CARSTAR Super'Stang Joins the Summer Drag Series in Michigan

Thursday, June 05, 2008

The CARSTAR Super’Stang will join the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), ESPN and 40,000 fans for the Summer Drag Series at Knoll Gas Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.The Super’Stang, a beautifully rebuilt 1967 Mustang that tours the country raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, will be accepting donations at the Manufacturer’s Midway. The Super’Stang and will be located in the Midway that runs parallel to the drag strip on the western side, while featured racers from around the country will be competing in head-to-head action for the fastest eighth-mile time. This is the first year that the ADRL Summer Drag Series has come to Martin.“We have done a lot of work with charities behind the scenes, but this is by and far the largest event that we have tackled,” said Pat Smith, business development manager of local CARSTAR Collison Centers. “We have been collecting donations in our stores and are excited to take this to the next level.”“We are expecting about 40,000 fans during the race weekend,” acknowledged Stephanie Peterson, marketing and media relations coordinator for the Knoll Gas Motorsports Park. “The ADRL is giving away free weekend tickets at more than 50 Pizza Hut locations in western Michigan and at the Motorsports Park office, so we should see a very large crowd.”Spectator gates to the raceway open at 9 a.m., June 6-7. Open pits, racing and other activities will go on until the final Jet Car one run at 10:15 p.m. on Friday night and until 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night. “These are really fan-friendly races,” said Peterson. “Unlike NASCAR, the fans can come right down to the pits and talk to crew members and racers.”The CARSTAR Super’Stang, created by CARSTAR and one of the country’s leading restorer of Mustangs, Jeff Yergovich, is the centerpiece of an 18-month fundraising tour to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This 1967 prototype Ford Mustang will be sold at auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., in January 2009 to benefit the Foundation. The tour has already raised more than $180,000 and traveled more than 35,000 miles.This stop of the CARSTAR Super’Stang is sponsored by three local CARSTAR collision repair stores: DeGroot CARSTAR Collision, Automotive Concepts CARSTAR and Marcott Collision CARSTAR. For more information, photos or a schedule of tour events, visit the CARSTAR Super’Stang Muscle Tour on the Web at CARSTARHeadquartered in Overland Park, Kan., CARSTAR is the largest group of independently owned and operated auto body repair stores in North America. The privately held company currently has more than 270 locations in 27 U.S. states and 110 Canadian locations. Since it was founded in 1989, CARSTAR has performed more than 2.5 million repairs with an average customer satisfaction rating of 98 percent or better. For more information, visit About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 67 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 161,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.


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