SEEKING PASSIONATE NASCAR FANS WITH HISTORY OF OUTSTANDING CHARITABLE & VOLUNTEER EFFORTS

SEEKING PASSIONATE NASCAR FANS WITH HISTORY OF OUTSTANDING CHARITABLE & VOLUNTEER EFFORTS

$100,000 Donation to Winner’s Children’s Charity of Choice; Deadline is July 18

Joliet, Ill. – June 15, 2011 – The NASCAR Foundation will recognize the outstanding charitable and volunteer efforts of NASCAR fans by awarding the inaugural Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, which includes a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation to the children’s charity of the recipient’s choice.

The award will honor the passionate commitment Betty Jane France has demonstrated with her charitable works and community efforts. France has been a pioneer of charitable works in the NASCAR community and serves as Chairwoman and founder of The NASCAR Foundation.

“Since 2006, The NASCAR Foundation has been inspired by the selfless dedication of our NASCAR fans to improve the lives of the children,” said France. “We have champions in every community and we are thrilled to recognize them with this Humanitarian Award.”

While the award is open to U.S. residents throughout the nation, Chicagoland Speedway is calling on all Chicagoland and surrounding community residents to nominate a passionate NASCAR fan who demonstrates charitable and volunteer efforts.

“Chicagoland Speedway is proud to have passionate NASCAR fans that regularly donate their time and service to children’s charities in the surrounding area,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. “The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award is the perfect opportunity for these gracious fans to be recognized for their charitable efforts. We want the generous fans in the Chicagoland area to apply and receive consideration for this prestigious award.”

Four finalists will be chosen, with each receiving a $25,000 donation to a children’s charity of their choice, a trip to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2011 and be part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, where the winner will be announced and presented the award from France.

The winner receives the $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation to their children’s charity and a 2012 Ford Explorer. The award winner will be based on nominations where individuals submit a short story about the community work and focus on supporting children’s charities done by the nominee. The three criteria that will determine the winner include the long term commitment to children’s causes, impact on the local community and dedication for their efforts and passion for the sport of NASCAR.

Nominations will be accepted online at NASCAR.COM/Unites, and through U.S. mail to:

The NASCAR Foundation

Attn: Betty Jane Humanitarian Award

550 South Caldwell Street, Suite 2000

Charlotte, NC 28202.

 

 

The deadline for nominations is July 18.

 

For more information about the process, please visit NASCAR.COM/Unites.

 

NASCAR returns to Chicagoland Speedway, September 16-18, to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – the first of ten “play-off” style NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in pursuit of the 2011 championship.

Date                  Event

Sept 16             NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Sept 17             Dollar General 300 presented by Coca-Cola (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

Sept 18             NASCAR Sprint Cup Series       

For tickets to the Chase of the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend of events at Chicagoland Speedway, visit www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223).

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