|Daytona International Speedway and Amazon.com Auctions Give Race Enthusiasts an Opportunity to Bid for Charity|
Proceeds from auction of racing memorabilia to benefit The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps
DAYTONA, Fla. and SEATTLE--Jan. 24, 2000--Memorabilia of NASCAR Winston Cup Champions Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon are just samples of what race enthusiasts can expect to bid on in the Daytona Speedweeks Charity Auction at Amazon.com Auctions.
Proceeds will benefit The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps, founded for kids by Paul Newman. The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps are a group of camps in the U.S. and Europe where children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses can have fun while continuing treatment.
From February 7 to 27, many NASCAR-related items will be placed on the auction block at www.amazon.com/daytona, including signed team and sponsor apparel, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with drivers, actual items from the 2000 Daytona 500, and other items never put up for auction before.
Some initial highlights from the upcoming auction include:
-- Autographed Jeff Gordon Rainbow Warrior Helmet
This helmet was on display in DAYTONA USA, The Official Attraction of NASCAR, for the year following his 1997 Daytona 500 win. -- Dale Earnhardt's Gloves from his 1998 Daytona 500 Win The actual gloves worn by seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion Dale Earnhardt as he drove to victory in the 1998 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. -- Lunch with the King, Richard Petty Join seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion Richard Petty for lunch and a personal tour of the Richard Petty Driving Experience shop in Harrisburg, North Carolina, and then strap into a 600-plus-horsepower stock car for the full effect of what it's like to drive a real stock car at Lowe's Motor Speedway. -- Lunch with Ray Evernham, Dodge Motorsports Team Owner Have lunch with America's winningest crew chief, Ray Evernham, now leading Dodge Motorsport's Winston Cup effort. Lunch will be at the Evernham motorsports garage in Harrisburg, North Carolina. See first-hand how Ray and his team are building the Dodge Intrepid R/T, scheduled to race in the Daytona 500 in the year 2001. "Daytona International Speedway, 'The World Center of Racing,' is
very glad to be participating in such an outstanding event," said Glyn Johnston, director of communications for Daytona International Speedway. "Here we not only benefit our great race fans, but also The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps. By helping facilitate this auction, with benefits going to the Camps, Daytona International Speedway is taking another step in helping to bring fun and enjoyment into the lives of children with chronic illnesses."
"The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps are honored to be partnering with Amazon.com Auctions and Daytona International Speedway on this auction," said Sarah Gurtis, vice president, The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps. "Our founder, Paul Newman, has had a long association with motorsports as both a team owner and competitor. Motorsports fans are noted for both their enthusiasm and generosity, and now our campers and their families will benefit directly from that support."
"We know how dedicated race fans are and we are delighted to give them an opportunity to own something from their favorite driver, while at the same time contributing to a good cause," said Jeff Blackburn, general manager Amazon.com Auctions. "We applaud The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps for the joy they bring to so many children, and are glad we could help benefit such a fine organization."
In addition to this special auction, race enthusiasts will be able to find a vast and incredible selection of racing memorabilia and products on Amazon.com Auctions and Amazon.com zShops.
About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is one of 11 major motorsports facilities owned and/or operated by International Speedway Corporation, a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events annually. Daytona International Speedway is home to the Daytona 500, Pepsi 400, The Rolex 24 at Daytona, Daytona 200 by Arai, and numerous other events and races.
About The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps
The Hole In The Wall Gang Camps, founded by Paul Newman, serve children dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses by creating memorable, old-fashioned camping experiences. With state-of-the-art medical services available, children are empowered, in the words of Paul Newman, to "kick back, relax, and raise a little hell." There are currently four camps in the U.S. and two overseas. No child or family pays to attend a Hole In The Wall Gang Camp.
About Amazon.com, Inc.
Amazon.com (Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries) is the Internet's No. 1 music, No. 1 DVD and video, and No. 1 book retailer. Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection, along with online auctions and free electronic greeting cards. Amazon.com lists more than 18 million unique items in categories including books, CDs, toys, electronics, videos, DVDs, home improvement products, software, and video games. Through Amazon.com zShops, any business or individual can sell virtually anything to Amazon.com's more than 16 million customers, and with Amazon.com Payments, any seller can accept credit card transactions, avoiding the hassles of offline payments.
Amazon.com seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they may want to buy online. Amazon.com's All Product Search scours the Web to help customers find merchandise that is not available at Amazon.com, Amazon.com Auctions, or Amazon.com zShops, making Amazon.com the shopping destination to find anything.
Amazon.com operates two international Web sites: www.amazon.co.uk in the United Kingdom and www.amazon.de in Germany. Amazon.com also operates PlanetAll (www.planetall.com), a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and 500,000 cast and crewmembers dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the present. Amazon.com also operates Amazon.com LiveBid Auctions (http://livebid.amazon.com), the leading provider of live-event auctions on the Internet.
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This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, anticipated losses, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality, consumer trends, competition, risk of distribution center expansion, risks related to fourth quarter, risks of system interruption, management of potential growth, risks related to auction and zShops services, risks related to fraud and Amazon.com Payments, and risks of new business areas, international expansion, business combinations, and strategic alliances. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 1999, June 30, 1999 and September 30, 1999.