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Cingular Wireless to Donate $100,000 to FDNY and Special Olympics after Gordon’s Win at Watkins Glen

WELCOME, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2003) — Cingular Wireless, primary sponsor of the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet, will donate $50,000 each to FDNY and Special Olympics as a result of Robby Gordon’s win Sunday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

The donation marks the third time Gordon’s on-track success has benefited FDNY and Special Olympics. Following his November 2001 victory at New Hampshire International Speedway, car owner Richard Childress and Gordon donated $203,924, their total purse money, to the Uniformed Firefighters Association’s Widow’s and Children’s Fund. Cingular Wireless also donated $18,800 to Special Olympics Team USA in April 2003, a $100 per-lap-completed donation, after Gordon completed all of the 188 laps in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Cingular Wireless had pledged to each organization $50,000 if Gordon won Sunday’s Sirius at The Glen. As part of Cingular Wireless’ support of FDNY and Special Olympics, the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Chevrolet also carried a special paint scheme this past weekend at Watkins Glen International.

"Sweeping both road course races this year is pretty special but being able to raise money for FDNY and Special Olympics makes it even more awesome for me," Gordon said. "It’s all about us being able to give something back to these everyday heroes. I got to know a lot of the guys with FDNY back in 2001 when Richard Childress and I presented a check to them after we won at Loudon. They’re just a great group of selfless people and I’m glad we could help them out. I’ve also gotten to know a lot of the athletes with Special Olympics as a result of Cingular Wireless’ relationship with them and they are truly amazing people in everything they do. This win was for both of these great organizations."

A date and location for Cingular and Gordon’s check presentation to FDNY and Special Olympics will be announced in the near future.

Cingular Wireless is the largest U.S. corporate sponsor in Special Olympics history, raising more than $28 million nationwide during the past three years.