Anaheim, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2001) -- Top racers in four professional categories of the NHRA POWERADE Drag Racing Series will compete for additional bonuses of $1,185,000 in 2002 through the POWERADE Top 10 program, which allows fans to follow POWERADE championship contenders as they pursue their respective titles. This program brings POWERADE's total payout to NHRA competitors to $3,013,750 per year, as POWERADE pays year-end bonuses totaling over $1.8 million to leading drivers in the four pro categories. In the POWERADE Top 10 program, bonuses totaling $50,000 per race are paid at each national event to drivers in the top 10 in the NHRA POWERADE Drag Racing Series point standings entering that event. The top 10 drivers entering each race in Top Fuel and Funny Car receive $2,000, and the 10 leading Pro Stock racers receive $1,000 each. Another $2,500 is paid at each of the 14 races that include Pro Stock Motorcycle racing. The top 10 riders entering each Pro Stock Motorcycle event receive $250 each.

<pre> NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Point Fund

        Total     TF      FC      PSCar   PSBike
1       1,050,000 400,000 400,000 200,000 50,000
2         265,000 100,000 100,000  50,000 15,000
3         132,500  50,000  50,000  25,000  7,500
4          81,000  30,000  30,000  15,000  6,000
5          67,500  25,000  25,000  12,500  5,000
6          54,250  20,000  20,000  10,000  4,250
7          48,750  18,000  18,000   9,000  3,750
8          46,000  17,000  17,000   8,500  3,500
9          43,250  16,000  16,000   8,000  3,250
10         40,500  15,000  15,000   7,500  3,000
Total   1,828,750 691,000 691,000 345,500 101,250

NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Ten Bonus Program

                         Total  TF      FC      PSCar   PSBike
Payout per event        52,500  20,000  20,000  10,000  2,500
# of events             83      23      23      23      14
Total Top Ten        1,185,000 460,000 460,000 230,000 35,000

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