CHARLOTTE, NC (Oct. 29, 2008) – NASCAR fans and community members came out en masse on Sept. 11 to participate in The NASCAR Foundation 3rd Annual Blood & Marrow Drive Presented by Nationwide Insurance at 30 locations across the country. A partnership between The NASCAR Foundation, Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Hendrick Marrow Program and Nationwide Foundation, the Drive has the potential to save more than 17,000 lives through blood donations and will give hope to the thousands of patients searching the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) Registry for an unrelated marrow donor.

A total of 4,147 pints of blood were collected and approximately 4,584 new members joined the NMDP Registry. There were 1,239 individuals who joined the NMDP Registry at participating locations around the country and an additional 3,345 members joined by ordering a “Do It Yourself” kit online. Funding for the online drive was made possible from a generous donation by the Nationwide Foundation and Hendrick Marrow Program.

“We are extremely excited with the amazing participation for the event this year, from both fans and our employees here at Nationwide,” said John Aman, associate vice president of strategic sponsorship at Nationwide Insurance. “This is yet another example of how NASCAR fans have such a tremendous amount of loyalty and support for not only the sport they love but for its charitable causes as well. We truly appreciate being involved in such a worthy event.”

The NASCAR Foundation Blood & Marrow Drive Presented by Nationwide Insurance helps serve a desperate need for blood donations and marrow matches – more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day and over 6,000 people are searching for an unrelated donor on any given day.

Since it began in 2006, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series two-time Champion Jimmie Johnson has served as spokesperson for the drive.

“It has been amazing to watch the blood and marrow drive grow over the past three years. The addition of over four thousand new members to the NMDP Registry this year is phenomenal,” said Johnson, co founder of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. “We are proud to support the cause and we are thrilled that so many people are involved with the drive. It’s such a simple and easy way to help save a life.”

Rounding out the national effort, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will hold its NASCAR Foundation Blood & Marrow Drive on Dec. 2. For more information or to learn more visitWWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation.

About The NASCAR Foundation

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website:www.nascar.com/foundation.

About Nationwide Insurance/Nationwide Foundation

The Nationwide Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from Nationwide companies. Founded in 1959, the Nationwide Foundation has committed more than $190 million since 2000 to help nonprofit organizations in communities where Nationwide associates and their families live and work.

Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the world, with more than $161 billion in assets. Nationwide ranks #108 on the Fortune 500 list. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

About Jimmie Johnson Foundation

Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the two-time reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Impala SS in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. The foundation has committed more than $1.7 million to various charities. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visitwww.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.

About Hendrick Marrow Program

Rick Hendrick established the Hendrick Marrow Program as a fund of The Marrow Foundation in 1997 following his diagnosis with leukemia. Although Mr. Hendrick never required a marrow transplant, he is committed to supporting the thousands of Americans who search the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry every day in hope of finding a lifesaving marrow donor. The Hendrick Marrow Program’s goals are to raise funds to support donor recruitment drives across the country and to assist patients with uninsured transplant-related expenses.

For additional information, contact:
Sarah Newman, The NASCAR Foundation, 704/348-9656 or snewman@nascarfoundation.com

Tom Sullivan, NASCAR, 704/348-9613 or tsullivan@nascar.com

Lisa Cox, Nationwide Insurance, 336/682-8488 or coxl15@nationwide.com