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SAE International On-Track With Texas Motor Speedway Charity Efforts

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 4, 2005 -

The need for speed and the desire to help those in need mixed quite nicely when attendees of the 2005 SAE AeroTech Conference and Exhibition got together for a Centennial celebration at Texas Motor Speedway.

The event, held Monday evening prior to the opening of the three-day aircraft/aerospace engineering conference, began with a welcome from Speedway President Eddie Gossage and featured the remarks of Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford. The on-track activity, however, gave participants a chance both to share the thrill of riding in a stock-car as well as their concern for victims of Hurricane Rita – for every Team Texas ride purchased, SAE International agreed to donate funds to the Texas Motor Speedway’s Rita Relief efforts.

“While SAE International has an integrated plan to help victims of both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we believe it is important to act locally as well,” Raymond A. Morris, executive vice president and chief operating officer of SAE International, noted. “We are confident that Texas Motor Speedway’s efforts will target the needs of the community and are proud to help in a campaign spearheaded by one of the world’s finest racing facilities.”

The 2005 SAE AeroTech Congress & Exhibition is in progress now through Oct. 6 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine (Dallas/Ft. Worth region), Texas. Founded in New York City in 1905, SAE International’s almost 90,000 members worldwide are celebrating the organization’s Centennial throughout 2005.

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