[Nfbnet-members-list] Important Information for Rolex 24 Attendees

Riccobono, Mark MRiccobono at nfb.org
Fri Jan 21 17:07:30 UTC 2011

The following message is for NFB members 
attending the Rolex 24 At Daytona.  Subsequent 
e-mails will include information for those who 
cannot attend about how to listen and/or watch the event over the Internet.


Dear Rolex 24 At Daytona Attendees:

In just a few short days you will be attending 
the world debut of our prototype nonvisual 
interface that will  make it possible for a blind 
person to drive a car independently.  Over three 
hundred and fifty members of the National 
Federation of the Blind will gather with tens of 
thousands of race fans to witness this historic 
demonstration before the start of the Rolex 24 At 
Daytona!  Below are some important details for 
attendees of this momentous event .

Friday, January 28

    * At 7:30 p.m., NFB members are invited to 
attend the Blind Driver Challenge™ Kick-off 
Rally. It will be held in the main ballroom of 
the Plaza Ocean Club Hotel.  NOTE: The official 
Blind Driver Challenge™ polo shirts will be 
distributed at this kick-off rally.  You will be 
encouraged to wear these shirts on Saturday, 
January 29, so please be sure to pick yours up!
Saturday, January 29

    * At 8:15 a.m., buses will depart for Daytona 
International Speedway.  IMPORTANT NOTE: If you 
plan to ride one of the buses to the  />Speedway, 
please have your Rolex 24 admission ticket handy 
as you board the bus.  We will be checking to 
make sure everyone has purchased a ticket prior to boarding.
    * At 9:00 a.m., NFB members will arrive at 
the NFB Grandstands section of the Daytona International Speedway.
    * At 11:35 a.m., the Blind Driver Challenge™ 
vehicle will begin to traverse the Daytona International Speedway race track.
    * At 12:30 p.m., the official Press 
Conference will begin in the Driver's Meeting 
Room.  All NFB members are encouraged to attend.
    * At 3:30 p.m., the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona begins.
    * On the top of every hour between 2:00 and 
6:00 p.m., buses will depart for the hotels.  The 
bus pick-up area will be outside the Sprint FANZONE.
    * At 6:30 p.m., NFB members are invited to 
attend the NFB Blind Driver Challenge™ 
Celebration!  Pizza, salad, and dessert will be 
served and a cash bar will be open.

    * The SUGGESTED DRESS CODE for Saturday, January 29, is as follows:
All NFB members are encouraged to wear the 
official Blind Driver Challenge™ polo shirt that 
will be handed out at the rally on Friday 
evening.  The polo shirt is purple with white 
racing stripes.  Since NFB members are strongly 
encouraged to attend the press conference and may 
be interviewed by members of the press, you are 
thus encouraged to dress in attire that will 
reflect the professionalism and the integrity of 
the organization as well as the import of the event.

In the event that the weather is too cold or 
otherwise unsuitable for the official Blind 
Driver Challenge™ polo shirt, NFB members are 
encouraged to wear business casual but weather-appropriate attire.

    * All members and friends on Twitter, follow 
to get the up-to-date information on the Blind 
Driver Challenge™.  Remember to use the hash tag 
#nfbbdc when you are tweeting about the National 
Federation of the Blind Blind Driver Challenge™.
    * You can also stay up-to-date with the Blind 
Driver Challenge™ by becoming a fan of our 
Facebook page!  Visit this link to become a fan: 

Let's make history,

Mark Riccobono

P.S. It takes one text! You and your colleagues 
can support the programs of the National 
Federation of the Blind by making a $10 donation 
by texting the word DRIVE to 85944.

Mark A. Riccobono, M.S.ed

Executive Director, Jernigan Institute


200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place

Baltimore, Maryland   21230

Phone: (410) 659-9314 ext. 2357

Fax: (410) 659-5129

Email: <mailto:mriccobono at nfb.org>mriccobono at nfb.org

Web: <http://www.nfb.org/>www.nfb.org

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