The Scleroderma Foundation Becomes 2006 Associate Sponsor of the ppc Racing/AutoZone #22 Ford in the NASCAR Busch Series

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The Scleroderma Foundation and ppc Racing are proud to announce that the Scleroderma Foundation will be an associate sponsor of the ppc Racing/AutoZone #22 Ford Fusion with driver Kenny Wallace during the full 2006 NASCAR Busch Series campaign.

The Scleroderma Foundation and ppc Racing are proud to announce that the Scleroderma Foundation will be an associate sponsor of the ppc Racing/AutoZone #22 Ford Fusion with driver Kenny Wallace during the full 2006 NASCAR Busch Series campaign. The Scleroderma Foundation first partnered with ppc Racing earlier this year for the Dover 200 on September 24th at Dover International Speedway.

“With Kenny Wallace and ppc Racing, we are certain that our members and all fans of the NASCAR Busch Series will see exciting racing,” said Donna Kohli, President and CEO of the Scleroderma Foundation headquartered in Danvers, MA. "Kenny is a great spokesperson for NASCAR racing and all his sponsors and we are confident NASCAR fans will continue to support this team. It is also a great way to raise awareness and funds for this devastating autoimmune disease that affects over 300,000 people in the United States alone. We wish Kenny Wallace, the #22 AutoZone Crew and the entire ppc Racing team much success in 2006.”

For all races, official practices and other appearances in conjunction with races, The Scleroderma Foundation logo will appear on the B-posts of the #22 AutoZone car as well as on Kenny Wallace’s uniform, crew uniforms, crew race-day shirts and on the ppc Racing Transporter.

“We are very proud that the Scleroderma Foundation has become a part of the ppc Racing family of sponsors,” said Greg Pollex, owner of ppc Racing. “Awareness of this cause and its needs is their biggest objective, and we intend to deliver on that goal by putting Kenny Wallace and the #22 AutoZone Ford Fusion up front. I hope that all of our fans will visit http://www.scleroderma.org to learn about this disease, and support those affected by it. Scleroderma affects women four times as often as men, and this initiative reflects our efforts on behalf of our female NASCAR fans.”

About The Scleroderma Foundation

Our mission is three-pronged:

  •     to raise funds for research on the cause and treatment of scleroderma
  •     to help patients and their families cope with the disease through mutual support programs and hotline assistance
  •     to educate patients and their families as well as medical professionals and the public, through medical symposiums, literature, a newsletter, public awareness programs and political advocacy

Unfortunately, as great strides are being made for the treatment and cure of many diseases, scleroderma still remains relatively unknown to the general public. As you may be aware, scleroderma, a devastating autoimmune disease that hardens the skin and often attacks internal organs, affects over 300,000 U.S. citizens. Because it is a disease that receives so little attention, it is important to consider these facts:

  •     80% of scleroderma patients are women between the ages of 25 and 55, frequently during childbearing years, (5,000 to 7,000 children suffer with either the linear or morphea form of pediatric scleroderma)
  •     The localized and systemic forms of the disease can cause serious facial changes, disfigurement and even death
  •     we do not yet know what causes scleroderma and currently there is no cure
  •     annual direct and indirect costs of scleroderma in the United States are $1.5 billion, according to a study abstract published in Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, and
  •     50 million Americans suffer from an autoimmune disease

For more information about Scleroderma, call toll free at 1-800-722-HOPE (4673) or log on to their website http://www.scleroderma.org For information regarding this announcement, call toll free at 1-866-675-5545.

About ppc Racing LLC and Greg Pollex

ppc Racing marked its sixth year of competition in 2005 under ownership from Greg Pollex. His NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series teams have amassed 32 wins and more than 150 top-five and 250 top-10 finishes. In its inaugural year, ppc Racing won the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series driver and owner's championship, finishing 1-2 in the standings. Over the years Pollex has hired recognizable and successful drivers Jeff Green, Jason Keller, Scott Riggs, Kenny Wallace, Michel Jourdain Jr., Terry Cook, and John Andretti. For sponsorship information, contact Andy O’Hara. For more information, please visit http://www.ppcracing.com

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