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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Sept. 12, 2011 – After four years in the Miss Sprint Cup program, Monica Palumbo has notified Sprint that 2011 will be her last in the role that has made her one of the most recognizable faces in NASCAR.
“I've been Miss Sprint Cup for four years, experienced everything under the sun, and I am forever grateful to have held on to this role for so long,” said Palumbo. “It has been a dream job, but you just know when it’s time to close one chapter and begin a new one, so I recently let Sprint know this will be my final season. I am looking forward to the next challenge and the next opportunity. I always knew my job as Miss Sprint Cup wouldn’t last forever, but it will forever be a part of me.”
Fans will have the opportunity to meet Palumbo at a number of races during the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, including Chicagoland Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Fans are encouraged to stop by the Sprint Experience, located in the display area at every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, for photos and autographs with Palumbo as she closes out her final season as Miss Sprint Cup.
To find a complete list of her schedule and to post memories of and messages to Palumbo, fans should visit Facebook.com/MissSprintCup and Twitter.com/MissSprintCup.
Palumbo has become synonymous with the Miss Sprint Cup program to many fans and industry members, with a warmth and character that endears her to everyone she meets.
“For many fans, Monica Palumbo is Miss Sprint Cup,” said Tim Considine, director of sports marketing for Sprint. “She’s been a tremendous representative for Sprint and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series during the past four years. There was never a time where she was too busy for the fans, always taking an extra moment to pose for a picture, sign an autograph, or just spend a few minutes talking with anyone who approached her. We sincerely hate to see her go, and we thank her for everything she’s done for Sprint and the Miss Sprint Cup program. We wish her all the best and are excited to see what her future holds.”