CONCORD, N.C., May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- He may hail from the land down under, but this Sunday Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 DEWALT Racing Ford, will be racing to make special children feel on top of the world. As a part of the continued "Racing for a Miracle" program, if Ambrose takes his first oval checkered, Stanley and DEWALT will donate $1 million to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through the Ace Hardware Foundation to benefit sick and injured children. New this year, if Ambrose and his Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) team finish second or third, Stanley and DEWALT, through the Ace Hardware Foundation, will donate $500,000 and $250,000 respectively.
The opportunity for Ambrose to race for an additional donation continues to prove the dedication that Stanley, DEWALT and the Ace Hardware Foundation have towards the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and the "Racing for a Miracle" program. As in years past, Stanley and DEWALT have already pledged $100,000 to the program this year. It brings the total to over half a million dollars since the program's inception.
Ambrose, who is eagerly awaiting his first oval win, feels that there is no better place to "Race for a Miracle" than the "Monster Mile." His at-track statistics show that he will again be a contender and can easily bring in an additional donation. He has a third-place finish along with two other top-10 finishes at the one-mile track. He knows there is no better time to break through to victory on an oval.
"There would be nothing more special than to win my first oval event and have $1 million donated to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through Stanley, DEWALT and the Ace Hardware Foundation," said Marcos Ambrose. "I'm not sure who would be more excited, but I do know though it would mean more to me to help the kids of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. I am living my dream each week and we're hoping we can make some children's dreams come true at Dover. I can't thank Stanley, DEWALT and Ace enough for allowing our team to race for this opportunity."
Stanley, DEWALT, the Ace Hardware Foundation, Ambrose and the No. 9 RPM team will not only race for a miracle, but also take part in various activities leading into the race weekend. Thursday morning, the team will be guests of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the area's local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. While there, Ambrose and the team will visit the children and give them an inside look at the DEWALT race team, including pit stop demonstrations.
On Friday, Ambrose will join his teammate Aric Almirola and owner "The King" Richard Petty as they, along with representatives from Stanley and DEWALT present the $100,000 donation to the Ace Hardware Foundation and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Included in the check presentation, Ambrose, Almirola and Petty will unveil a special paint scheme that will run this weekend on the No. 9 Ford Fusion. The special scheme includes four very special children who will also serve as "Honorary Crew Members" of the No. 9 team throughout the weekend. Ambrose, Almirola and Petty will also sign autographs for fans by the car in front of "Miles the Monster" monument.
"We want to continue to grow the 'Racing for a Miracle' program each year," commented Tony Merritt, Director of Motorsports for Stanley Black and Decker. "These children really inspire all of us, and the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals are doing tremendous things on a daily basis. We hope that Marcos and his DEWALT race team can do something pretty special for them this weekend."
For more information on the "Racing for a Miracle" program, including more ways to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, visit www.stanleymotorsports.com
About Richard Petty Motorsports:
A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneurs Andrew Murstein and Douglas Bergeron, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force and STP and Marcos Ambrose drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners Stanley and DEWALT. In addition, Michael Annett wheels the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team is headquartered in Concord, N.C.
About Stanley Black & Decker
Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions and electronic security solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. The company's Stanley Healthcare Solutions division is the North American leader in Infant Security, with its Hugs(TM) Infant Protection System. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.
About the Ace Foundation
As the official charitable division of Ace Hardware Corporation, the Ace Hardware Foundation helps enhance the vision of being the "Helpful Place" in local communities across the country and around the globe through charitable giving. The Ace Foundation provides support and philanthropic opportunities to its consumers, retail store owners, vendors and team members to give back to local communities through fundraising efforts for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
About Ace Hardware
For nearly 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the helpful hardware store in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. With more than 4,600 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.acehardware.com.