Verizon Wireless Sponsors Jarrett/Favre Motorsports

Verizon Wireless Sponsors Jarrett/Favre Motorsports

July 13, 2000


Meagan L. Bretches,
(864) 672-5560

Paul M. Connell,
(770) 277-2170

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Verizon Wireless, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile, announced today its sponsorship of Jason Jarrett and Jarrett/Favre Motorsports. As a corporate partner, Verizon Wireless is now the official communications provider for the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division team, owned by defending Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett, NASCAR legend Ned Jarrett, and Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre.

"Verizon Wireless is very excited about its sponsorship of Jason Jarrett and Jarrett/Favre Motorsports," said Jerry Fountain, Verizon Wireless' regional president - Carolinas. "We're proud to be associated with the Jarrett family, one of America's legendary racing dynasties."

Jason Jarrett, 24-year-old son of Dale Jarrett and grandson of Ned Jarrett, is racing the #11 Rayovac Maximum Pontiac with associate sponsorship from Verizon Wireless. This is Jarrett's first full season of Busch Series competition and marks his return to Jarrett/Favre Motorsports following 23 starts in partial seasons since 1997.

"On the track or off, communication is key to performing ahead of the competition, especially with a young, aggressive team like Jarrett/Favre Motorsports," said Jarrett. "We are looking to take the quality foundation that we have developed and make our mark on the fastest growing sport in the world. With high-tech sponsors like Verizon Wireless, I think we are well on our way."

The Busch Series has established itself as NASCAR's "Proving Ground" for future motorsports stars, like Jarrett who finished 17th in the season opener in Daytona amid a field packed with Winston Cup veterans.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 25 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE:BEL), Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD), and GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The new company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.

Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.