The #93 Amoco-Siemens racing team, High Point, N.C., will replace its hood and rear deck logos with symbols of the American Red Cross and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) for Sunday’s NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Dover Downs International Speedway. The American Red Cross logo will replace Amoco Ultimate branding on the hood, accompanied by contact information (1-800-HELP-NOW or 1-800-435-7669). In addition, the official shield of the Fire Department of New York will replace Siemens deck-lid signage on the #93 Dave Blaney Dodge. Siemens, the team's major associate sponsor, joined Amoco in waiving its space on the car for this weekend's race.
Driver Blaney and team owner Bill Davis will join other NASCAR teams in generating additional funds in a lap-to-lap fund-raising program. Amoco, Siemens, Davis, and Blaney will each contribute $10 per-lap for every lap Blaney runs during the 400-lap race, totaling as much $16,000 for the Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross. Last week BP/Amoco announced $5 million in corporate contributions to help victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.
Sam Pardon, an over-the-wall crew member for the #22 car of Ward Burton and a key member of the fabrication shop at Bill Davis Racing, has spent the week in New York at the World Trade Center (WTC) site, volunteering his metal-work expertise to the massive rescue effort in conjunction with Lincoln Electric, a leading producer of welding machinery and a Bill Davis Racing partner.
Jonathan Murath, an active New York City firefighter, was pivotal in Siemens' effort to secure the opportunity to display the FDNY shields on the deck-lid of the #93 Dodge. Murath, currently serving at the WTC site on a 24-hour on-off rotation, is a member of the "Fire Factory" firehouse in Harlem, Engine 58, Ladder 26, located at 115th Street and 5th Avenue in New York. Murath's group has suffered losses in the aftermath of the WTC attack but continues to contribute tirelessly alongside firefighters from throughout New York and the region.
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Photo courtesy of Siemens, Alpharetta, Ga.