New sponsor for series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MCI JOINS THE KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP AS OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS SPONSOR HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (Sept. 6) -- MCI, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing diversified communications companies, has...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MCI JOINS THE KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP AS OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS SPONSOR

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (Sept. 6) -- MCI, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing diversified communications companies, has been named the "Official Communications Company" of the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship, announced Vicki O’Connor, president of Pro-Motion Agency, Ltd., the company which administers the Atlantic series. Part of MCI’s sponsorship includes the "MCI Fast Pace Award" contingency award, where the driver with the fastest lap at receives a $1,000 bonus at each race. The award began at the Molson Indy Toronto, and continues through the season finale at Laguna Seca on Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997. Award recipients to date include Alexandre Tagliani at Toronto, and Alex Barron at Trois-Rivieres, Mid-Ohio, and Road America. "The addition of MCI to the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship is a great bonus to the series and its drivers," said O’Connor. "MCI is well known as a leader in the telecommunications industry and the series is proud that it is now also a part of the Atlantic championship." "MCI is proud to be a sponsor of the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship," said Andy Deas, general manager of MCI Racing. "This development series is very competitive, and MCI is no stranger to competition." MCI Racing is a group within MCI, which spearheads all of MCI's motorsport initiatives including the CART, Indy Lights, NASCAR, Arciero Wells/MCI Racing Team, the MCI Toyota Atlantic Team, the MCI Toyota Off-Road Truck Team and the Historic Sportcar Racing sponsorships. MCI Racing is primed to bring auto racing fans closer to their sport while promoting the MCI brand and its family of integrated products and services. MCI, headquartered in Washington, D.C., offers the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of communication services. With 1996 revenues of $18.5 billion, MCI ranks as one of the world's largest telecommunications companies. MCI is also the world's third largest carrier of international voice traffic and operates one of the world's most advanced Internet networks. Since its founding in 1968 MCI has been a leader in bringing the benefits of long distance competition to businesses and consumers and is now leading the charge to open U. S. local calling markets to competition. By the end of this year MCI plans to merge with BT to form Concert, the world's first global communications company.

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