NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 4, 2003) — Bridgestone Motorsport is donating $10,000 to “Race for Relief,” a disaster relief initiative to benefit those affected by the Southern California wildfires.
“Race for Relief” has been organized by the California Speedway, and monetary contributions made to the initiative will be donated to the Southern California Fire Disaster Relief Fund, which benefits the American Red Cross relief efforts.
California Speedway was to have been the site of the final race of the season for Bridgestone's Champ Car World Series on Nov. 2, but the race was canceled. The speedway and others in the Champ Car community have focused their efforts now on assisting those in the area who have been displaced or otherwise affected by the wildfires.
“This is a community where we, as part of the racing industry, have spent quite a bit of time over the past few years,” said Al Speyer, executive director of motorsports for Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire L.L.C. “It's a beautiful area with warm, friendly people, and we're all incredibly saddened to see the devastation that has been caused by the fires.
“Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected, and it was important for us to do something to help. The speedway has done an incredible job of putting this initiative together, and we're glad to be part of it.”
Those interested in contributing to the fund can do so by mailing a donation to California Speedway, 9300 Cherry Ave., Fontana, Calif. 92335. For more information on “Race for Relief,” visit www.californiaspeedway.com.