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Press Release

Town of Chesterfield Joins Sandblast Rally

Chesterfield, SC (February 12, 2007)

The Sandblast Rally formally announced today that the Town of Chesterfield has come on board as a sponsor of the event. Portions of the racing event will be held within the town itself.

"I'm excited about Chesterfield getting involved." said event organizer Anders Green. "They approached us with a gung-ho attitude and they've been very helpful in finding some resources that we needed."

A 'Parc Expose', the rally term for what amounts to a car show with the drivers present, is scheduled for the Friday night before the race. While Sandblast Rally traditionally hasn't scheduled a Parc Expose the day before the event, the addition of volunteers from Chesterfield made this possible. The public will be able to walk around the cars and motorcycles in front of the Chesterfield Visitor's Center at approximately 6:00 pm on Friday, February 16th.

Team Chesterfield, a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting the town and growing the area in all aspects, including tourism, first approached Green two months before the rally. Gary Graves spearheaded the effort to bring some of the racing glory associated with the event to Chesterfield. "Having Sandblast Rally come through Chesterfield clearly benefits the town. It's just one more step in our plan to make downtown an even more exciting location for all the citizens and families in the area. Not only is the town's reputation enhanced, the store owners there see a direct benefit." noted Graves.

The awards ceremony will also be held at a Chesterfield locale. Also in the works are plans for 2008 to have the awards at the historic Visitor's Center on Main Street. "The event is certainly growing. With the extra help we've received we've been able to add some activities that we didn't previously have the manpower for. And the Visitor's Center will be a fantastic location." said Green "The classic brick of that building and the cutting edge technology in these race machines captures exactly what South Carolina is all about."

More information on the event, including ways to get involved through volunteering, can be found on Sandblast Rally is the first event of the Eastern States Rally Championship, a series of events run by NASA Rally Sport.