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June 24, 2008 2:24 PM

19-Year-Old NASCAR Rising Star Colin Braun Supports Driving Skills for Life, Promotes Teen Safety

DEARBORN, Mich., June 18, 2008 - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Colin Braun, a rising star in motorsports at age 19, has teamed up with Ford's Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program and will offer safe driving tips for California teenagers. 

Vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens, claiming the lives of nearly 6,000 annually.

Braun, a top-ranked rookie in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driving the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 for Roush Fenway Racing, knows the importance of mastering safe driving skills, on and off the track, and is sharing his knowledge with his fellow teens. 

He will be in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday, June 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hollywood Park 1050 South Prairie Avenue (between Gate 2 & Gate 3) in Inglewood, California, to speak to the media about safe driving for teens and give demonstrations in a specially-equipped Mustang skid car.  Professional driving instructors will also be onsite to offer advice and demonstrations.  Members of the media - and their teen sons and daughters - are encouraged to participate. 

Braun's appearance occurs a day before the start of the DSFL California Summer Camp, a series of teen driving clinics to be held in Indio, Wednesday and Thursday, June 25-26.  Teens will receive hands-on training from some of the nation's top professional driving instructors.

The national award winning DSFL program is collaborative effort between Ford Motor Company Fund - the company's philanthropic arm - and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).  The program strives to lower the number of teen automobile crash fatalities and helps newly licensed drivers develop skills beyond what they learn in driver education programs. It is one of the most comprehensive teen driver safety programs in the nation.

Studies demonstrate that teen crash rates decline considerably as young drivers gain experience behind the wheel.  Learning how to be a safe driver goes beyond taking a basic driver education course.  Teens need time behind the wheel to gain experience. They also need to learn some fundamental techniques.  DSFL is a FREE program that helps young drivers improve their skills in four key areas that are critical factors in more than 60 percent of teen vehicle crashes: Hazard Recognition, Vehicle Handling, Space Management, and Speed Management.

For more information about the Driving Skills for Life program or to register for the DSFL Summer Camp, please visit www.drivingskillsforlife.com or call 1-888-987-8765.  To learn more about Colin Braun, please visit www.colinbraun.com

About Driving Skills For Life

Driving Skills for Life is the nation's most comprehensive teen driver safety program and has reached more than 7 million teens, parents and educators since its inception in 2003.  It's interactive Web site, www.drivingskillsforlife.com, drew nearly 300,000 visitors in 2007.  Teens can go online for training and become eligible for prizes, parents can gain valuable tips in guiding their teens, and educators can download materials - available in English and Spanish - for lesson plans. 

In addition, Driving Skills for Life conducts hands-on driving events across the country, sponsors in-school and community programs, provides educator packets and more. These programs are provided at no cost.

Driving Skills for Life is the only teen driving program co-developed and endorsed by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services is committed to creating opportunities that promote corporate citizenship, philanthropy, volunteerism and cultural diversity for those who live in the communities where Ford does business.  Established in 1949 and made possible by Ford Motor Company profits, Ford Motor Company Fund supports initiatives and institutions that foster innovative education, auto-related safety, and American heritage and legacy.  National programs include Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies, which provides high school students with academically rigorous 21st century learning experiences, and Driving Skills for Life, a teen-focused auto safety initiative.  The Ford Volunteer Corps, established in 2005, continues Ford's legacy of caring worldwide.  Through the Volunteer Corps, salaried employees, union members, retirees and their families participate in a wide range of volunteer projects in their communities.

For more information on programs made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, visit www.ford.com.

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