Talladega Race Fans Can See The Cycle Xchange/Dale Jr. Charity Chopper In Parade Lap & On Display Prior To UAW-Ford 500 On Oct. 8 Proceeds from Online Auction to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central & Western North Carolina
JR Motorsports and The Cycle Xchange have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind custom chopper benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and Western North Carolina, and fans attending the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 8 will get to see the unique machine first-hand when it is featured in a parade lap prior to the start of the race. The chopper will also be on display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame adjacent to the speedway during race weekend.
The project was established to raise awareness of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s commitment to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as to raise significant dollars in support of this worthy cause.
Since joining as a full-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver in 2000, Dale Jr. has met more than 100 kids through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition to his involvement with the TCX custom chopper, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has raised more than $64,000 this year for MAW through the eBay platform. In February, the helmet and uniform he wore during the filming of the NASCAR commercial "Capture the Flag" went to the highest bidders at $21,600 and $20,100, respectively. Dale Jr. also autographed and donated eight pieces of the No. 8 Dirty Mo' Posse NASCAR Busch Series car, generating more than $15,000. This was the same car that he started from the pole, led every lap and went on to win the Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2003. More recently, he donated the pajamas he wore in the Gillette Young Guns "Prank" commercial, raising an additional $6,400.
The family-run operation, The Cycle Xchange, is a custom motorcycle design, manufacturing and repair facility led by Jeff and Brian Clark in Matthews, N.C. Jeff Clark has been involved in the sport of NASCAR as an engine designer/builder, car tuner and jack-man for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Davey Allison, Ernie Irvin, Dale Jarrett and Rusty Wallace for the past 16 years. Currently a consultant for Dale Earnhardt Incorporated's engine department, Jeff continues to serve as a crewmember for the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet during NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekends. Brian Clark was an integral member of Dale Jarrett's 1999 Winston Cup Series championship team, just one of the many highlights during his seven years in NASCAR.
Both Jeff and Brian have brought to the Cycle Xchange the same drive that produced wins at the legendary Talladega Superspeedway, historical Daytona International Speedway, the prestigious Brickyard, a Winston Cup Championship and a total 46 Winston Cup Series wins. The Cycle Xchange employs an All-Pro crew of Certified Motorcycle Technicians with more than 20 years of experience.
About the TCX Chopper
The custom TCX Chopper is based off of a pro-street softail frame carrying a strong racing theme to recognize JR Motorsports, founded by Dale Earnhardt Jr., and his personal commitment to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
¿ The chopper is built on a TCX single-sided swing arm frame
¿ All electronics are concealed in a custom enclosure under the seat, with all wires being routed through the frame
¿ The custom one-piece fuel tank has a Dakota Digital speedometer molded on the top
¿ The TCX chopper is powered by S & S Cycle
¿ The graphics represent a JR Motorsports theme...black, orange and white
Behind the TCX/Dale Jr. Charity Chopper
The 2006 TCX/Dale Jr. Chopper debuted at Food Lion Speed Street 600 Festival in Charlotte, N.C., May 25 - 27, 2006. It is also scheduled to be on view at select NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races, as well as several major motorcycle rallies including Sturgis Bike Week.
The eBay Charity listing, located at www.ebay.com/dalejr, will begin Sept. 29, 2006 at 8 p.m. Pacific. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will present the TCX/Dale Jr.
Chopper to the winning bidder during on-stage festivities at the 7th Annual Celebrity/Sports Auction Oct. 24, 2006 in Charlotte, N.C. For information and how to purchase tickets, log on to www.CelebritySportsAuction.com.
UAW-Ford 500 Event Weekend At Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway will welcome fans back for the UAW-Ford 500 event weekend set for Oct. 6-8, 2006, featuring 1,000 miles of racing in 3 days. The weekend begins with the Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Friday, Oct. 6, followed by the track's inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 7. Then on Sunday, Oct. 8, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams will compete in the UAW-Ford 500, race four in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge on Friday and Saturday of race weekends in the general admission grandstands at Talladega Superspeedway. To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342). For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available online at www.racetickets.com, or in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday.