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MAY 2007

Caterpillar donates Chopper for seriously ill children

The Victory Junction gang with Kyle and Pattie Petty and CAT Chopper. Front row, from left to right: Will Cheese Kwapil, Sam and Joe Dunn, Austin Hutchinson. Back row, left to right: Kyle Petty, Patty Petty, Jay Alexander, Caterpillar Senior Marketing Manager North American Commercial Division, and Jim Brophy, manager of the Caterpillar Sanford plant.

Caterpillar donated a CAT Chopper to the Victory Junction Gang Camp for seriously ill children. The charitable organization was founded and is supported by the Petty family of NASCAR racing fame, and the plan is to use the motorcycle to raise funds for the camp.

The stated mission of the Victory Junction Gang Camp is to enrich the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment.

The camp operates solely on donations and offers a unique opportunity for children whose medical needs keep them from attending standard camps.

The camp features a NASCAR racing theme, and it has been strongly supported by the NASCAR community. Caterpillar is now in its 14th season of NASCAR participation as a sponsor—starting in 1993 as an associate sponsor of Kyle Petty’s #42 Pontiac in what was then the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Of course Caterpillar now is the primary sponsor of the #22 car driven by Dave Blaney in the Nextel Cup Series.

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