Carsdirect.com announces winner

Los Angeles (January 29, 2001) -- CarsDirect.com, the leading direct online automotive provider, today announced Alan Pinkstaff of St. Louis, Mo. is the grand prize winner of CarsDirect.com's "Drive Like the King" Sweepstakes. Racing legend...

Los Angeles (January 29, 2001) -- CarsDirect.com, the leading direct online automotive provider, today announced Alan Pinkstaff of St. Louis, Mo. is the grand prize winner of CarsDirect.com's "Drive Like the King" Sweepstakes. Racing legend Richard Petty drew Pinkstaff's name out of his famed cowboy hat to win a Richard Petty Driving Experience stock car. The prize Pontiac Grand Prix stock car has more than 600 horsepower and a top speed of 140MPH.

The yearlong promotion, which kicked-off at the CarsDirect.com 400 Winston Cup race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, 2000, invited race fans to register to win an expense-paid trip to Las Vegas to attend the Richard Petty Driving Experience School and meet the king of stock car racing, Richard Petty.

Fifteen winners, selected from more than 50,000 entries, came to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, January 26, 2001 for the racing fan's ultimate weekend. This included a full day of behind the wheel racing instruction, a Q&A session with Richard Petty, and most importantly, a chance to win the grand prize -- a Richard Petty Driving Experience stock car of their own.

Pinkstaff, who is a 57-year old president of an electronic debugging company, plans to showcase the car in the St. Louis Car Museum that a friend owns. In addition to being the proud owner of Richard Petty Driving Experience stock car, Pinkstaff is a long-time Corvette enthusiast and currently owns a 1989 Corvette Roadster.

"The response we've seen surrounding this promotion has been amazing; more than 50,000 stock car enthusiasts went to CarsDirect.com and registered for the sweepstakes," said Chuck Hoover, vice president of marketing at CarsDirect.com. "This yearlong promotion concludes with 15 winners having a phenomenal time learning how to drive like a professional and getting the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet The King, Richard Petty. But, what really tops off this program is Alan Pinkstaff taking home one of the Richard Petty Driving Experience stock cars. "

"It's rewarding to see a devoted fan, thanks to CarsDirect.com, take home one of our Driving Experience stock cars," added Richard Petty. "Giving away a stock car is really the perfect way to end this past race season with CarsDirect.com. The sport is really about the fans and CarsDirect.com has made the sport come alive for a handful of them here at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway."

About CarsDirect.com CarsDirect.com (http://www.carsdirect.com) is a leading direct online provider of new automobiles and related products and services, such as loan and lease financing and extended warranties. CarsDirect.com allows consumers to research, price, configure, order, purchase and finance a vehicle online. The company's user-friendly, intuitive Web site offers consumers product information for nearly every make, model and style of new automobile available in the United States today, as well as the ability to simultaneously compare the specifications of competing vehicles. CarsDirect.com offers an online shopping experience that features competitive, up-front, no-haggle pricing on new vehicles. The company sources vehicles through a priority dealer network of more than 2,500 automotive dealer franchises nationwide.

-Marcy Scott

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