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SONIC® America's Drive-In® Puts Stamp on I-10 Rivalry Series




Aug. 19, 2010

The long-running I-10 rivalry series between University of Texas - El Paso (UTEP) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) will bear the name of SONIC® ® America's Drive-In® starting with the 2010-11 athletic year.

SONIC®, America's Drive-In® was announced as the title sponsor for the Battle of I-10 in a press conference on Thursday at the SONIC Drive-In in Anthony, N.M.

"SONIC has enjoyed a long-standing history with both schools and is excited to take that relationship to the next level to include the fans of New Mexico State, UTEP and SONIC," said Donna Volz, senior marketing director for The Merritt Group, the franchise group that owns and operates SONIC Drive-Ins in El Paso and Las Cruces.

The two-year partnership between the neighboring universities and SONIC Drive-Ins in El Paso and Las Cruces will encompass matchups in football, men's basketball and women's basketball. The Miners and Aggies will meet for the 88th time on the gridiron in El Paso on Sept. 18.

In the coming weeks, fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite team via each school's athletic website after receiving a special code on their SONIC receipt.

SONIC®, America's Drive-In® started as a hamburger and root beer stand in 1953 in Shawnee, Okla., called Top Hat Drive-In, and then changed its name to SONIC in 1959. The first drive-in to adopt the SONIC name is still serving customers in Stillwater, Okla. As the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, SONIC has more than 3,500 drive-ins coast to coast and serves approximately 3 million customers every day. With more drink combinations than any other quick-service restaurant - more than 168,000 - SONIC is Your Ultimate Drink Stop®. For more information about Sonic Corp. and its subsidiaries, visit SONIC at www.sonicdrivein.com. Through Limeades for Learning®, SONIC and its franchise partners donated more than $638,000 dollars last year to public school classrooms in local communities across the country. Visit www.limeadesforlearning.com to learn more about SONIC's commitment to education.