Foundation also donated $5,000 to the fund. The Earnhardt Foundation will donate $3,000 for each victory Truex Jr. earns for the rest of 2007 and in 2008. Bass Pro Shops will also donate 1,000 stuffed bears to the Little Bears for Little Kids program. Eight hundred and twenty-seven of the bears were donated today to the Dove House in Statesville, which benefits victims of child abuse.