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Indy 500 Driver to Support Girl Scouts This Weekend

Sarah Fisher's Indy 500 car to feature Girl Scout service mark on wing for "Girls Go Tech" campaign.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 21, 2003

CONTACT:
Girl Scouts of the USA
Marion Swan
(212) 852-8012
mswan@girlscouts.org
Ellen Christie Ach
(212) 852-6570
echristieach@girlscouts.org

Lou Ann Baker
Dreyer and Reinbold Racing
(317) 513-1284
louann@protential.net

Indianapolis, IN—If anyone thinks the two-and-a-half-mile oval track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is no place for a girl, race car driver Sarah Fisher begs to differ—and so do Girl Scouts!

When Sarah races the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, her car's wing and her driver's suit will sport the Girl Scout service mark, she announced today during Indy 500 Festival Community Day festivities. The Girl Scout service mark will remain on the car for the entire 2003 Indy Racing League season to support the Girl Scouts' new Girls Go Tech campaign.

"I've always loved all aspects of racing, especially driving and engineering, so it's great to support a campaign that encourages girls to find out what engineering is really all about," said Sarah. "With Girls Go Tech, Girl Scouts of the USA helps millions of girls develop and follow through on their interests in engineering, math, science, and technology."

Studies by the Girl Scout Research Institute show that girls tend to make career choices based on their role models rather than their academic interests. "Having a cool role model like Sarah Fisher may help girls see that they can persevere in nontraditional fields like engineering," says Jackie Barnes, Interim CEO for Girl Scouts of the USA. "Partnering with Sarah for the immensely popular Indy 500 race and the rest of the Indy Racing League season is a powerful way for Girl Scouts to encourage girls to succeed in any career that interests them."

"Sarah's aptitudes for math and science provide her with a positive incentive to reach out to young girls and encourage them to become involved," said Dennis Reinbold, team co-owner of Dreyer and Reinbold Racing. "Hopefully, girls can look to Sarah's success as an example of achieving her dreams with hard work and determination. As a team, we're proud to be affiliated with a national icon such as Girl Scouts, and to carry their message wherever we race."

GMAC, Chevrolet, AOL Broadband, and Raybestos are the official sponsors of the car owned by Dreyer and Reinbold that Sarah will race this Sunday.

Girl Scouts of the USA has been helping girls break career barriers since encouraging girls to consider becoming professional aviators back in 1913. Today's Girl Scouts can earn over 90 awards that focus on science, math, engineering, and technology. The goal of the "Girls Go Tech" campaign, launched this year with award-winning PSAs from the Ad Council, is to make adults, educational leaders, corporations, organizations, legislators, and the media aware that they can help foster girls' interests in math, science, and technology. The ultimate result will be increasing opportunities for the women of tomorrow and a bright economic future of the nation.

At 22, Sarah Fisher already has multiple on-track achievements. She was the youngest driver in Indy Racing League history when she made her debut at 19 in 1999, and she was only the third woman ever to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 2000. In 2002, she became the fastest woman ever to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. In that same year she also became the first woman in North American motor sports history to qualify on the pole for a major league open-wheel race at Kentucky Speedway. When not racing, Sarah is studying for a college degree in engineering. She also has conducted Firestone Car Care clinics for Girl Scouts working on their Car Care badge, which is one of the more popular badges for girls ages 8–11.

About Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent organization for girls, and has more than 3.8 million girl and adult members. Now in its 91nd year, Girl Scouting cultivates values, social conscience, and self-esteem in girls, while teaching them critical life skills to later succeed as adults. In Girl Scouting's special girls-only environment, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. To volunteer your time or make a donation, call 1 (800) GSUSA 4 U. Visit us at www.girlscouts.org.

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