SOURCE: Best Western International

Best Western International

August 19, 2009 09:00 ET

Bidding Online to "Swap" Jobs With Michael Waltrip Is Shifting Into High Gear, Ends Monday

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - August 19, 2009) - Racing fans who want to "swap" jobs with two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip and travel with his team to the races in Richmond, Va., will need to act quickly as the annual Best Western "Fan Swap" charity auction ends Monday. The highest bid for this one-of-a-kind auction, organized by Best Western International, The Official Hotel of NASCAR®, and Michael Waltrip Racing, is currently $5,110.00.

The winner of the Best Western "Fan Swap" auction, which ends Monday, August 24 at 5:21:22 p.m. (EDT)/2:21:22 (PDT), will travel to Waltrip headquarters, Raceworld USA, in Cornelius, North Carolina and swap jobs with Waltrip for the day. The winner and a guest will also travel with the Michael Waltrip Race Team to experience the races with VIP treatment in Richmond, September 11-13.

As an added bonus, Waltrip will travel to the winning bidder's hometown at a later date and work as they would for an afternoon, meeting with their friends and family and interacting with co-workers and colleagues.

The complete "Fan Swap" package also includes:

--  Roundtrip airfare to Charlotte, lodging and local transportation for
--  VIP experience at Raceworld USA, the headquarters of Michael Waltrip
--  Lunch with Waltrip and possibly David Reutimann
--  Official Michael Waltrip racing gear
--  The winner and guest will travel with the Michael Waltrip Racing team
    to Richmond, Va., where they will be awarded accommodations and tickets to
    both of the weekend's races
--  The winner and guest will also receive airfare home from Richmond
--  At a later date, Michael Waltrip will visit the winner's hometown and
    work as they would for a day as well

Visit to register and bid. Proceeds from the "Fan Swap" auction will benefit World Vision, Best Western's official charity partner, dedicated to alleviating the causes of poverty and injustice among children and families around the world.

For official rules and to bid, please visit


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

*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.

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