Retired NASCAR Driver and Premier Series Champion Adds King of the Road Trip to His List of Titles
Road trips account for 80 percent of leisure travel in the United States(1), resulting in thousands of families hitting the roads to enjoy the journey, not just the destination. While the road trip experience is a rite of passage for many, it can be a stressful experience, especially when you add kids to the mix. However, with a little planning, creativity and preparation, road trips can be a cherished experience for all, and families will have the upper hand with advice from a pro like Wallace.
"I have spent 33 years racing professionally and have enjoyed every minute behind the wheel," said Wallace. "Microsoft believes all travelers should have just as much enjoyment on the road as I have, and has developed Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator to make that possible. It's exciting to work with a company that approaches the road trip experience the same way I look at racing -- with excitement."
"Rusty Wallace embodies the spirit of the great American road trip, and we are delighted to be working with him," said Helen Chiang, product manager for Microsoft Streets & Trips. "We look forward to helping families develop road trips they will never forget."
Your Personal Pit Crew
Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator is the latest version of the best-selling(2) mapping and travel planning software for the United States and Canada(2). The new version of the software is the perfect companion for any trip and includes the following:
-- Customizable maps with more than 1.8 million points of interest, from ATMs and gas stations to movie theaters and historic monuments -- The power and versatility of real-time, Voice-Prompted Directions that will serve as a navigator when travelers need a little help getting to the destination -- Reroute from Here technology to help travelers easily recalculate the route from a current location About Rusty Wallace, Inc.
Rusty Wallace, Inc. (RWI) was founded in the early 1980s from very humble beginnings; as Rusty's driving career progressed so did RWI. RWI has expanded operations in licensing and retail auto sales, including the Rusty Wallace Family of Dealerships. This group encompasses five new car dealerships throughout eastern Tennessee. As RWI has expanded, many new exciting projects have emerged including the creation of the Iowa Speedway, scheduled to open in mid-2006, the track will incorporate the latest competition and safety features to create on the best fan and competitor experiences in all of auto racing. In addition, Wallace has ventured into broadcasting, becoming the lead auto racing analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports. RWI continues to grow, expanding into new business areas and budding a new generation of leadership. Miller Lite, Dodge Motorsports, Comcast Spotlight, USG, Visa, Breitling/Fink's Jewelers, Callaway Golf, Bell Helicopters, Carnival Fun Ships, and Microsoft proudly sponsor Rusty Wallace, Inc. For more on Rusty Wallace, Inc., please visit www.rustywallace.com.
About Microsoft Home Retail Division
Microsoft Home Retail Division (HRD) is a leading publisher of home software for the PC. Celebrating Microsoft's 20 years of delivering products that help consumers accomplish and enjoy everyday tasks, HRD brings consumers Microsoft Encarta(R), the industry's best-selling encyclopedia brand(2); Microsoft Digital Image products, which combine advanced photo-editing features and unmatched organizational tools with unparalleled ease of use; Microsoft Money, easy-to-use personal finance management software; Streets & Trips, Microsoft's all-in-one mapping solution with points of interest, routes, driving directions and Pocket PC compatibility in one value-priced software package; and Microsoft Works Suite, the best-selling(3) integrated home productivity software that offers six of the latest essential home software titles in one package for tremendous value. Used with the MSN(R) network of Internet services, these products have a unique depth and mobility that allow consumers to take their PC experience even further. More information about the Home Retail Division product lineup is available at http://www.microsoft.com/discover . Press information can be found at http://www.hrdpresskit.com .
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(1) Source: U.S. Department of Transportation (2) Source: The NPD Group/NPD Techworld(R), March 1999-July 2005. Based on total U.S. retail sales. (3) Source: NPD Techworld, May 1993-2005, based on total U.S. retail sales.
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