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19-year old driver in NASCARâ„¢s Drive for Diversity program chosen to represent Nationwide

Columbus, OH — As part of Nationwideâ„¢s support to increase diversity within the sport of racing, the company is participating in NASCARâ„¢s Å“Drive for Diversity  initiative. Michael Cherry, a 19-year old rookie from Valrico, Fla., has been chosen to represent Nationwide Insurance. Entering its sixth season, Drive for Diversity is NASCARâ„¢s leading on-track diversity initiative. The program is designed to give young minority and female drivers the opportunity to compete with established teams at the grassroots level. Nationwide Insurance agent Carlo White will team up with Cherry who will race in the Whelen All-American for Addis Motorsports at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in . Cherry was rookie of the year in 2008 at Motor Mile Speedway in the Late Model division and finished fourth in the point stand ings. What: Cherry, along with Terrance Williams, regional of the southern region for Nationwide and Carlo White, Nationwide agent and sponsor of Cherryâ„¢s race team, available for x interviews on Friday, March 6, 2009 from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For interested in setting up interviews, contact Lisa at 614-677-2296 or via email at [email protected].

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