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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Any awareness is great--thank you Sarah

Thanks, Sarah Fisher and Dollar General!

From a press release hot off the presses...

by Sarah Fisher on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 10:07am
Indianapolis, IN (Aug. 24, 2010)-Sarah Fisher, driver/owner of Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR), announced today that she will be sporting a new look on the rear wing of her No. 67 Dollar General Honda powered Dallara for the next two races of the IZOD IndyCar ® Series season, but for a very special reason.

In January 2010, Carey Hall, owner of Hall's Motorsports Refinishing (HMR), painter for Fisher's team in Indianapolis and fueler for SFR since its inception in 2008, was diagnosed with ALS. According tothe ALS Association, "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is aneurodegenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes degeneration throughout the brain and spinal cord. A common first symptom is a painless weakness in a hand, foot, arm or leg, which occurs in more than half of all cases. Other early symptoms include speech swallowingor walking difficulty."

Fisher hopes that by proudly displaying the Carey's Hope logo this weekend, she will raise awareness of the horrible disease and raise funds to help Carey and his family in their battle.

"Dollar General and SFR are one big team that works together and supports each other during times of need," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO. "We stand behind Carey and his family during this challenging time and are committed to helping him win his battle with this disease."

"Carey and his family are a big part of the family here at SFR," said Fisher. "We are very proud of his encouragement and dedication towards getting through this disease and the inspiration he lends to all of us every day. Not only has he been a part of our team and our family, but the family he has will always be a part of our lives. I hope we can help him in a bigger way by getting the word out there and sharing with our sport the intensity and passion the people who support it, have."

In the SFR race shop, located on the Westside of Indianapolis, ALS wristbands are seen on almost every employee. "We're behind him all the way," said Fisher's crew chief, Anton Julian. "Carey has been a vital part of this organization and we're like a big family here. We'll do anything we can to help him through this battle."

Hall resides in Greenwood, Ind. with his wife, Carla, and three sons, Christopher (20), Colin (11) and Cruz (6). Please visit www.careyshope.com to make a donation or to purchase a Carey's Hope decal, t-shirt or an ALS wristband.

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