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Chevy Auction to Benefit Tsunami Relief Efforts

DETROIT (Jan. 10, 2005) – Chevrolet is supporting a unique benefit auction on eBay to assist Indian Ocean tsunami relief efforts.

The ultimate racing package, including an all-access trip for two to the 2005 Daytona 500, along with a 2005 Chevy SSR autographed by four-time driving champion Jeff Gordon, will be available for auction beginning Jan. 10. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

“The organizations supporting the tsunami relief efforts can never receive enough help,” said Brent Dewar, general manager of Chevrolet. “The donation of the Chevy Racing Daytona 500 experience is one way we can support the tsunami relief efforts while offering a new vehicle and a unique racing experience for a generous individual.”

The person with the highest bid will receive a 2005 Chevy SSR signed by Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

In addition to the vehicle, the Chevy Racing Daytona 500 experience includes roundtrip coach airfare, lodging and tickets for two to the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20. The bidder and a guest will watch the Daytona 500, the Hershey’s Take 5 300 on Feb. 19 and the Gatorade Duel at Daytona on Feb. 17 from the Chevrolet suite located just above the start-finish line.

Each guest will have the opportunity to take a hot lap ride on the famous Daytona International Speedway, and will receive two VIP access credentials (must be 18 years of age or older) and an escorted garage and pit tour offering a chance to meet various Chevy drivers and VIPs. The Daytona 500 weekend also includes two invitations to the exclusive Chevy Racing Daytona 500 kickoff party and two tickets to Daytona USA, the ultimate motor-sports attraction.

The winning bidder will also leave the Daytona 500 with a variety of Chevrolet motor-sport merchandise.

The 10-day auction for the Chevy Racing Daytona 500 experience begins at 12 p.m. ET on Jan. 10 with the opening bid starting at $25,000. The recipient will be determined based on the highest bid submitted by 12 p.m. ET on Jan. 20.

To place a bid or learn more about this auction item, visit www.ebay.com/gm.

The auction for the Chevrolet Racing Daytona 500 experience is one of several efforts by General Motors to provide support to the tsunami survivors. The GM Foundation has pledged $1 million in cash to the International Response Fund of the American Red Cross.

GM announced it will match up to $1 million in contributions made by GM employees to the International Response Fund of the American Red Cross, UNICEF and CARE. Additionally, GM will provide vehicles to assist in the movement of medical equipment and supplies in areas affected by the storms.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer, employs 325,000 people globally. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in more than 192 countries. In 2003, GM sold nearly 8.6 million cars and trucks, about 15 percent of the global vehicle market. GM’s global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM and its products can be found on the company’s consumer website at www.gm.com.


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