Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher will help state police protect the children of the commonwealth by officially activating the AMBER Alert Portal at Kentucky Speedway on August 14 prior to the start of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series "AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 Presented by GPS Industries." The governor also will serve as the race grand marshal and give drivers the command to start their engines.

The Portal will expand the state's current AMBER Alert program - which broadcasts messages to TV, radio and electronic highway signs - to include cell phones, email, pagers, Personal Digital Assistants, computer desktops and lottery terminals, among others. Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Oregon and Washington have implemented the new AMBER Alert Portal, making Kentucky the seventh state to go live. The Portal has already facilitated successful recoveries of kidnapped children nationwide.

"As a father and grandfather I understand how important it is to keep our children safe," Gov. Fletcher said. "I look forward to serving as grand marshal of the AMBER Alert Portal 300 race at the Kentucky Speedway and the opportunity it gives us to raise public awareness about the new AMBER Alert Portal system."

Parents also will be able to obtain a free AMBER Alert Child ID during the event. Meijer stores will sponsor ID stations that will be open on the main concourse beginning at 10:30 a.m. when the speedway gates open until 3:30 p.m. Approximately 750 IDs will be available.

The "AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 Presented by GPS Industries" will feature the top open-wheel talent in the world such as Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, rookie talent Danica Patrick, defending series champion Tony Kanaan, Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, and Ohio native Sam Hornish, Jr., and two-time Kentucky Speedway race winner Buddy Lazier, the 1996 Indianapolis 500 and series champion.

The fourth of five event weekends at the speedway begins on Saturday, August 13, with "The Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Day." Speedway gates open at 10:00 AM, and the full day of activity includes four IndyCar Series practice sessions, IndyCar Series qualifying and "The Bluegrass 100" Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series race.

The all open-wheel weekend continues on August 14 when gates open at 10:30 AM with the final IndyCar Series practice. Country music trio SHeDAISY will take the WUBE-FM B-105 Country Sound Stage at 1:00 PM, and the "AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 Presented by GPS Industries" field will take the green flag at 3:45 PM.

Tickets for both race events are still available and can be purchased online through http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com or http://www.tickets.com. Tickets also can be reserved by phone at 888-652-RACE, through Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores and through Kentucky Speedway ticket offices located at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, in Ft. Mitchell or the Fan Center located outside the speedway.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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