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JTG/Daughterty Motorsports and Driver Kelly Bires Race For A Cause With Samaritan's Feet In an afternoon press conference, JTG Motorsports' team owner Tad Geschickter, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kelly Bires, and Manny Ohonme announced that Samaritan's Feet would sponsor the team's No. 47 car to bring awareness to his cause in Friday night's Dollar General 300. Ohonme is the founder of the international humanitarian organization Samaritan's Feet. He walked barefoot as a poor child, growing up in Nigeria. His dream is to provide shoes for children. He has distributed one million pairs of shoes toward his goal of 10 million. This month's "World Walk" hopes to bring that goal closer, thanks to the sports world. Ohonme noted how excited he was to be a part of this weekend's activities and have his organization on the Nationwide Series car. "We are honored to be a part of this," said Ohonme. "This will help bring awareness to us and what we are trying to do. We can reach so many people through something like this." "Everyone at JTG/Daugherty Racing is excited to assist with this Samaritan's Feet publicity and fundraising effort," said Geschickter. "When we met with Manny and had lunch, we were so compelled with his story and mission that we felt like we had to get involved." On Saturday, October 11th, Ohonme will begin a 300-mile walk in Charlotte that will conclude in Atlanta on October 25th.
Stewart-Haas Joins The Army In Major Sponsor Announcement - In an afternoon press conference held in the Time Warner Media Center theatre, NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman, along with U.S. Army Major General Montague Winfield, announced the Army would sponsor the Stewart-Haas No. 39 Chevrolet driven by Ryan Newman for 23 races beginning with the 2009 season. This will include the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, also. In making the announcement, driver and team co-owner Tony Stewart noted this sponsor would be a great fit for their team. "I think we have done something very right here," said Stewart. "I am very, very honored and proud to announce that the U.S. Army has joined forces with Stewart-Haas racing for the sponsor of Ryan's No. 39 car for next year. I know it's something we are very proud of. We immediately gained a fan base of over 1.2 million soldiers that are on our side each week. I am very proud and excited about this opportunity and partnership with the U.S. Army and excited to see Ryan in the Army Chevrolet."
Newman was also proud to have the Army on board. "It's an honor for me to be a part of the United States Army, the men and women who serve our country, and fight for our freedom," said Newman. "It's a unique situation for me. I have never gone through a transition like this with a sponsor and a team. I couldn't have put any plan together better than to be a part of Stewart-Haas Racing with the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet. It's truly an honor, and I look forward to it."
Major General Winfield also talked about how excited the Army was to become a part of such a dynamic new team. "We looked at these two individuals very closely, with great interest," said Winfield. "We were looking for an individual to represent our great Army. When you take a look at what this team brings to the table - the training, the teamwork, and the technology - those are the exact same things we are looking for. There are a lot of parallels between the Army and this great team. When you see a soldier standing in front of the car, you can visualize 1.2 million soldiers standing behind them."