Michelin helps Special Olympics at Road Atlanta

ALMS drivers and teams look to win Michelin Man Bobbleheads; Special Olympics becomes big winner. (Braselton, GA)---Michelin teams rarely "bobble" as shown by their sweep of the top ten finishes and victories in all four classes at the recent ...

ALMS drivers and teams look to win Michelin Man Bobbleheads; Special Olympics becomes big winner.

(Braselton, GA)---Michelin teams rarely "bobble" as shown by their sweep of the top ten finishes and victories in all four classes at the recent running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Still, Michelin drivers can be forgiven if they become overly enthusiastic at this weekend's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta ALMS race. In addition to the usual prize money, trophies and points, Michelin teams will be competing for a very special additional prize, Michelin ManTM "bobbleheads".

Standing more than 7" tall and weighing nearly one pound, the handsome bobbleheads, which debuted at the prestigious North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past January, are currently featured in Michelin national television ads.

The bobblehead television ads help draw attention to the outstanding stability and ride qualities of Michelin's award winning SUV and light truck products. They also serve another purpose. Michelin is currently donating $5 of the proceeds from each bobblehead sale to Special Olympics, with a guaranteed pledge of $250,000.

So, at Road Atlanta, each Michelin driver finishing on the podium will receive a bobblehead doll from the Michelin Man, officially known as "Mr. Bibendum®". The Special Olympics will also win, receiving $5,000 in the name of Michelin and each of Bibendum's class winning teams.

Fans can also win bobbleheads by e-mailing answers to Bibendum trivia questions to the radio@imsaracing.net the American LeMans Series Radio Web.

Michelin Man bobbleheads are available for purchase via www.michelinman.com.

Michelin manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides, maps and atlases covering Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America Inc. (www.michelinman.com) employs 24,640 and operates 22 plants in 18 locations.

About Special Olympics Special Olympics is an international year-round program of sports training and competition for individuals with mental retardation. More than one million athletes in over 150 countries train and compete in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with mental retardation continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their families and community. Athletes and their families are not charged a fee to participate in Special Olympics. Visit Special Olympics online at www.specialolympics.org.

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