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Marrow Program to Hold Fan Fest on May 21

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 16, 2003) – On Wednesday, May 21 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Hendrick Motorsports will be hosting the Hendrick Marrow Program Fan Festival at the Hendrick Motorsports complex. The event will feature food, fun and driver appearances.

All proceeds raised by the carnival-style festival will benefit The Hendrick Marrow Program (HMP).

Founded in 1997 by team owner Rick Hendrick, The HMP’s mission is to educate the public about the need for bone marrow donors, help pay for blood tests enabling new volunteers to join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry (NMDP), and assist patients undergoing marrow transplants with food and housing expenses.

The festival will also feature a barbeque cookout and celebrity cook-off from 1-3 p.m., Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet simulator, a craft fair featuring NASCAR wives, and carnival games.

NASCAR Busch Series drivers David Green and Brian Vickers will also make special appearances in the “dunk tank” from 12 until 1 p.m., while local Charlotte radio stations WKKT “Kat Country,” Magic 96.1 and 106.5 “The End” will be broadcasting live from the event.

NASCAR Winston Cup drivers such as Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Terry Labonte, Ken Schrader, Ricky Craven, and Jack Sprague are regular contributors to the Hendrick Marrow Program. These drivers have volunteered their time, made donations and hosted fundraisers all in support of the program.

In 2000, Hendrick Motorsports received the NMDP’s prestigious Corporate Award, and Rick and Linda Hendrick have been honored with the Marrow Foundation’s Leadership for Life Award.

With continued support from NASCAR drivers, fans and the community, The Hendrick Marrow Program will continue to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from leukemia and other blood-related diseases.

Hendrick Motorsports is located off Morehead Road, about one mile from Lowe’s Motor Speedway. For directions and more information call toll free (877) 467-4890.

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