August 30th, 2005
BINGHAMTON, NY…Five Mile Point Speedway owner Andrew Harpell is putting up a challenge to all northeast speedway track operators to match a $1,000 donation that will be presented to the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross. The “Race of Champions Challenge” is being set up to challenge track operators to match the $1,000 donation by directly sending it to the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross.
All of the money sent to the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross will be forwarded directly to the Hurricane Relief efforts being conducted. None of the money will remain behind for local needs during this particular fund raising effort. All money will be made available to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
“The need for donations is beyond any of our imaginations at this point and time,” commented Five Mile Point Speedway owner Andrew Harpell. He added, “We are challenging all speedways in the northeast to match the $1,000 donation as our efforts collectively could make a much bigger impact than to go at it alone.”
Whether a speedway is located in any of the fifty states the “Race of Champions Challenge” matching funds can be sent to the Southern Tier Chapter of the Red Cross in Endicott, New York. All of the money sent in will be forwarded to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort and each speedway owner that contributes will receive confirmation of this with a letter from the Southern Tier Chapter of the Red Cross.
“We are asking track owners to send the money directly to the Southern Tier Chapter of the Red Cross so that a total donation amount can be accumulated and then listed throughout the racing trade papers,” stated Harpell. He added, “By sending the money directly to the Red Cross we will be able to remove ourselves from that process but we do ask track operators to mark their checks with “Race of Champions Challenge” so that we can list all the participating speedways that donated when it is over.”
This challenge goes out to both asphalt and dirt track owners whether they participate in a Race of Champions event or not. All track operators interested should send their checks directly to the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross attn: Cindy Gordineer at 620 E. Main Street – Endicott, New York 13760. They can be contacted directly via phone at (607) 785-7207.
In addition, Five Mile Point Speedway will have cash donation jugs available for any spectators or race teams that would like to contribute to the fund. These donation jugs will only be available this Saturday night, September 3rd as it is the last event at the speedway until the Race of Champions Dirt Tour Finale on October 14th and 15th. For more information you can contact Five Mile Point Speedway directly at (607) 775-5555.