Sponsor announced for Michigan race

PARAMOUNT HEALTH CARE TO SPONSOR JUNE 18 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES RACE AT MIS BROOKLYN, Mich. - Paramount Health Care, the largest health provider based in northwest Ohio, will sponsor the Paramount Health Insurance 200 NASCAR Craftsman...


BROOKLYN, Mich. - Paramount Health Care, the largest health provider based in northwest Ohio, will sponsor the Paramount Health Insurance 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway, officials at both companies announced today. The Paramount Health Insurance 200 will take place on June 18, a day prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 race on June 19.

It is the second straight year MIS and Paramount Health Care have partnered to sponsor a race. In 2004, Paramount Health Care sponsored the Paramount Health Insurance 100 IRL Infiniti Pro Series race in August.

"It's once again an honor to partner with Michigan International Speedway," said Jack Randolph, president of Paramount Health Care. "This gives us a tremendous opportunity to reach a large, diverse audience and help bring exciting entertainment to the families of southeast Michigan."

Since its inception in 1988, Paramount Health Care has become the area leader in growth, quality, service and member satisfaction. A subsidiary of ProMedica Health System, Paramount offers a wide variety of health care products in 26 counties in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Today, Paramount is the largest health plan based in northwest Ohio with nearly 200,000 members and a network of more than 1,200 physicians and 27 hospitals. In addition, Paramount Health Care of Michigan serves southeastern Michigan with the same quality, service and member satisfaction as Paramount Health Care of Ohio. Both are locally owned and operated with offices in Maumee, Ohio and Dundee, Michigan.

Two health care facilities that are in close proximity to MIS, Adrian's Bixby Medical Center and Tecumseh's Herrick Memorial Hospital, are both members of ProMedica Health System.

"We are excited about Paramount Health Care continuing their sponsorship for the 2005 season," said MIS Director of Marketing Keith Karbo. "Our partnership started with the IRL Infiniti Pro Series race last season, and we are now pleased to have Paramount Health Care sponsoring the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, which is now being contested in June for the first time in track history."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2005 schedule consists of 25 races at some of the country's finest venues, including MIS. At various times during the year, the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks run in conjunction with the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, including the June stop at MIS. It is the first time NASCAR Craftsman Trucks have run in June at MIS.

Defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion Bobby Hamilton is currently leading in the point standings after winning the UAW/GM Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on May 15. In July 2004 at MIS, Travis Kvapil and his Toyota made history by giving the manufacturer its first-ever truck victory with a win in the Line-X Spray-On Truck Bedliners 200.

Tickets are still available for all June 17-19 activities at MIS, with children 12 and under admitted free to Friday's ARCA RE/MAX Hantz 200 and the Paramount Health Insurance 200 on Saturday. Tickets are $40 for the Paramount Health Insurance 200. In addition, tickets are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 on Sunday, June 19. All tickets can be purchased now by visiting www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.

Information about MIS:

Michigan International Speedway is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation, a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events at 12 major motorsports facilities annually.

Information about ProMedica Health System:

Paramount Health Care is a member of ProMedica Health System. ProMedica, ranked the second most integrated health system in the country, was formed in 1986 and is a Toledo, Ohio-based, not-for-profit health care organization with 15,000 associates, 69 corporations and joint ventures, 2,700 physicians and 210 facilities in its 23-county service area in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. ProMedica facilities treated over 2.25 million patients in 2004 and includes 10 hospitals; ProMedica Continuing Care Services with senior, rehabilitation and integrative services; ProMedica Physician Group, a large network of primary care, obstetrics and specialist physicians; Paramount Health Care, the largest HMO in northwest Ohio; and the Health Education Research Corporation, with more than 60 academic affiliations. ProMedica contributes more than $68 million annually in indigent care and other community benefits in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit www.paramounthealthcare.com.


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Travis Kvapil