Tony Stewart, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and three-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series A-Feature winner, has teamed up with Kick-It, a partner of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, to host the second annual Kick-It kickball game at the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, sprint car racing’s most prestigious event. The 2013 event will feature four teams – two teams consisting solely of the world’s greatest sprint car drivers, a third team of their wives and girlfriends, and the fourth team featuring fans that donate to the cause.
The fourth team of fans will be chosen by a first-ever go-karting race against Stewart at Slideways Karting Center. The first 50 donors to contribute $200 or more will be entered in the five heat race, and 20-lap featureevent against Stewart on Wednesday of Knoxville Nationals week. The top-two finishers in each heat race will qualify for the feature event and comprise the fourth team in Friday’s kickball event.
Both live and silent auctions will take place throughout Friday’s kickball game, this year featuring one-in-a-lifetime experiences such as two-seater sprint car rides, a trip for two to Tony Stewart’s “Smoke Show” Sept. 25 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, commentating events during the 2013 Knoxville Nationals, riding shotgun in the official Knoxville Raceway pace car, participating as a Kasey Kahne Racing honorary crew member, waving the green flag for the SPEED SPORT Knoxville Raceway World Challenge and more. Sprint car and NASCAR memorabilia including an autographed and event-worn Jeff Gordon firesuit and a Bell helmet signed by all Knoxville Nationals participants. Official items from Tony Stewart’s Kick-It Cup will also be auctioned following the game.
All proceeds from the kickball game and auction will benefit Kick-It, a grassroots fundraising program focusing solely on raising money for children’s cancer research.
Sponsorship opportunities remain available.
Wednesday, August 7 - 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
• Tony Stewart will compete against 50 donors in five 12-lap heat races. The top-two finishers of each heat qualify for the 20-lap feature event.
• The 10 feature qualifiers will also comprise the fourth team in Friday’s Kickball event.
• Event is open to the public. Interviews available upon request.
Friday, August 9 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Slideways Karting Center Young’s Park
1230 Highway 14 1000 North Lincoln Street
Knoxville, Iowa 50138 Knoxville, Iowa 50138
Tony Stewart, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, driver No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet and owner of the No. 15 STP/Armor All Chevy and No. 11 Bad Boy Buggies Chevy teams in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series
Johnny Gibbs, Tony Stewart’s Kick-It Cup VIP Player, 15-year-old survivor of brain and spinal cancer making his first trip to the Knoxville Nationals
Participants: Shane Stewart, Paul McMahan, Brian Brown, Greg Hodnett, Daryn and Mandy Pittman, Rico Abreu, Kerry Madsen, Dale Blaney, David Gravel, Kraig Kinser, Johnny and Carla Herrera, Mark Dobmeier, Kevin Swindell, Brady and XiaXianna Bacon, Craig Dollansky (confirmed at this time)
Emcee: Tony Bokhoven
About Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation:
The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation was established as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization in 1999 by the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. The Foundation supports children battling pediatric cancer by funding programs that improve patients’ quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure. In addition, the foundation also supports the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, NC. For more information visit www.jeffgordonchildrensfoundation.org.
Kick-It is a national grassroots fundraising program focused solely on raising money for children’s cancer research. Founded by a 10-year old cancer patient who loves kickball, Kick-It events have been held across the country and as far away as Australia. With the help of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, more than 1.5 million dollars has been raised for children's cancer research. For more information visit www.kick-it.org.
About Slideways Karting Center:
Slideways, established in 2002, is a 1/16th, 8 percent banking, oval mile concrete karting facility 1.5 miles north of Knoxville Raceway. The facility provides 22 karts to choose from and safety equipment for all drivers.
As part of Slideways' support for the Kick-It cause, $1.00 from every single-ride ticket sold the day of the Kick-It Go Kart race against Tony Stewart Event will be donated to the foundation. Also anyone who donates $25 or more to the foundation will get $5.00 rides for the duration of the 2013 410 Knoxville Nationals. Slideways is racer owned and operated.
For more information visit www.slidewayskartingcenter.com.