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EDMONTON 7/26/2009

EDMONTON (July 26, 2009) – Honda Canada today presented a cheque, prior to the start of the Rexall Edmonton Indy, in the amount of $56,021 to Wounded from donations collected at the Honda Indy Toronto and the Rexall Edmonton Indy this month.  On hand for the cheque presentation was Canadian race driver Paul Tracy who wore the Wounded logo on his race suit and the side pods of his KV Racing Technology race car.


The donations from race fans in Toronto and Edmonton were matched dollar for dollar by Honda Canada.  Wounded is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit charity that assists Canadian troops wounded overseas through a variety of programs. To date, more than $400,000 has been raised by Wounded in their effort to support injured Canadians soldiers.


“We’re pleased to match the monies raised by Canada’s race fans for Wounded,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada Inc.  “We wanted to show our support for the courageous Canadian soldiers serving overseas, and to support the Wounded cause to help fund their many programs assisting our injured soldiers and their families.”


Paul Tracy was sponsored at the Honda Indy Toronto by the Ontario Honda Dealers Association, and was sponsored at the Rexall Edmonton Indy by the Edmonton Area Honda Dealers Association.  The dealers donated the prime space on the sides of the race car and Paul Tracy’s race suit so that the Wounded logo would be prominently displayed.


Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series champion, is one of the most successful and exciting drivers in the history of open-wheel racing.  The native of Scarborough, Ontario, raced the #15 Honda Dealers – Wounded – KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone car in both Toronto and Edmonton.


“To represent Wounded has been an incredible honour for me,” said Canadian IndyCar driver Paul Tracy.  “I sincerely thank Honda’s dealers in Ontario and the Edmonton area for supporting me in the two Canadian races, and applaud them for generously offering their dominant sponsorship placement on my race suit and car to Wounded  My hat’s off to Honda Canada and its dealers for being world-class corporate citizens.”


Donations were raised through various activities in Toronto and Edmonton, such as a tire change competition and the opportunity to sign Paul’s race suit with a donation to Wounded


Captain George W. Johnston, president and founder of Wounded, said, “It really is an honour for Wounded to be selected by Honda’s dealers as the charity of choice for the Honda Indy Toronto and Rexall Edmonton Indy. This, combined with the support of a true Canadian icon and hero, Paul Tracy, has been particularly exciting.  The dollars raised in Toronto and Edmonton, and matched by Honda Canada, will go a long way to help our wounded heroes.


“While the medical care that our military members receive is second to none, when you’re wounded and away from home, a little bit of Canada goes a long way in the healing process.  This is where the work of Wounded begins. We facilitate the funding of programs that assist military members suffering from both visible and non-visible wounds.”  


About Wounded
Wounded is an independent not-for-profit charity that supports Canadian soldiers wounded overseas. It is primarily a fundraising mechanism that supports existing programs that tend to soldiers. Wounded recognizes the priority to treat visible and non-visible injuries, like that of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  In three years, Wounded has raised more than $400,000 and, as an all-volunteer organization, is able to keep its administration costs well below 5 per cent. The health of this fund is a credit to the benevolence of Canadian corporations and citizens alike.


About KV Racing Technology:
KV Racing Technology was established in 2003.  The Indianapolis-based team is contesting its seventh open-wheel season and second in the IndyCar Series in 2009.  KVRT is owned by successful venture capitalist Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996 Series Champion, Jimmy Vasser.   Veteran motorsports manager Mark Johnson is the team's General Manager. KVRT has earned two victories the first by Cristiano da Matta in Portland in 2005 and the second by Will Power at Long Beach in 2008.  They have captured two poles, Tristan Gommendy at Mont Tremblant in 2007 and Vasser at Milwaukee in 2005 (Will Power captured the pole at the 2008 Surfers Paradise, Australia exhibition race).