That’s right, race fans…Talladega’s ultimate party with a purpose, RACE FEVER, is moving to the fall in 2009. If you are planning to attend the 2009 AMP Energy 500 Event Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway October 30-Nov 1, 2009, have we got another HOT ticket for you! Make your plans NOW to attend the 24th Annual Race Fever Night, a barbecue dinner and auction fundraiser for Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind set for Friday evening, October 30th at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum. We are extremely excited about our move to later in the race season and hope you will make your plans NOW to join us!
Race Fever began in 1986, when former NASCAR Chairman, the late Bill France, Jr. organized the first event to benefit children and adults served by AIDB. This event has come a long way since its beginnings on the football field at the Alabama School for the Deaf and Blind raising $12,000. Through the continued support and coordination between the racing community, AIDB and Talladega Superspeedway, Race Fever has grown steadily to raise well in excess of $2.7 million for AIDB Foundation, the designated charity of Talladega Superspeedway.
This event has been a sell out for the last several years, so track officials urge everyone to reserve your tickets early or risk missing out on the opportunity to enjoy a delicious barbecue meal and the opportunity to meet their favorite NASCAR drivers as well as to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items and experiences.
Tickets are still only $60 per person, and include admission to the event, an all-you-can-eat barbecue feast, the chance to meet dozens of NASCAR drivers, and an opportunity to bid on remarkable race memorabilia, vacation packages and other items donated by businesses and friends of AIDB. Gathering a group of friends to come along provides an opportunity to save, as a complete table for 8 is only $450. Event tickets and sponsorships are available online at www.racefever.org.
A total of 16 Sprint Cup and Nationwide drivers made appearances at Race Fever 2008—many repeat attendees including Kyle Petty, Bobby Labonte, Kurt Busch, David Ragan, Joe Nemechek, Marcos Ambrose, A.J. Allmendinger, Brian Vickers, Paul Menard, Kevin Lepage, Travis Kvapil, David Gilliland, Scott Wimmer, Kelly Bires, Brad Coleman and Cale Gale.
Legendary Coach, Sonny Smith and media personality, Mike “The Bagman” Bagley conducted great on-stage interviews with each of the drivers. Darrell Waltrip again hosted our Live Auction with help this year from Alabama Auctioneer’s Association Hall of Fame auctioneer Wayne Thorn and long-time AIDB supporter Steve Barkdoll. Race fans were on the edge of their seats with this opportunity to win once-in-a-lifetime race memorabilia and experiences. The Driver Introduction Handshake for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 race was the evening’s highest selling item going for $5,700 followed closely by a 2008 Kawasaki Prairie 360 2x4 donated by Talladega Cycle Sales selling for $5,400. Other items included several VIP packages for the Aaron’s 312 race and Aaron’s 499 race including driver introductions, Victory Lane experiences and a National Anthem Ceremony ride for the Aaron’s 499.
About Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind
Currently, AIDB is celebrating its 150thanniversary. Since 1858, AIDB has been a leader in education and rehabilitation services for Alabama’s sensory impaired children and adults. AIDB has five campuses in Talladega and a network of nine Regional Centers across the state with location in; Auburn, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia.
The 2009 AMP Energy 500 Weekend will feature NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, followed by qualifying for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Friday, Oct. 30. On Saturday, Oct. 31, the field for the AMP Energy 500 will be set during Food Land/ Food Giant Qualifying, followed by the stars of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series battling it out in the Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Winn Dixie.
After the day’s racing is done, the night turns to fright when NASCAR’s largest speedway hosts the World’s Largest Halloween Party. Celebrating with the thousands of fans staying on track property is a ghoulish good way to wind down from the days activities. Then on Sunday, Nov. 1, dreams will be made and others broken, as 43 of NASCAR’s best compete in the AMP Energy 500, Race Number Seven in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
For more information on tickets to Talladega Superspeedway, please visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Monday- Friday.
Race Fever is the largest source of unrestricted funds for the AIDB Foundation. Through the five campuses and nine regional centers throughout Alabama, AIDB serves thousands of children and adults who are deaf, blind and multi-disabled in all 67 counties of Alabama. To learn more about Race Fever Night to benefit AIDB Foundation, log onto www.racefever.org, or call (256) 761-3571.