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(DAVIE, Fla.) Aug. 29, 2003, It was announced today that The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will be recognized by The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and as such be afforded internal and external marketing and media support.

Created in 2002, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses. To expedite specific cures, the Foundation assists in the funding of targeted research.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is presided by Darrell Gwynn, owner of the New York Yankees/Berryman Products sponsored NHRA POWERade Series Top Fuel dragster driven by Cory McClenathan. The 1983 NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster world champion, Gwynn was a leading Top Fuel dragster driver prior to sustaining career-ending injuries. On Easter Sunday 1990, Gwynn's Top Fuel dragster broke apart in a violent fireball at more than 200 mph during an exhibition run in England. He suffered a broken neck, lost his lower left arm, and retained only limited use of his right arm. A spinal cord injury suffered in the crash left Gwynn a quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair.

Since 1989, and preceding the spinal cord injury which ended his stellar driving career, Gwynn has been an active fundraiser and supporter of spinal cord injury research. To date, he and his organization have raised the majority of $1 million for spinal cord research, as well as providing educational initiatives and direct assistance to those affected by spinal cord injuries.

One such program, a national wheelchair giveaway initiative involving the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and the Quickie wheelchair brand of Sunrise Medical, awards financially challenged spinal cord injured youths with a free, custom motorized Quickie wheelchair valued at more than $10,000. The program also includes motivational and educational speaking engagements by Gwynn and Sunrise Medical representatives at leading U.S. rehabilitation facilities. Each wheelchair presentation culminates in a V.I.P. trackside visit by the wheelchair recipient and their families to the Darrell Gwynn Racing team during an NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national event, co-hosted by the NHRA.

"My racing career has always been synonymous with the National Hot Rod Association," said Gwynn. "We have enjoyed NHRA's generous assistance in the trackside elements of our charitable activities for several years. Now, to have them acknowledge and embrace the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and its mission is particularly gratifying."

The NHRA will provide support to the foundation through marketing and media platforms, both on-site and through NHRA.COM and National Dragster.

"The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has raised money and provided much needed assistance to those affected by spinal cord injuries," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "We are proud to lend our support to this very worthy cause."

For more information on the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, please visit its website at www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org.