CHAMPCAR/CART: Avantel joins Herdez Bettenhausen

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 14,2001) Herdez Bettenhausen today announced the addition of Avantel, a Mexican telecommunications company, to its team of sponsors. An associate sponsor, Avantel has made a commitment for the balance of the 2001 ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 14,2001) Herdez Bettenhausen today announced the addition of Avantel, a Mexican telecommunications company, to its team of sponsors. An associate sponsor, Avantel has made a commitment for the balance of the 2001 season, having added their logo to the colorful #16 car at the Grand Prix of Houston. Avantel Senior Manager for Trade Shows and Sponsorships Alberto Navarro said that there was high potential for the partnership to continue into the 2002 season.

Avantel is a Mexican telecommunications joint venture formed by WorldCom, a leading global data and voice services company, and Grupo Financiero Banamex-Accival, Mexico's top financial institution and is the country's leading competitive carrier. Avantel offers a full portfolio of next-generation domestic and international long-distance services - voice, data, Internet, global and value-added services to business, government and residential customers. In January 2001, Avantel launched local telephony operations for the business sector in the country's three major cities: Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara, complementing its suite of services as a fully integrated telecommunications company. Avantel's network, the largest after the incumbent's, expands over 6,300 kilometers and links 40 Mexican cities. A 1,370-kilometer extension in Southeastern Mexico, to be completed in 2001, will link Avantel's network with ARCOS-1 undersea cable system. For more info on Avantel please go to www.avantel.com.mx.

"We're excited to welcome Avantel to the Herdez Bettenhausen family," said Managing Director Keith Wiggins. "I think it is an indication of our commitment to continuing to develop new sponsorship relationships, even this late in the season. And of course, this is a great opportunity for us as a team to nurture this sponsorship for 2002 and beyond."

Avantel's logo appears on the nosecone and rear wing end-plates of the car.

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