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Michael Waltrip to 'Swap' Jobs with Businessman

10/2/2008

“ELECTRIFYING” END TO BEST WESTERN’S ANNUAL “FAN SWAP” CHARITY AUCTION GENERATES A FINAL BID OF MORE THAN $2,500

“Fan Swap” Auction Winner David Emery Prepares to Take the Reins of Michael Waltrip Racing for a Day; Two-Time Daytona 500 Winner Michael Waltrip Will Travel to New Jersey to Work as an Electrical Engineer

PHOENIX (September 2, 2010) – A key component for winning race cars is a high-performing electrical system and Michael Waltrip Racing team owner and professional driver Michael Waltrip will get a firsthand look at complex electrical hardware, when he travels to New Jersey to “swap” jobs with the winner of the third annual Best Western “Fan Swap” charity auction this fall.

“ELECTRIFYING” END TO BEST WESTERN’S ANNUAL “FAN SWAP” CHARITY AUCTION GENERATES A FINAL BID OF MORE THAN $2,500

“Fan Swap” Auction Winner David Emery Prepares to Take the Reins of Michael Waltrip Racing for a Day; Two-Time Daytona 500 Winner Michael Waltrip Will Travel to New Jersey to Work as an Electrical Engineer

PHOENIX (September 2, 2010) – A key component for winning race cars is a high-performing electrical system and Michael Waltrip Racing team owner and professional driver Michael Waltrip will get a firsthand look at complex electrical hardware, when he travels to New Jersey to “swap” jobs with the winner of the third annual Best Western “Fan Swap” charity auction this fall.

David Emery, the owner and operator of Powertronic, Inc, an electrical company he started in 1995 in Ocean, N.J., outbid race fans on eBay to earn this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “swap” jobs with Waltrip for a day, as well as travel with the team to the races in Richmond, Va.

Emery posted a winning bid of $2,606, with proceeds from the charity auction benefiting World Vision, Best Western’s official charity partner, dedicated to alleviating the causes of poverty and injustice among children and families around the world.

Best Western, the World’s Largest Hotel Chain®, and Michael Waltrip Racing will send the auction winner to Cornelius, N.C. to experience the inner workings of owning a race team and all the work that goes into preparing for race weekend.

At Michael Waltrip Racing headquarters, he’ll enjoy an exclusive tour of Waltrip’s private office and pickup some official Michael Waltrip Racing gear. David will also be treated to an exclusive tour of the new NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, as well as a tour of Showtime’s “Inside NASCAR” studios with Waltrip, the show’s host. Emery will also enjoy a lunch with Waltrip and driver David Reutimann before traveling with the entire race team to Richmond where he will stay at a Best Western hotel for the weekend and receive VIP treatment at the September 10th and 11th races.

“I’ve always thought running a race team would be similar to owning an electrical company because of the skill and precision it takes to work on intricate systems and hardware,” said David Emery. “I’m looking forward to working with Michael to see if what I’ve always believed is true when I join him in Cornelius for a day to learn everything there is to know about running his team.”

“ELECTRIFYING” END TO BEST WESTERN’S ANNUAL “FAN SWAP” CHARITY AUCTION GENERATES A FINAL BID OF MORE THAN $2,500

“Fan Swap” Auction Winner David Emery Prepares to Take the Reins of Michael Waltrip Racing for a Day; Two-Time Daytona 500 Winner Michael Waltrip Will Travel to New Jersey to Work as an Electrical Engineer

PHOENIX (September 2, 2010) – A key component for winning race cars is a high-performing electrical system and Michael Waltrip Racing team owner and professional driver Michael Waltrip will get a firsthand look at complex electrical hardware, when he travels to New Jersey to “swap” jobs with the winner of the third annual Best Western “Fan Swap” charity auction this fall.

David Emery, the owner and operator of Powertronic, Inc, an electrical company he started in 1995 in Ocean, N.J., outbid race fans on eBay to earn this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “swap” jobs with Waltrip for a day, as well as travel with the team to the races in Richmond, Va.

“ELECTRIFYING” END TO BEST WESTERN’S ANNUAL “FAN SWAP” CHARITY AUCTION GENERATES A FINAL BID OF MORE THAN $2,500

“Fan Swap” Auction Winner David Emery Prepares to Take the Reins of Michael Waltrip Racing for a Day; Two-Time Daytona 500 Winner Michael Waltrip Will Travel to New Jersey to Work as an Electrical Engineer

PHOENIX (September 2, 2010) – A key component for winning race cars is a high-performing electrical system and Michael Waltrip Racing team owner and professional driver Michael Waltrip will get a firsthand look at complex electrical hardware, when he travels to New Jersey to “swap” jobs with the winner of the third annual Best Western “Fan Swap” charity auction this fall.

David Emery, the owner and operator of Powertronic, Inc, an electrical company he started in 1995 in Ocean, N.J., outbid race fans on eBay to earn this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “swap” jobs with Waltrip for a day, as well as travel with the team to the races in Richmond, Va.

“ELECTRIFYING” END TO BEST WESTERN’S ANNUAL “FAN SWAP” CHARITY AUCTION GENERATES A FINAL BID OF MORE THAN $2,500

“Fan Swap” Auction Winner David Emery Prepares to Take the Reins of Michael Waltrip Racing for a Day; Two-Time Daytona 500 Winner Michael Waltrip Will Travel to New Jersey to Work as an Electrical Engineer

PHOENIX (September 2, 2010) – A key component for winning race cars is a high-performing electrical system and Michael Waltrip Racing team owner and professional driver Michael Waltrip will get a firsthand look at complex electrical hardware, when he travels to New Jersey to “swap” jobs with the winner of the third annual Best Western “Fan Swap” charity auction this fall.

David Emery, the owner and operator of Powertronic, Inc, an electrical company he started in 1995 in Ocean, N.J., outbid race fans on eBay to earn this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “swap” jobs with Waltrip for a day, as well as travel with the team to the races in Richmond, Va.

“ELECTRIFYING” END TO BEST WESTERN’S ANNUAL “FAN SWAP” CHARITY AUCTION GENERATES A FINAL BID OF MORE THAN $2,500

“Fan Swap” Auction Winner David Emery Prepares to Take the Reins of Michael Waltrip Racing for a Day; Two-Time Daytona 500 Winner Michael Waltrip Will Travel to New Jersey to Work as an Electrical Engineer

PHOENIX (September 2, 2010) – A key component for winning race cars is a high-performing electrical system and Michael Waltrip Racing team owner and professional driver Michael Waltrip will get a firsthand look at complex electrical hardware, when he travels to New Jersey to “swap” jobs with the winner of the third annual Best Western “Fan Swap” charity auction this fall.

David Emery, the owner and operator of Powertronic, Inc, an electrical company he started in 1995 in Ocean, N.J., outbid race fans on eBay to earn this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “swap” jobs with Waltrip for a day, as well as travel with the team to the races in Richmond, Va.

“ELECTRIFYING” END TO BEST WESTERN’S ANNUAL “FAN SWAP” CHARITY AUCTION GENERATES A FINAL BID OF MORE THAN $2,500

“Fan Swap” Auction Winner David Emery Prepares to Take the Reins of Michael Waltrip Racing for a Day; Two-Time Daytona 500 Winner Michael Waltrip Will Travel to New Jersey to Work as an Electrical Engineer

PHOENIX (September 2, 2010) – A key component for winning race cars is a high-performing electrical system and Michael Waltrip Racing team owner and professional driver Michael Waltrip will get a firsthand look at complex electrical hardware, when he travels to New Jersey to “swap” jobs with the winner of the third annual Best Western “Fan Swap” charity auction this fall.

David Emery, the owner and operator of Powertronic, Inc, an electrical company he started in 1995 in Ocean, N.J., outbid race fans on eBay to earn this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “swap” jobs with Waltrip for a day, as well as travel with the team to the races in Richmond, Va.

TWO-TIME DAYTONA 500 WINNER MICHAEL WALTRIP TO ‘SWAP’ JOBS WITH WEST TEXAS BUSINESSMAN FOR ONE DAY
Best Western’s “Fan Swap” eBay Auction Generates More Than $4,000 to Benefit World Vision

PHOENIX (OCTOBER 2, 2008) – As an oil man, restaurateur, collector and restorer of classic cars and owner of both a race track and an aircraft maintenance business, Murray Erickson of Odessa, Texas, is a true entrepreneur. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ driver Michael Waltrip will soon learn just how busy Erickson is when both “swap” jobs for a day.

Erickson outbid others on eBay to earn this one-of-a-kind opportunity to oversee Michael Waltrip Racing for a day with a top bid of $4,193.16. Organized by Best Western International, The Official Hotel of NASCAR®, and Michael Waltrip Racing, the “Fan Swap” charity auction benefited World Vision, Best Western’s official humanitarian partner dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities to tackle the causes of poverty, domestically and internationally.

Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, will spend one day working as Erickson would in Odessa – first mentoring aspiring drivers and working Erickson’s race track to ensure it’s in good shape. Later, Waltrip will visit Erickson’s classic car restoration garage to tune-up vintage cars and wash several for display. In return, Erickson will travel to Cornelius, North Carolina, to take part in the inner workings of an official NASCAR team, Michael Waltrip Racing, at the team’s headquarters at Raceworld USA.

“As a racing and car enthusiast, I couldn’t be more excited to work with and learn from a legend in the sport, and know that I’ve contributed to an organization that benefits so many children worldwide,” said Erickson. “While Odessa is best known for its Friday night high school football, our community is excited to host Michael and show our excitement for NASCAR.”

As part of his experience in the Charlotte area, Erickson will receive a ride-along at 180 mph with NASCAR teammate David Reutimann at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Erickson will also attend a live taping of Michael Waltrip’s Sirius XM Radio show, enjoy lunch with Waltrip and Reutimann and return home with official Michael Waltrip racing gear.

“I thought that managing a NASCAR team and racing for 500 miles on weekends was a hectic career, but Murray may have me beat,” said Waltrip. “After restoring and washing cars, and working at the race track, I’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep.”

For more information on Best Western Racing or to sign up for the Speed Rewards loyalty program, please visit www.bestwesternracing.com.

ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL
Best Western International is THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN®, providing marketing, reservations and operational support to over 4,000* independently owned and operated member hotels in 80* countries and territories worldwide. An industry pioneer since 1946, Best Western has grown into an iconic brand that hosts 400,000* worldwide guests each night. Best Western's diverse property portfolio, its greatest strength, stems from a business model designed to give owners maximum flexibility to address market-specific needs. Equally committed to the business and leisure traveler, Best Western recently embarked on a five-year mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. Since 2004, Best Western has served as the Official Hotel of NASCAR®. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.bestwestern.com.

*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.

ABOUT WORLD VISION
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. We serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit www.worldvision.org/press.