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January 15, 2010

Auction Starts For First Rides On Record-Breaking Carowinds Roller Coaster

Charlotte, N.C. — Bidding has begun for the first public ride on Carowinds' $23-million Intimdator roller coaster. The new attraction inspired by racing legend Dale Earnhardt is the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in the Southeast.

Carowinds is partnering with the Dale Earnhardt Foundation to host this first rider auction on March 27, 2010 with proceeds benefiting local charities.

"Not only are we thrilled to debut this mammoth scream machine to coaster enthusiasts and Dale fans alike, we are also very excited to partner with the Dale Earnhardt Foundation to make a difference in our communities," said Bart Kinzel, Carowinds' General Manager and Vice President.

The mission of the Dale Earnhardt Foundation is to "Continue The Legend™" and legacy of Dale Earnhardt through charitable programs and grants that sustain his lifelong commitment to Children, Education and Environmental/Wildlife Preservation.

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the first ride auction will go directly to the Dale Earnhardt Foundation to benefit key organizations in the community that focus on children and education, such as JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central & Western North Carolina, and the American Red Cross. The funds raised will also benefit charitable programs headed by the Dale Earnhardt Foundation.

"We are delighted to partner with Carowinds to commemorate Dale's legacy with the Intimidator roller coaster," said Teresa Earnhardt of Dale Earnhardt Incorporated. "As we 'Continue The Legend' with the Dale Earnhardt Foundation we are especially pleased that through our efforts several other worthy charities stand to benefit as well."

Bidding starts at $50 per seat for each seat in the first three trains to leave the station. The first public ride will take place on March 27, opening day for Carowinds 2010 season.

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