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The following is the text of a Press Release issued by ChumpCar on the tremendous charitable contributions made by everyone at PIR. You Chumps are the best!


The ChumpCar World Series Hosted the First 24-Hour Endurance Ever Held at Portland International Raceway

Morgan Hill, Calif., November 3, 2009 – The ChumpCar World Series, North America’s newest international road racing endurance series, confirmed that its automobile racing event, held at Portland International Raceway (PIR) on October 31 and November 1, 2009, raised $11,984 in needed school supplies, clothing and cash for the Portland Community Transition School (CTS). CTS is a private, non-profit school dedicated entirely to the needs of children aged 5 to 14 whose families are homeless, in transition or otherwise experiencing poverty-related crises.

Race teams and ChumpCar staff filled a CTS school bus from floor-to-ceiling and door-to-door with new school items, while school staff and approximately 20 visiting students took in the race event. ChumpCar also prepared lunch for the students and they toured the various emergency vehicles that are always on stand-by at any racing activity. In addition, ChumpCar’s Principal Partners – Ron Cortez and John Condren – presented Ms. Cheryl Bickle (CTS Principal) and Ms. Marcia Harris (CTS Director of Development) with a ChumpCar cash donation of $3,000.

Later in the event, ChumpCar also presented Mr. Bart Ouchida, Portland Community College (PCC) Automotive Technology Instructor, with a check for $1,000 to be applied to the school’s scholarship program. “ChumpCar is the best of racing; the fun and the excitement of motorsports, with the addition of the best side of people… giving to those who need assistance,†stated Mr. Ouchida. “On behalf of the students and the Portland Community College automotive department faculty and staff, thank you for your generous donation to our scholarship fund.†PCC supplied the ChumpCar World Series with 16 first-term automotive program students who participated as technical inspectors under ChumpCar’s direction. The students also assisted in doling out penalties to cars and drivers whose infractions landed them in the “Penalty Box.â€

About ChumpCar:

The ChumpCar World Series is an automobile racing series for production sports cars, touring and sedan vehicles. With ChumpCar, however, each car entered in the race must be purchased for or valued at less than $500. While another $1,500 of safety equipment and safety modifications must be made to the cars before they can compete in any ChumpCar endurance race, the result is an extremely low-cost race car that doesn’t have any real advantage over any other car in the field. The series stresses a casual, fun-filled weekend of racing, bringing back the spirit of the 1950s and 1960s, when racers focused on camaraderie, sportsmanship and racing for pure enjoyment. ChumpCar also identifies a Designated Charity at each event, donating the proceeds of various ChumpCar event activities.

The ChumpCar World Series promotes more than 20 races a year across the United States and Canada. Race tracks, speedways and facilities are chosen for their safety, marketability, driving challenge and amenities. In 2010, ChumpCar World Series events are scheduled at Nashville Superspeedway (Ten.), Portland International Raceway (Ore.), Homestead-Miami Speedway (Fla.), Auto Club Speedway (Cal.), Texas Motor Speedway (Tex.), Sebring International Raceway (Fla.), Rockingham Raceway Park (N.C.), Virginia International Raceway (Vir.), Infineon Raceway (Cal.) and Shannonville Motorsports Park (Ontario, Canada) among others. Find more information about ChumpCar racing, the series rules and the schedule of events, at www.chumpcar.com.

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