press release


Irvan's win at the Miller 400 may have made some lucky Texaco customer $1 million richer!!!!!


HOUSTON, JUNE 20 -- With three weeks remaining in Texaco's "Race to Millions" sweepstakes, Texaco-sponsored driver Ernie Irvan's first place finish at the Miller 400 on Sunday may have just made some lucky Texaco customer a millionaire. By crossing the finish line first, Irvan is the first Texaco-sponsored driver to have made it possible for someone to become $1 million richer, just by the scratch of a coin. The win comes at the halfway point of the six-week "Race to Millions" program designed to reward Texaco customers on the performance of Texaco motorsports drivers.

"We are thrilled with Ernie's performance at the Miller 400 and we're looking forward to additional wins from our other drivers, all in the hopes of possibly giving away even more money," said Mark Johnson, Texaco Director of Advertising and Sales Promotion. "Beside's Ernie's performance, we've had a couple of close finishes by our drivers during this promotion, including National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) driver Randy Anderson's second place finish at the Western Auto Nationals in Topeka, Kan., and Michael Andretti's second place finish at the ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix," said Johnson.

"Our drivers are looking great and we are anticipating a lot of first place finishes before 'Race to Millions ends July 6." Ernie Irvan's win means that a Texaco customer can collect $1 million if only he or she can find the winning game piece (available at participating Texaco retail locations) with Ernie Irvan's name on it in the first scratch-off area and $1 million in the second scratch-off space. (The game piece must be mailed in by the card holder and verified by Texaco). Additional game pieces with Irvan's name and trips for two to great race city destinations also are waiting to be found.

"Many Texaco customers have been loyal fans of mine," said Irvan. "It is great to finally have the opportunity to reward one of them with $1 million. I hope people who have not already picked up a 'Race to Millions' game piece at Texaco will do so. I've done the hard work, now all someone has to do is scratch-off the winning card with my name on it and $1 million. And now that I'm a winner, I'll be cheering on other Texaco-sponsored drivers to see if they can make some more people millionaires."

Irvan is one of 11 Texaco-sponsored drivers participating in the promotion. If one of the ten remaining Texaco-sponsored motorsports drivers in either CART (Champion Auto Racing Teams); Formula One; NASCAR's (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing); Winston Cup, or NHRA wins a race on or before July 6, a second Texaco customer could become a millionaire simply by holding the winning scratch-off card with the driver's name in the first scratch-off area and $1 million in the second area of the card. Scratch-off cards can be obtained (no purchase necessary) at participating Texaco retail locations. In addition to the $1 million prizes, trips for two to great race city destinations also could be awarded as grand prizes.

In the event that a $1 million grand prize is not claimed, Texaco will hold a second-chance drawing, thereby guaranteeing at least one $1 million winner. All verified prize winners who have submitted their card for an instant-win prize or who have mailed in their card as a possible $1 million or trip winner will be entered into a drawing, from which one winner's name will be pulled. The lucky winner will be awarded $1 million.

Eleven Texaco-sponsored drivers are participating in the sweepstakes, making for a total of 11 $1 million cash prizes potentially could be awarded. A grand total of $25 million in cash awards, trips for two to exciting race city destinations, and instant win prizes could possibly be given away making this the biggest sweepstakes in Texaco's marketing history.

In addition to the grand prizes, the third scratch-off area may contain instant-win prizes including a year's supply of CleanSystem3 gasoline, Texaco/Havoline racing gear or a coupon good for $1 worth of free Texaco Power Plus or Texaco Power Premium gasoline. Winners of the $1 worth of free gasoline are not eligible for the second-chance $1 million drawing.

According to Johnson, there are still many chances to win throughout the next few weeks. He said the races and racers to watch are: CART- Michael Andretti, Christian Fittipaldi, Jimmy Vasser and Alex Zanardi in the Budweiser/GI Joe's 200, June 22, Portland, Ore.; NASCAR Winston Cup Series - Dale Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip in the California 500, in Fontana, Calif., June 22 as well as the Pepsi 400, in Daytona Beach, Fla., on July 5; NASCAR Busch Series - Dale Jarrett in the Lysol 200, in Watkins Glen, N.Y., on June 29, and the Sears Auto Center 250, in Milwaukee, on July 6; NHRA - Randy and Shelly Anderson in the Craftsman Nationals, in St. Louis, on June 29; and Formula One - Rubens Barrichello and Jan Magnussen in the French Grand Prix, Magny Cours, France, on June 29.

"Texaco has been associated with the sport of racing for more than seven decades," said Johnson. "Through the years, the company's commitment to motorsports has increased. Today, with the use of products like Havoline Formula3 motor oil and Texaco Extended Life Anti-Freeze/Coolant in Texaco-sponsored race cars, we demonstrate the quality and performance of our products which are available to motorists right-off-the-shelf. 'Race to Millions' is the company's way of rewarding Texaco customers and racing fans who have been so loyal over the years in supporting the Texaco brand."

"Race to Millions" is being held in all states except Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia where this type of promotion is prohibited. During the six-week "Race to Millions" promotional period, customers in these states may purchase one of two custom-designed Texaco/Havoline racing caps for a suggested retail prices of $3.99 with a minimum eight-gallon purchase of Texaco Power Plus or Texaco Power Premium gasoline at participating Texaco-branded retail locations. (No gasoline purchase is required in New Jersey.)

Updated: June 1997