Monday, August 11, 2008
Harvick to appear in Phoenix on August 28 as part of partnership
Phoenix International Raceway, Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will unite this season in a unique partnership that will celebrate NASCAR racing and the accomplishments and bravery of current and veteran armed forces personnel.
The partnership will include a series of activities and programs, including a Phoenix-area appearance by 2007 Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick and wife DeLana Harvick on Thursday, August 28, a special discounted ticketing program, as well as numerous events to help celebrate Veterans Day weekend - which coincides with PIR's November 6-9 NASCAR event weekend.
"I couldn't think of a more appropriate way to celebrate Veterans Day than to pay tribute to all of the veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much for this country," said Kevin Harvick, co-owner of KHI with DeLana. "Everyone at KHI takes great pride in representing such an incredible organization, and we hope this program will help educate the public about the tremendous work they do to support our country's heroes."
To kick off the partnership between PIR, KHI, and VFW, Harvick will visit a local area VFW Post on August 28 as part of a Military Appreciation event sponsored by all three entities. The event, open to VFW members and their families, invited military guests, and media, will include a barbecue lunch for attendees, ticket and prize giveaways, and autographs from Harvick.
"We're tremendously pleased to have an opportunity to share such an important day with PIR and KHI as we pay tribute to those who deserve it most," said VFW National Commander George Lisicki. "As an organization of combat veterans, VFW deeply appreciates PIR's and KHI's effort in honoring today's warriors and those of the past, as well as their assistance in spreading the message of respect and recognition, to better help make the public understand the real meaning of Veterans Day."
PIR will celebrate those veterans during pre-race festivities just prior to the Friday, November 7 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Lucas Oil 150, at which defending series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. will drive a VFW-themed truck for KHI. There will also be pre-race presence honoring veterans during Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil - the semi-final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
To celebrate the partnership, PIR is offering a special ticket package for the Lucas Oil 150. For $95, ticket purchasers will receive one (1) grandstand ticket to the race, admission to Corporate Village (including food and beverage), and a Craftsman Truck Series pre-race pit pass to be used that day. Ticket package purchasers will also be treated to a question-and-answer session with KHI Nationwide Series driver Cale Gale.
Information on the VFW celebration ticket package can be found here
inside the "VFW Racing Package" section, or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223)
About Veterans of Foreign Wars
Founded in 1899, the Veterans of Foreign Wars' voice has been instrumental in improving the quality of life for active service members, veterans and their families through advocacy and service.
In a time when the need has never been greater, VFW has stepped in to help deployed service members and their families with critical programs and services. VFW has:
• Given more than $2.2 million in grants to active duty military families that ease the financial burden of a deployed family member; grants that help pay bills, cover the cost of daycare and education and unforeseen expenses military families endure.
keep numerous homes of deployed service members out of foreclosure.
• Established more than 70 VFW Military Family Support Centers in 44 states.
• Distributed over 10 million phone cards to troops serving far from home and veterans in hospitals or retirement facilities.
• Sponsored over 18,000,000 minutes of talk time through VFW Free Call Days for troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.
• Coordinated more than 800 military unit adoptions by nearly 600 VFW Posts and Auxiliaries.
• Donated more than $545,000 to host hundreds of military events across the nation.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, with its Auxiliaries, includes 2.2 million members in approximately 8100 Posts worldwide. Annually, VFW members and its Auxiliary contribute more than 13 million hours of volunteerism in the community.
More information can be found at www.vfw.org
About Kevin Harvick Inc.
Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), established in 2001, is a 70,000 sq. ft. facility located in Kernersville, N.C. KHI houses two full-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams: the No. 33 Camping World/Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Chevrolet Silverado driven by three-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, as well as the No. 2 American Commercial Lines/RVs.com Chevrolet Silverado driven by three-time Truck Series champion Jack Sprague.
KHI is also home to the No. 33 Camping World/RoadLoans.com/Rheem Chevrolet driven by two-time Nationwide Series champion Kevin Harvick, Ron Hornaday and Cale Gale and the No. 77 Rheem/VFW Chevrolet competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
2008 marks KHI's fifth year of full-time competition in NASCAR's elite divisions. Visit www.kevinharvickinc.com
for more information.