Spotlight Lexington volunteers to be featured on race car

Richard Petty Motorsports driver AJ Allmendinger joined Mayor Jim Newberry Tuesday to announce Lexington will honor Spotlight Lexington volunteers by emblazoning their names on the hood of the “Dinger’s” No. 43 Valvoline Ford Fusion.

The names will fly around the track at Talladega October 31, as part of the Sprint Cup series. On the final day of the festival, October 10, one lucky volunteer will win a car hood and two tickets to the race, Newberry said.

“We want our volunteers to understand how important they are to the success of Spotlight Lexington,” the Mayor said. As volunteer program sponsor, Valvoline will also provide each volunteer with a Spotlight Lexington special-branded Volunteer T-shirt.

Allmendinger’s No. 43 Valvoline Ford Fusion was on display during Tuesday’s news conference. Allmendinger joined Richard Petty Motorsports for the final five races of the 2008 season. In 2009 he had six top-10 finishes. This past weekend he finished 16th in the Brickyard 400.

Spotlight Lexington is the 17-day festival Lexington is planning downtown on evenings and weekends during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Spotlight Lexington is being entirely funded through sponsorships, Newberry said. “We have created opportunities for large and small sponsorships, and we want to thank all of the businesses that have already gotten involved,” he said. St. Joseph Health System is the title sponsor.

More volunteers are needed for Spotlight Lexington. To register to become a volunteer, or for more information, visit the Spotlight Lexington website at

The Games are now just 59 days away. Spotlight Lexington begins on Sept. 24, one day before the Games.

Valvoline is also getting involved in the Spotlight Lexington pin program, said Carolyn Richardson, chair of the Lexington Host Committee, which is planning Spotlight Lexington. The $5 pins, which provide discounts at almost 40 local businesses and restaurants, as well as free entry to selected days during Keeneland’s Fall Meet, also qualify some lucky purchasers for daily drawings. For a complete list of discounts go to

Valvoline is making a cowboy hat autographed by Richard Petty available as one of the daily prizes, Richardson said. The grand prize is a Honda Accord LX, provided by Don Jacobs Honda. Seventeen lucky pin purchasers who find a gold key in the envelope when they purchase their pin, will have a chance to draw for the car. One gold key has already been found.

Pins are available for $5 at all Lexington area Kroger stores, downtown at Commerce Lexington and at the Don Jacobs dealership on Nicholasville Road. Pins can be purchased in bulk at a discount. Proceeds benefit the Spotlight Lexington Festival, helping to make all events free and open to the public.

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