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Vivarin, Hodnett Join Forces for 1998 Outlaws Campaign PITTSBURGH, PA (October 30) - Vivarin, America's ...

Vivarin, Hodnett Join Forces for 1998 Outlaws Campaign PITTSBURGH, PA (October 30) - Vivarin, America's #1-selling alertness aid, will join forces with Greg Hodnett for the 1998 World of Outlaws season, Vivarin spokesman Ron Beeman announced Thursday. "We're really excited about continuing Vivarin's association with the World of Outlaws," Beeman said. "We are looking forward to a great relationship with Greg, crew chief Sonny Kratzer and car owner David Helm." Hodnett, a native of Memphis, TN, ranks sixth heading into the World of Outlaws' final two events of the season. The series' 1993 Rookie of the Year won the Wild, Wild Northwest Tour opener at Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, WY, and finished second in the prestigious Knoxville Nationals. Vivarin will also continue its relationship with the World of Outlaws next season, sponsoring a portion of each racing program. In 1998, the yellow and blue Vivarin sprinter will be emblazoned with Helms' and Hodnett's #11H instead of Dave Blaney's #10. "Dave has been a great driver for Vivarin Alertness Aids during our seven-year relationship," Beeman said. "We wish him well as he pursues other opportunities." It was also announced that NicoDerm CQ, a Nicotine Replacement Patch, will be an associate sponsor for the Helms team. Vivarin and NicoDerm CQ are products of SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare. WoO

World of Outlaws Chooses CompuServe as Official Service PLANO, TX (October 23) - The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series, the largest sprint car racing circuit in the world, has chosen CompuServe's Racing Information Systems as its official commercial online service. The announcement was made Thursday by World of Outlaws President Ted Johnson and CompuServe Motor Sports Forum/Racing Information Systems Managing Editor Mike Hollander. "The World of Outlaws' presence on CompuServe is a natural step," said Johnson, who founded the series in 1978. "Through CompuServe and Racing Information Systems, we will immediately expand our presence on the information superhighway. "And, of equal importance, our officials - regardless of where they are - will be able to communicate quickly. That capability, along with access to CompuServe's vast business and information databases, will be of particular value to our membership." Hollander was equally excited about the World of Outlaws' move to CompuServe. "Since 1983, the CompuServe Motor Sports Forum, has been dedicated to the same high ideals as the World of Outlaws," he said. "The forum's membership includes professional racing drivers, team owners, sanctioning organizations and many members of the World of Outlaws." The forum, which is operated by Racing Information Systems of Redondo Beach, CA, is also the official online service for the American Racing Press Association (ARPA), the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA), the International Kart Federation (IKF), SCCA Pro Racing and the Motor Press Guild (MPG). The World of Outlaws' CompuServe email address is 76650,456. The CompuServe Information Service is one of the world's largest commercial online services, with more than five million members who access the service from more than 150 countries. The undisputed leader in innovation, the service offers global email, the industry's first CDROM supplement, libraries of free software, 28.8k bps access, ISDN access and world-wide Internet service. For a free introductory CompuServe membership, World of Outlaws members should call 1-800-524-3388 and ask for representative number 751, or access CompuServe's home page on the Internet ( CompuServe, Inc., is now traded publicly (NASDAQ:CSRV). WoO

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