SOURCE: Automobile Club of Southern California

August 28, 2006 15:03 ET

NEXTEL Cup Driver Mark Martin Takes Teens on Custom Auto Club Course to Learn About Safe Driving in Time for Going Back to School

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 28, 2006 --

WHO:    Mark Martin, veteran NEXTEL Cup race driver and father of a teenage
        boy, will join Automobile Club of Southern California traffic
        safety managing director Patrice Frazier to talk with
        Los Angeles-area teenagers  about the importance of safe driving
        as they return to school.

     -- Martin, the tenth-ranked driver on the NEXTEL Cup race for the
        Championship, will give teens personal tips as they maneuver along
        a custom course set up at Auto Club Headquarters that will test
        their driving, turning and parking skills. Reporters and
        photographers can ride along.

     -- Each teen driver will receive a DVD copy of AAA's "Driver-ZED," a
        computerized training tool that helps young drivers learn basic
        driver survivor skills.

     -- Teens and reporters can also test their driving skills against
        professional race drivers on Auto Club simulators.

WHY:    Auto crashes are the leading cause of death among 16-18 year olds.
        A study by AAA shows that teens who obey traffic rules and follow
        the requirements of graduated driver licensing laws are much less
        likely to crash, so it is important that teens understand how
        following a few simple rules can help keep them from harm.

WHERE:  Auto Club Headquarters, 2601 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles
        (corner of Adams and Figueroa)

WHEN:   Friday, September 1, 2006, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

CONTACT: Carol Thorp or Jeffrey Spring, 714-885-2333,
         Jeff's cell: (714-401-4221)
Planning Editors: Auto Club staff will also be available after the press conference to talk about Labor Day Travel trends and gasoline prices.

Contact Information

  • Carol Thorp
    Jeffrey Spring
    Jeff's cell: (714-401-4221)