The first opportunity of 2007 for race fans to drive their personal vehicles around Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval will be Saturday, May 12th, as Speedway Children's Charities stages its Laps for Charity event from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Laps for Charity allows fans to drive their personal vehicles for three laps around "The Great American Speedway!" under controlled conditions. The three-lap session is provided for a $30 contribution to Speedway Children's Charities' Texas Chapter. Additional laps may be purchased. Race fans can also get their picture taken with their car in Victory Lane for an additional $10 contribution. No advance registration is required for the general public. Car clubs of 12 or more please call 817-215-8421 for more information about reserving a special time slot.

Participants in Laps for Charity must be 21 years of age or older to drive on the speedway and all passengers must be at least six years old. All participants must wear safety belts. Motorcycle riders must wear a helmet. Cash, checks and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment. Entry to the speedway infield will be through the South Tunnel between Turns 1 and 2.

Speedway Children's Charities was founded by Bruton Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. in 1984 to help children in the counties surrounding each of the SMI tracks. The charity is a non-profit foundation that distributes funds to qualified children's charities. All funds must be used to directly affect children and their needs.

Speedway Children's Charities - Texas Chapter raises much needed funds to support children's charities in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin counties. In 2006, SCC-Texas granted $501,266 to 164 different children's charities in the area surrounding Texas Motor Speedway. Since 1997, Speedway Children's Charities - Texas has raised over $4 million for children's charities.

For information, contact Speedway Children's Charities at 817-215-8421 or visit