IRL: AGR's Wheldon and sponsor offer Indy 500 fan special

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004 -- Jim Beam, the world's number-one bourbon, is offering one lucky person the opportunity to attend the Indianapolis 500 and a chance to win a $1 million grand prize if Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004 -- Jim Beam, the world's number-one bourbon, is offering one lucky person the opportunity to attend the Indianapolis 500 and a chance to win a $1 million grand prize if Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series standout Dan Wheldon wins the 88th Indianapolis 500 on May 30, as part of its Jim Beam/Indy 500 Sweepstakes.

Fans can enter the Jim Beam/Indy 500 Sweepstakes now through April 15 at www.jimbeam.com.

Jim Beam will fly the lucky fan and three guests to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch Wheldon, the 2003 IndyCar Series Bombardier Rookie of the Year, compete in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Jim Beam is a co-major sponsor of Wheldon in the IndyCar Series and an associate sponsor of his Andretti Green Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti.

"Jim Beam, the world's number-one bourbon, is proud to partner with Andretti Green Racing, Dan Wheldon and the Indy 500, the world's largest one-day sporting event, to provide someone a chance to experience the excitement first hand," said Adam Dettman, brand manager for Jim Beam. "Dan is a first-class race car driver and is sure to give the lucky fan a winning chance for the million-dollar prize. We hope to celebrate with them both in the winner's circle."

The grand prize package includes:

*Round-trip airfare for the winner and three guests to Indianapolis

*Hotel accommodations for three nights

*Ground transportation, per diem and four Indy 500 race tickets

*Chance to win $1 million

No purchase necessary. This sweepstakes is open only to U.S. residents 21 years of age or older. This sweepstakes is void where prohibited. Sweepstakes is subject to complete official rules.

Complete details can be found at www.jimbeam.com. The winner will be announced May 7.

"Competing in the Indy 500 is such an amazing experience, and this year it will be even more exciting," Wheldon said. "Jim Beam is giving one lucky fan the opportunity to attend one of the greatest races in history and the chance to win $1 million.

"There is nothing in racing that compares to the feeling you have on race morning at Indy, and for a fan to experience that and have a chance to win a million dollars is just incredible."

Jim Beam also is launching a special gift pack in February for its No. 1 selling bourbon. Consumers can look for the limited edition Indy 500 specialty gift pack at their local participating retailers. The gift pack includes a commemorative glass with the Indy 500 mark etched on it.

The winner of the Jim Beam/Indy 500 Sweepstakes, along with three guests, will arrive in Indianapolis on Carburetion Day, Thursday, May 27, the qualified drivers' final opportunity to practice before the big event, and enjoy a variety of activities leading up to Race Day. Some activities include attending the IndyCar Series drivers' meeting, the 500 Festival Parade and a meeting with the other Andretti Green Racing drivers, Kanaan, Franchitti and Bryan Herta, as well as legendary driver and team owner, Michael Andretti.

Jim Beam Brands Co. is an operating company of Jim Beam Brands Worldwide, Inc., an international distilled spirits and fine wines company that manufactures and markets more than 80 brands in 160 countries. Jim Beam Brands Worldwide, Inc. has leadership positions in bourbon, with Jim Beam® and Jim Beam® Black, the number one selling bourbon worldwide; Knob Creek® bourbon and The Small Batch Bourbon Collection®; and cordials, with DeKuyper®, the number one cordial line in the United States.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam