HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – March 21, 2011 – Sprint today announced it will partner with NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesT drivers AJ Allmendinger (Los Gatos, Calif.) and Casey Mears (Bakersfield, Calif.) as they battle for home-turf bragging rights at Auto Club Speedway in the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 27, in the Sprint Bragging Rights Challenge.
Allmendinger’s and Mears’ private race within a race will determine which driver’s charity receives a $5,000 contribution on behalf of Sprint. Whichever driver scores the highest finishing position in the Auto Club 400 will earn the donation for his charity of choice.
Allmendinger has chosen the Paralyzed Veterans of America as his charity, while Mears has named the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America as his charity of choice.
As part of the overall Sprint Bragging Rights Challenge, Allmendinger and Mears will appear alongside Miss Sprint Cup, Monica Palumbo, at the Stonewood Center Best Buy Mobile in Downey, Calif., on Thursday, March 24. NASCAR fans are encouraged to visit the store during race week to take advantage of a special offer. All 71 Los Angeles area Best BuyR and Best Buy MobileT specialty stores will offer up to 25 percent off select Samsung AndroidT-powered smartphones from Sprint.
Allmendinger, Mears and Palumbo will appear at the Stonewood Center Best Buy Mobile from 6 to 8 p.m. PDT. Fans seeking autographs and photos will have the opportunity to meet and hear from all three inside the Best Buy Mobile store that evening. In addition, fans can compete in the racing simulators and register for a chance to win prizes, including tickets to the weekend’s events at Auto Club Speedway.
About Best Buy Mobile
Best Buy Mobile was founded in 2006 with a goal of changing the way consumers shop for and purchase mobile phones in America. Today, Best Buy Mobile is in every Best Buy store and also has 178 Best Buy Mobile specialty stores around the country. Best Mobile features one of the largest selections of carriers, handsets and accessories available anywhere. Employees undergo at least 80 hours of intensive training, as well as continuing education on mobile phone technology and trends to help customers get the most of their mobile phones. For more information about Best Buy Mobile, visit http://www.bestbuy.com/mobile www.bestbuy.com/mobile or http://www.bestbuymobile.com www.bestbuymobile.com.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 49.9 million customers at the end of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.