|Bristol, TN. (8/23/2014)Responsible NASCAR fans earned valuable rewards at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 23. The track and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition partnered to promote responsible drinking and traffic safety at the race.88 fans made the pledge to never drive drunk and always have a designated driver. This was the third time the desiganted driver program was at the track, and participated tripled from the spring race. All the designated drivers and responsible fans had the opportunity to receive a free souvenir photo, instant prizes and a chance to be selected as the Designated Driver for the Race. One randomly selected, responsible fan will win the Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes. The grand prize includes two tickets and a VIP experience for two to the next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The Designated Driver for the Race from the March, 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Rita Crisp, received her Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes prize on Saturday – two tickets and a VIP behind-the-scenes experience before the race.
(left to right) Jeremy Davidson, Bristol Motor Speedway; Rita Crisp, Designated driver for the Race; John Crisp, guest of winner; Jessica Thurston, TEAM Coalition“Coming to Bristol Motor Speedway is all about having a great time, and we want all of our fans to be safe both at the race and on the way home,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “We applaud these fans that made the responsible choice to be designated drivers for their friends or family this past weekend.”
“The success of the Responsibility Has Its Rewards campaign is a direct result of the commitment from our members and all the designated-driver program partners, including the tracks,” said Jill Pepper, executive director of TEAM Coalition. “Teamwork is what this campaign is all about. We are demonstrating that when everyone – including the fans – takes responsibility, everyone wins.”
About Bristol Motor Speedway
Speedway Motorsports is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sonoma, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its U.S. Legend Cars International subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. The Company also equally-owns Motorsports Authentics, a joint venture formed with International Speedway Corporation to produce, market and sell licensed motorsports merchandise. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.speedwaymotorsports.com
About TEAM Coalition
TEAM Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts, and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. TEAM’s members and supporters include NASCAR, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, ARAMARK, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Ovations Food Services, Beer Institute, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Brown-Forman, Live Nation, National Association of Broadcasters, Contemporary Services Corporation, Elite, International Association of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more information, go to www.TEAMCoalition.org or www.ResponsibilityHasItsRewards.org
US DOT / NHTSA 2012 NATIONAL DATA:
- In 2012, 10,322 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, an increase of 4.6% from the 9,865 fatalities in 2011.
- Many, if not most of those lives would have been saved if people did not drive when they were impaired by alcohol or if they used sober, designated drivers or if they simply wore their seat belts.
- Statistics and research clearly show that 21-34 year old males are the demographic most likely to be involved in an automobile crash, drive when impaired by alcohol, and fail to buckle up.