AUTOTRADER.COM EXTENDS RACE SPONSORSHIP DEALS

Car-Buying Web Site Follows Nascar, Signs on for Tour de France

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DETROIT (AdAge.com) -- AutoTrader.com, Atlanta, is following its partner Nascar from News Corp's Fox to the racing association's broadcast on NBC and TNT.

Nascar, which just completed the first half of its racing season on Fox, will now be carried by General Electric's NBC and AOL Time Warner's TNT.

The online auto-buying

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service remains the named sponsor of Nascar's post-race show for the rest of the racing season, which runs through Nov. 17. The marketer will also get title sponsorship of special segments highlighting "bold" driving maneuvers.

Separately, AutoTrader.com for the second consecutive year is also an advertiser on Viacom's CBS for the network's coverage of the Tour de France cycling race.

According to Taylor Nelson Sofres' CMR, AutoTrader.com spent $7 million in measured media in the first quarter of 2002.

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