CarsDirect.com winner to be determined at Las Vegas

Los Angeles, January 3, 2001 -- CarsDirect.com, the leading direct online automotive provider, has announced the 15 finalists of the company's "Drive Like the King" Sweepstakes. In celebration of the CarsDirect.com 400 at Las Vegas Motor...

Los Angeles, January 3, 2001 -- CarsDirect.com, the leading direct online automotive provider, has announced the 15 finalists of the company's "Drive Like the King" Sweepstakes.

In celebration of the CarsDirect.com 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, 2000, race fans were invited to go online to the CarsDirect.com website to register to win an expense-paid trip to attend the Richard Petty Driving Experience school in Las Vegas and meet The King, Richard Petty. Over 50,000 racing enthusiasts entered the sweepstakes.

The yearlong promotion culminates January 25-27, 2001 in Las Vegas where the contest winners will attend a full day of instruction and track time from the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Richard Petty will be on hand to meet the contest winners, as well as draw the grand prize winner's name out of his famed cowboy hat. That grand prize winner will receive an actual Richard Petty Driving Experience stock car.

"As the title sponsor of the Las Vegas Winston Cup event in 2000, we developed this yearlong promotion to bring the fans back to one of the most exciting cities in the country, as well as meet one of the all time greatest drivers in NASCAR history, Richard Petty," said Chuck Hoover, vice president of marketing at CarsDirect.com. "We're pleased to work with the Richard Petty Driving Experience on this great promotion to bring these winners in for a fun-filled couple of days."

"We're excited about one of the 15 finalists winning one of our Driving Experience stock cars," stated Richard Petty. "The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a great venue to get these fans out on the track to try their hand at driving. One lucky contestant will drive away in one of our very special driving experience cars."

Contest winners include: Steve Pharr, Pekin, IL; Noel E. Kester, Flint, MI; Alan J. Pinkstaff, Ballwin, MO; Alicia D. Gilreath, Newport News, VA; Janet Taylor, Hot Springs, AR; James Herndon, Las Vegas, NV; Mark Brossette, Pineville, LA; Blain Tozier, Tenant's Harbor, ME; John Albino, Bethesda, MD; Timothy Noon, Bismark, ND; Roy Tesch, Opelika, AL; Damon Watson, San Francisco, CA; Vicki Kinman, Rocklin, CA; Nick Bagley, Brooklyn, NY and Keith Olbricht, Berryville, AR.

-Wendy Barbour

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