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NAPA AUTO PARTS TO SPONSOR SEBRING OCTOBERFEST

NAPA AUTO PARTS TO SPONSOR SEBRING OCTOBERFEST 25 September, 1997 SEBRING, Fla. (September 25, 1997) -- Sebring International Raceway officials today announced NAPA Auto Parts has become the title sponsor for this Fall's FIA GT Championship...

NAPA AUTO PARTS TO SPONSOR SEBRING OCTOBERFEST

25 September, 1997

SEBRING, Fla. (September 25, 1997) -- Sebring International Raceway officials today announced NAPA Auto Parts has become the title sponsor for this Fall's FIA GT Championship event.

The NAPA Auto Parts Sebring Octoberfest is scheduled for October 15 -18, at Sebring International Raceway and will spotlight the world's greatest sports cars and drivers competing on the historic 3.71-mile road course.

The feature race of the event is round ten of the FIA GT Championship, an 11-race world championship for exotic GT race cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, Porsche 911 GT1, BMW-McLaren F1 GTR and Dodge Viper GTS-R.

Also on the NAPA Auto Parts Sebring Octoberfest race schedule are Professional SportsCar Racing's (SportsCar) Exxon World SportsCar Championship, Exxon Supreme GT Series presented by Virgin Interactive, SPEEDVISION Cup and Black Magic Pro Series.

"NAPA is excited to be part of this very special weekend of sports car racing. With the addition of the FIA GT cars from Europe we think race fans will see one of America's premier motorsports events," said Emmett Byrd, manager of communications programs for NAPA Auto Parts. "Sebring has a storied history and tradition and it is a privilege to be part of this inaugural event."

"We welcome NAPA Auto Parts involvement with Sebring Octoberfest and look forward to sustaining a relationship that benefits everyone," said Tres Stephenson, executive raceway director for Sebring International Raceway. "As we continue to improve the fan experience at Sebring it is important to have partners like NAPA Auto Parts who care so much about the sport and its fans."

NAPA Auto Parts is extensively involved in motor sports and was the title sponsor of this season's SportsCar event at Road Atlanta.

Several spectator improvements have been made at Sebring in recent months, including fan-friendly reserved grandstand seats along the start/finish area, directly across from pit lane. If purchased by October 10th, these reserved seats are $50.00 for Saturday-only and $60.00 for all four days. General admission tickets good for all four days are $50.00 and Saturday-only general admission tickets are $40.00 in advance. Advance price reflects a $10.00 discount available through October 10th. Children 12 and under are free. All tickets include general admission and access to the paddock, midway and entertainment areas. NAPA Auto Parts Sebring Octoberfest tickets are available through Ticketmaster or the Sebring ticket office: toll free 1-800-626-RACE (Florida only) or (941) 655-1442.

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