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Pizza Hut’s Newest ‘Delivery Driver’ Visits Local YMCA

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 4, 2005) – Terry Labonte surprised dozens of children with an impromptu pizza party Wednesday at the University City YMCA.  Roaring into the parking lot in his No. 44 Chevrolet, complete with a Pizza Hut delivery car-topper, Labonte delivered more than 100 pizzas to children in the YMCA’s Afterschool program.

This special delivery marks the pizza company’s first move into NASCAR.  As a primary sponsor of Chevrolets driven by Labonte and Brian Vickers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series, the Pizza Hut logo will be prominently displayed on the hood in five races throughout this season, beginning May 6 at Darlington Raceway.

“These three, YMCA, Pizza Hut and NASCAR, are all about family—strengthening families, gathering families and families having fun together,” said Tom James, chief marketing officer, Pizza Hut. “We certainly had fun making this special pizza delivery to the children at the YMCA.  You can imagine the surprise on the kids’ faces when a NASCAR race car pulled into the parking lot to deliver piping hot pizzas. We were also quite surprised to see how well Terry made the right-hand turns!”

“Now that I’m running a partial NEXTEL Cup schedule, pizza delivery wouldn’t be a bad way to stay behind the wheel,” Labonte said. “I really appreciate Pizza Hut and YMCA for hosting the event and giving me the opportunity to have some fun with the kids today.”

“We’re thrilled to be the recipients of this special Pizza Hut delivery from Terry Labonte,” said Karie Barbieri, director of camping and youth services, University City YMCA.  “This was such a treat for our kids. We thank Pizza Hut for this exciting and delicious surprise.”

Labonte, 48, who won Cup championships in 1984 and 1996, is driving 10-race NEXTEL Cup schedules in 2005 and 2006 as part of his “Shifting Gears – Lone Star Style” tour.
He already has made starts this season at California Speedway, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

A Corpus Christi, Texas, native, Labonte has 22 victories, 27 pole positions, 181 top-five finishes and 359 top-10 efforts since joining the Cup circuit in 1978. He was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.

To support its NASCAR team sponsorship, Pizza Hut is offering the essential racing “gear” so families can get a complete meal from start to finish.  The new Family Race Pack™ promotion includes a large one-topping pizza, bread sticks, cinnamon sticks, a two liter of Pepsi® and napkins, plates and cups so no cooking or cleaning up is necessary.

The Family Race Pack promotion is offered nationally at participating Pizza Hut restaurants for carryout, delivery or dine-in (where available) for $16.99.

ABOUT PIZZA HUT:
As the world’s largest pizza restaurant company with almost 6,600 units in the United States and more than 4,000 units in 100 other countries, Pizza Hut, Inc., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) has been the place families have gathered for 47 years. The company’s legacy of leadership and innovation has made it the recognized leader in the $37 billion pizza category. Those hungry for more information can go to the official Pizza Hut web site at www.pizzahut.com

ABOUT UNIVERSITY CITY YMCA:
The University City YMCA is one of 16 branches of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, a United Way member agency.  The 130-year-old non-profit organization serves one in every six individuals in its service area with a continuum of educational and recreational programs that foster growth in spirit, mind and body.  Program and membership financial assistance is available.  For additional information, visit www.ymcacharlotte.org.

ABOUT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS:
Hendrick Motorsports has won nine NASCAR championships in the last decade and currently fields teams in the sanctioning body’s top two divisions – the NEXTEL Cup Series and Busch Series.  Drivers include Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Brian Vickers, Terry Labonte and Jimmie Johnson.

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