Racing car on view Saturday in Valley

Donations accepted for kids' kidney transplants

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2003

A NASCAR racing car will be in town Saturday, partly to promote Cellular One Alaska and partly to raise funds for two Sitka children's kidney transplants.

The 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo will be at the Nugget Mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is the car that Joe Nemechek drives in the Busch Grand National Series races. Nemechek will not be in Juneau.

The car features a double wishbone suspension, a double truck arm rear suspension and a 358-cubic-inch engine. The 550-hp car has a torque of 400 pounds at 6,000 rpm and weighs 3,490 pounds with the driver, Cellular One said.

Residents can view the car free. But Cellular One and the Children's Organ Transplant Association are accepting donations of a dollar or more for raffle tickets, with a grand prize drawing for a trip for two to the Bashas' Supermarkets 200, a NASCAR race in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 1.

The car also was displayed in Fairbanks, North Pole, the Tanana Valley and Sitka in the past two weeks. All proceeds from the Alaska donations will go to help the Swanson family of Sitka, Cellular One said.

Zachary Swanson, 12, and his brother Joseph, 4, have been diagnosed with chronic renal failure and are awaiting kidney transplants at Seattle Children's Hospital. They are the sons of Patrick and Jean Swanson of Sitka. Transplant expenses for the brothers are estimated at $150,000, Cellular One representatives said.

Cellular One is a licensed trade name of Dobson Cellular Systems, an Oklahoma City-based telecommunications provider operating in 16 states.

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