Darrell Waltrip On Board For 2007 Race Fever To Benefit AIDB


Race Fever 2007 organizers are thrilled to announce that racing legend and broadcast celebrity Darrell Waltrip will participate in the annual fundraising event that benefits Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB). Race Fever 2007 will again be held in conjunction with the Aaron's Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, and is set for Friday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the SPEED Channel Dome within the International Motorsports Hall of Fame complex.

Waltrip participated in the 2006 production of the event, encouraging more than 1,600 race fans from 36 states, England and Canada with his famous "Let's Go Racing!" overture as the auction began. When Race Fever 2006 ended, more than $200,000 was raised for AIDB's statewide programs.

"I've cleared my schedule for that part of the evening so I can fully participate in Race Fever 2007. It's a well-organized, high-energy event that through the coordination of AIDB, Talladega Superspeedway and the racing community has gained the commitment of many NASCAR drivers and celebrities for a worthy cause," Waltrip said. "I had a great time last year and am excited about coming back!"

Waltrip will join co-hosts, fellow NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion Ned Jarrett, legendary basketball coach Sonny Smith and auctioneer Phil Barkdoll for the 22nd annual Race Fever dinner and auction.

The list of NASCAR drivers who commit their time to the event each year seems to grow annually, with 28 participating in Race Fever last year. Some, like Bobby Labonte, have said that the AIDB event has become an annual part of their spring Talladega race weekend. Each year, drivers such as Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Kyle Petty, Joe Nemechek, Sterling Marlin, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Burton participate in Q&A sessions, sign autographs and visit with AIDB students and fans.

"The driver commitment each year is phenomenal," said Talladega Superspeedway Vice President/General Manager Rick Humphrey. "Their participation is critical to the success of the event, because Race Fever allows fans and sponsors to get 'up close and personal' with drivers while positively impacting children and their families experiencing deafness and blindness. It's a great event to be involved in - on any level."

In addition to time commitments, a growing list of unique memorabilia and experiences that will be available in the live and silent auctions can be viewed online by clicking here. The lists will be updated periodically in the next several weeks leading up to the event.

Race Fever 2006 sold out two-months prior to the event, so organizers encourage those interested in attending to get their tickets now before it is too late! For 2007 ticket and sponsorship information, call 256.761.3317 or visit the websites www.racefever.org or www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

Race Fever to benefit AIDB began in 1986 when former NASCAR Chairman Bill France, Jr. organized the first event. Since then, the fundraiser has grown to raise in excess of $2.2 million for AIDB Foundation. Proceeds from the event benefit many classroom and dormitory needs of deaf and blind children and adults at AIDB.

About Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is the nation's most comprehensive education and service program for deaf and blind children and adults. AIDB serves more than 12,500 individuals annually through the Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind, Helen Keller School, Gentry Technical Facility, Alabama Industries for the Blind and nine regional centers located in Auburn, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa

and the Shoals.

About Aaron's Dream Weekend At Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway officials are preparing to welcome back fans for its first races of the 2007 NASCAR season during the Aaron's Dream Weekend, featuring the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series and Aaron's 499 NEXTEL Cup Series races. Friday, April 27 will feature The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR Busch Series. Saturday, April 28 will feature The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race. Then on Sunday, April 29, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers will compete in the Aaron's 499, the ninth race of the season. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available by calling 1- 877-Go2-DEGA (462-3342) Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT, or by logging onto www.racetickets.com. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). You may also purchase tickets in person at Talladega Superspeedway's Ticket Office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday.

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