FORT WORTH, Tx., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 200,000 race fans are expected to attend Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS) Samsung 500 at Texas Motors Speedway (TMS), but Dallas-area resident Chad Provo's name will certainly stand out amongst everyone in attendance.
Provo, of Terrell, Texas, was recently selected at random for the grand prize of Crown Royal Championship Racing's "Your Name Here" Texas sweepstakes, which gave Provo the opportunity to have his name featured on the paint scheme of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion driven by Jamie McMurray during Sunday's race.
The 35-year-old home mortgage professional received his first look at the paint scheme during a car unveiling on Friday, which also included former Dallas Cowboys great Daryl 'Moose' Johnston who is serving as a Crown Royal Championship Racing ambassador for the race weekend.
In addition to having his name prominently displayed on McMurray's No. 26 hood, Provo will attend the Cup race with his wife Cory, participate in a meet-and-greet with McMurray and Johnston, partake in a full garage tour, and receive additional VIP treatment.
"The Crown Royal 'Your Name Here' consumer program was designed to offer Texas adult residents a truly unique experience, and we're going to make sure Chad Provo feels like a king for the day," said Jim Lorenz, senior brand manager, Crown Royal. "Texas has been one of Crown Royal's biggest markets for some time, which is why we wanted to reward one lucky fan with a 'Texas-sized' prize. Now, Provo's name will certainly stand out amongst the hundreds of thousands of fans at TMS and the many millions watching at home on television."
On February 1, 2007, Crown Royal launched its "Your Name Here" consumer program to Texas residents, with Provo being one of thousands who entered online at http://www.crownroyal.com/Texas .
"A chance to go to the race (at Texas Motor Speedway) is unbelievable," said Provo. "The way Crown Royal has arranged the weekend, it will certainly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
This announcement comes on the heels of Crown Royal's landmark "Your Name Here 400" national promotion that recently awarded naming rights to the spring NNCS race at Richmond International Raceway to Jim Stewart of Houma, LA. Stewart, 34, was randomly selected from nine finalists in a ceremony at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, marking the first time in history that a major sporting event will be named after a fan. The race will be held under the lights on May 5 and will be called the "Crown Royal presents the Jim Stewart 400." As part of the contest and to promote its "Be a Champion. Drink Responsibly." campaign, for every contest submission Crown Royal made a donation to Recording Artists Athletes and Actors Against Drunk Driving (RADD).
For the second consecutive year, Crown Royal is the primary sponsor of the No. 26 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion team driven by Jamie McMurray. This includes primary paint scheme of the No. 26 car at 24 races during the 2007 season. The Joplin, MO, native has posted one top-five and three top-10 finishes in six starts at the Fort Worth race track.
Additionally, the Crown Royal Special Reserve brand is presenting sponsor of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and primary sponsor of Cheever Racing's No. 39 Porsche driven by Christian Fittipaldi and Harrison Brix. Crown Royal will also serve as title sponsor in 2007 of the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen, N.Y., on August 9-10.
About Crown Royal
Crown Royal, the number one selling whisky in the U.S. by value, has a tradition as long and distinctive as its taste. Specially blended to commemorate a grand tour of Canada made by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain in 1939, Crown Royal's smooth, elegant style reflects its aristocratic origins and is considered the epitome of Canadian whisky. In addition to its motorsports sponsorships, the brand also sponsors The Crown Royal Bad Boys of Comedy Tour, the Crown Royal American Turf stakes race at Churchill Downs and a number of other major regional and national events. For more information on Crown Royal, visit http://www.crownroyal.com .
Crown Royal is proudly owned by Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O), the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines, and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines. Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 200 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com .
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About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR's largest team operating 13 motorsports teams, five in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; five in the Busch Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Todd Kluever, Michel Jourdain Jr. and Danny O'Quinn Jr.; and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Edwards, Peter Shepherd, Travis Kvapil and Erik Darnell. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log onto http://www.RoushFenway.com . For sponsorship inquiries please contact Robin Johnson at 704.720.4645.
Source: Crown Royal