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BW "Fan Swap" Winning Couple Set to Swap Jobs

9/10/2009

BEST WESTERN’S “FAN SWAP” WINNING COUPLE SET TO SWAP JOBS WITH DRIVER MICHAEL WALTRIP, TRAVEL WITH TEAM TO RACES

Best Western’s “Fan Swap” eBay Auction Generates More Than $5,500 to Benefit World Vision

PHOENIX (September 10, 2009) – NASCAR enthusiasts Jami and Jack Prince live only 45 minutes down the road from NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, yet they may as well live worlds apart. However the Princes will soon get to experience Michael’s world firsthand and Michael theirs, thanks to Best Western’s second annual “Fan Swap” when they will swap jobs with each other for a day.

Jami and Jack Prince of Tega Cay, S.C., outbid dozens on eBay to earn this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work at Michael Waltrip Racing for a day and then travel with the team to the races in Richmond with a top bid of $5,515. Organized by Best Western International, The Official Hotel of NASCAR®, and Michael Waltrip Racing, the “Fan Swap” charity auction benefits World Vision, Best Western’s official charity partner dedicated to alleviating the causes of poverty and injustice among children and families around the world.

“We are huge Michael Waltrip fans and cannot wait to see what it takes for him and his team to run Michael Waltrip Racing and race every weekend in a different part of the country,” said Jami Prince. “We are even more excited to have Michael come down to visit us and see how we live and work. I’m certain he will have a fun, yet challenging time taking care of our two kids and running the house while I’m at work – I just hope he knows how to cook!”

As part of their prize, the Princes will spend a day at Raceworld USA, the headquarters of Michael Waltrip Racing in Cornelius, N.C., working as Michael would for the day. The duo will get to experience the inner workings of owning a race team and all the work that goes into preparing for race weekend. At Raceworld, they’ll enjoy an exclusive tour of Waltrip’s private office and pick-up some official Michael Waltrip racing gear. Later that day, Jami and Jack will travel with the whole race team to Richmond, Va., where they will stay at a Best Western hotel for the weekend and get VIP treatment at the September 11th and 12th races.

In return, Waltrip will travel to the Prince’s hometown and “swap” jobs with Jami and Jack Prince and work as both a retired stay-at-home dad and a new home realtor for a day. Part of Michael’s duties will include escorting prospective home buyers around in the Best Western No.99 street car and showing them a model home. The “swap” will also consist of Michael picking up the Prince’s children from school in the street car and helping them with their homework when they get home from school.

“Swapping jobs with fans is a fun experience for me,” said Michael Waltrip. “If there’s one thing that’s been important to me over the course of my career, it’s been the ability to personally interact with fun and loyal fans. The Best Western ‘Fan Swap’ gives me the opportunity each year to get to know my fans a little better, as well as give back to a good cause.”

All proceeds from the “Fan Swap” auction will be used to purchase backpacks and school supplies through World Vision’s SchoolTools program. Best Western's owners and staff will pack the backpacks during their annual convention this fall, and distribute to children in need throughout the United States.

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 mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. World Vision is the charity of choice for Best Western in building the world's largest family, as our hotels and staff sponsor children in need around the globe. 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.