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RELEASE: Richard Petty Driving Experience to Partner with SPARC

May 23

Arshot Investment Corporation (“Arshot”) is pleased to welcome the Richard Petty Driving Experience (Richard Petty) as the newest partner in its automotive themed SPARC (Sports Pavilion and Automotive Research Center) near downtown Columbus. Under the terms of the partnership, Richard Petty Driving Experience will establish and operate a full spectrum Driving Experience Academy designed to leverage SPARC’s motorsports and other facilities. As one of the most experienced and recognizable national operators of driving experiences throughout the U.S., Richard Petty Driving Experience joins Michael Waltrip Racing, Midwestern Automotive Group (“MAG), and a growing stable of strategic partners aiming to capitalize on the newly designed facilities and innovative opportunities created by SPARC.

Bill Schottenstein, principal of Arshot, said “Since the beginning of this Project, it has been our intention to foster a synergistic environment for all of SPARC’s constituents by partnering with the best-of-breed partners in every aspect. We definitely accomplished this in bringing Midwestern Auto Group and Michael Waltrip Racing into SPARC. Now, with the addition of Richard Petty Driving Experience, SPARC will be able to offer the highest quality in name brand driving instruction and recreation – from driver safety courses for newly licensed teenage drivers to advanced racing techniques for automotive enthusiasts. The possibilities are plentiful, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for such a proven and well respected partner in Richard Petty to help bring them to fruition.”

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Dragon Boat Racing to be a part of Columbus’ Bicentennial Edition of the Asian Festival on May 28

May 17

Thousands of people from all over Central Ohio and the Midwest will gather in Columbus to enjoy the 18th Annual Asian Festival at Franklin Park on Saturday, May 26th, Sunday, May 27th, and Monday, May 28th.

The 2012 Asian Festival will feature Columbus’ only Dragon Boat Race, which is the fastest growing water sport on Memorial Day on Monday, May 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Genoa Park, along Scioto River, next to COSI.  Admission and parking are free to the event. Groups who want to race in the Dragon Boat event can visit to learn how to register and get more information.

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