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Victory Junction Gang Camp to Benefit from eBay Auction

Submitted by: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Jun 08, 2004 – 12:00 AM EST


Darrell Waltrip's Toyota Tundra Highlights Auction Package

Jun. 08 /CSRwire/ - TORRANCE, Calif.--Three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip's Toyota Tundra pickup truck, an exclusive VIP trip to the Toyota Tundra 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race Aug. 14 in Nashville, a "Do-It-Yourself" Dream Garage of more than 500 Craftsman tools and a $1,000 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shops will go to the highest bidder in an online eBay charity auction hosted by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS).

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the winner's bid will go to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a retreat for children living with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, established by Kyle and Pattie Petty. More information on the charity auction on eBay can be found at, with the online auction running June 14-24. The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a designated charity of NASCAR.

Highlighting the auction package is Waltrip's 2004 phantom gray pearl Toyota Tundra Double Cab with less than 1,000 miles on it. This Limited 4x4 model is loaded with features including a 240-horsepower i-FORCE V8 engine, automatic transmission, air conditioning, oak leather seats, a six-disc CD changer, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, moonroof and the TRD Off-Road Package. When new, it carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price of about $39,227.00.

"It's time for me to get a new Toyota hot rod and if this helps raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, I'm all for it," Waltrip said. "Kyle and Pattie Petty have worked extremely hard to make the camp a reality and I'm proud DW and Toyota are able to help. I even promise to get the ding in the driver's door fixed."

Along with Waltrip's Tundra, the highest bidder will be treated to an unforgettable weekend at the Toyota Tundra 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, August 12-15. The package includes first-class roundtrip airfare and three nights of luxury hotel accommodations for two in Nashville. Before the start of the race, Waltrip will personally present the keys of the Tundra to the highest bidder. The VIP package also includes:

  • Two suite tickets to the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway August 14.
  • Chauffeured transportation -- in a one-of-a-kind Toyota Tundra limousine -- to and from the racetrack and to and from the airport in Nashville.
  • Craftsman-sponsored VIP tour of Nashville Superspeedway, including the garage area and "Victory Lane."
  • Craftsman "Do-It-Yourself" Dream Garage featuring more than 500 tools and the tool chests to hold them.
  • $1,000 Bass Pro Shops gift certificate.
  • Autographed photo with Darrell Waltrip.
"Toyota has a strong commitment to charitable organizations and this auction is an opportunity to combine that dedication to charity with the inaugural season of the Toyota Tundra participating in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series," said Les Unger, TMS national motorsports manager. "The Victory Junction Gang Camp is an extremely worthwhile charity and having Darrell Waltrip involved makes it even more special."

Waltrip, the winner of 84 NASCAR races during his career, is a commentator for NASCAR races broadcast by Fox television, as well as a race team owner. His team, Darrell Waltrip Motorsports, fields the No. 17 Toyota Tundra of rookie driver David Reutimann in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Later this season, Waltrip will return to the driver's seat when he races a Tundra in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races in Indianapolis (Aug. 6) and Martinsville, Va. (Oct. 23).

The Victory Junction Gang Camp, located in Randleman, N.C., is a retreat for chronically ill children and their families. It was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty to honor their son Adam, who died tragically in an accident at the track in May 2000. The goal of the Victory Junction Gang Camp is to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. Activities at the camp include boating, fishing, swimming, arts and crafts, and horseback riding.

"I can't wait until June 20th when we welcome our first group of campers to the Victory Junction Gang Camp," said Kyle Petty. "Seeing all those happy faces will be a reminder that this is just a beginning and that there are thousands of kids we want to help. I want to thank DW and Toyota for supporting these efforts."

Bidding opens June 14 at and runs through June 24. All bidders will be required to pre-qualify for the auction. To find out more, you can also go to

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion in the United States, marketing products and services through a network of 1,415 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers in 49 states. Established in 1957, TMS and its subsidiaries also are involved in distribution logistics, motorsports, R&D and general aviation. The company's main Web site is


NOTE TO EDITORS: High-resolution digital images of Darrell and his Tundra are available for EDITORIAL USE ONLY at B-roll of DW and his Tundra
available through the following contacts:

Diana DeJoseph
Toyota Motorsports

Marc Spiegel
Toyota Motorsports

Liv Eisaman
Saatchi & Saatchi

For more information, please contact:

Diana DeJoseph Toyota Motorsports
Phone: 310-468-4751
Marc Spiegel Toyota Motorsports
Phone: 414-559-7700


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