The International Union, UAW and General Motors Corporation announced today they will be the presenting sponsor of the 20th annual UAW-GM Motorsports Media Tour hosted by Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.

More than 200 motorsports journalists from 23 states and as far away as The Netherlands are registered to participate in this annual season-preview event which begins Monday afternoon, Jan. 20, and continues through Thursday evening, Jan. 24.

The largest off-season media function in NASCAR racing, the UAW-GM Motorsports Media Tour gives registered participants the opportunity to tour race shops, meet with drivers, crew chiefs and car owners, and discuss the latest developments and breaking news in motorsports with industry leaders. UAW-GM Motorsports is sponsoring the media tour for the seventh consecutive year.

¿It would be impossible to bring together this many top tier motorsports media without the support and involvement of UAW-GM,¿ said H.A. ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. ¿When we started the UAW-GM Motorsports Media Tour 20 years ago, we had a rather small group of beat reporters from the Southeast and a few writers from the motorsports trade publications. Attendance has grown to levels we never envisioned and this year we will host well over 200 print, electronic and internet journalists from across the country.¿

Joe Gibbs Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Hendrick Motorsports, Robert Yates Racing, Petty Enterprises, Evernham Motorsports, Roush Racing and Penske South Racing are among the teams scheduled to host media functions during the tour while NASCAR will welcome the media to its new Research and Development Center for the first time.

UAW-GM Motorsports¿ sponsorship of the tour is an extension of its involvement in NASCAR Winston Cup racing and commitment to educating the public and race fans. Since 1995, UAW-GM has sponsored the UAW-GM Quality 500 race every October at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. The race celebrates winning through teamwork, and it honors the joint efforts of the men and women of UAW and GM.

For information about the UAW-GM Motorsports Media Tour hosted by Lowe¿s Motor Speedway, contact the Lowe¿s Motor Speedway PR Department at (704) 455-3209.