IRL: Indy 500: Greg Ray/Access Motorsports announce sponsors

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (May 27, 2004)- Access Motorsports announced today that Rent- A-Center, Eufora MasterCard and University Loft Co. have signed a one race agreement for the 2004 Indianapolis 500 with the ...

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (May 27, 2004)- Access Motorsports announced today that Rent- A-Center, Eufora MasterCard and University Loft Co. have signed a one race agreement for the 2004 Indianapolis 500 with the # 13 Access Motorsports Honda / G Force / Firestone/Renovac Entry driven by Greg Ray.

The new paint scheme of the car will be unveiled on Thursday, May 27th (Carburetion Day), as Ray takes to the track for final practice prior to the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Despite his lack of practice for this year's Indy 500, Ray's performance has been impressive. The 1999 IRL champion and 2000 Indy 500 pole sitter qualified 27th at a speed of 216.6 MPH after having completed only six hot laps in the entire month of May leading up to qualifying. Ray has started from the front row four times and has led 166 laps in previous Indy 500s. Ray was the fastest qualifier on Sunday. "We know our awesome Honda Power, along with our G-force chassis and Firestone tires will be ready to race on Sunday", said Ray. "We are very excited about Rent-A- Center, Eufora MasterCard and University Loft's participation with our team for this year's running of the Indy 500".

Ray has been working with the motorsport marketing firm TCR to secure sponsorship for the team's short term and long term success. "We have been working diligently for several months to identify and pursue every opportunity available in motorsport for our clients", said TCR CEO Tommy Constantine. "This was a unique opportunity for our clients to experience American open wheel racing in its highest form. Our plan going forward is to evaluate the landscape of motorsport globally with a view towards 2005".

Rent-A-Center, which is in the Title Partnership position with Ray's Team for this year's Indy 500, is also involved in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series with the Woods Brothers entry driven by Ricky Rudd. "It's a pleasure to be participating in a race as prestigious as the Indianapolis 500," said Rent- A-Center Chairman and CEO Mark Speese. "It gives our Company increased visibility with racing fans at this 93-year-old race."

Eufora MasterCard and Indianapolis based University Loft Co. will also appear as associate sponsors on the #13 car for this year's premier event. "Greg has done a great job on a very limited budget and we are pleased to be in a position to help put his car on the track. He has proven he has what it takes to win and we at Eufora are excited to be a part of the effort with such a capable driver," said Eufora President Mark D'Ambrosio.

"We have been talking with Greg for almost a year in our efforts to develop a plan and to explore methods to partner with his team," said University Loft Co. CEO, James Janetides. "Greg is a proven winner and champion on the race track. Off the track, we have been impressed by his understanding of our business objectives, his family values, his work ethic and his dedication".

Rent-A-Center - Rent-A-Center, Inc., headquartered in Plano, Texas, currently operates 2,836 company-owned stores nationwide and in Canada and Puerto Rico. The stores generally offer high-quality, durable goods such as home electronics, appliances, computers, and furniture and accessories to consumers under flexible rental purchase arrangements that generally allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed-upon rental period. ColorTyme, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Rent-A-Center, is a national franchiser of approximately 322 rent-to-own stores, 310 of which operate under the trade name of "ColorTyme," and the remaining 12 of which operate under the "Rent-A-Center" name. For more information visit their website at www.rentacenter.com.

Eufora - Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, Eufora is a pioneer in the payment card industry. Developed by a diverse team of entrepreneurs with decades of marketing experience, the Eufora concept was created to provide its Cardholders with an unparalleled rewards program, income opportunity and the ability for one to build or rebuild their credit. The Eufora pre-paid MasterCard® Card with Credit Builder is the only pre-paid card that helps you build or re-build your credit. Eufora offers the only pre-paid card with MasterCard Benefits and the only payment card that offers the Eufora Income Opportunity and Monthly New Car Sweepstakes. The Eufora MasterCard® Credit Card is issued by InfiBank, N.A. and the Eufora pre-paid MasterCard Card is issued by BANKFIRST, two of the nation's leading payment card issuers. The ingenuity of the Eufora concept, combined with the strength of its banking partners, provides Eufora Cardholders a solid foundation to build greater financial security. For more information on Eufora, visit their website at www.Eufora.com.

University Loft Co. - Based in Indianapolis Indiana, the University Loft Company has been providing the highest quality products and customer service in the student housing industry since 1986. University Loft supplies furniture to over 1100 universities which is representative of over 1/3 of the overall market. For more information on University Loft Co. visit www.UniversityLoft.com.

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