989 Sports' Formula One 2001™ for PlayStation®2 Accelerates Its Marketing Programs Around the Formula One United States Grand Prix

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. - 07/17/2000

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) Inc. announced today its marketing programs for the 989 Sports'™ branded Formula One 2001™, exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. During the week of September 24, in conjunction with the Formula One United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis, SCEA will kick off a variety of sport promotions with Benetton Formula 1 driver, Jenson Button and a national multi-million dollar advertising campaign.

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At the U.S. Grand Prix, SCEA will host the PlayStation Formula One American Challenge Competition co-sponsored by Best Buy, as well as provide consumer sampling opportunities of Formula One 2001 before its North American release via the "PlayStation 2 Touring Attraction." The "PlayStation 2 Touring Attraction" -- a 68-foot truck filled with PlayStation 2 kiosks showcasing Formula One 2001 and other PlayStation 2 software titles, will be stationed in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout race weekend. The winner of the PlayStation Formula One 2001 American Challenge Competition on Formula One 2001 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system will race against Benetton Formula 1 driver, Jenson Button.

For the next few months, advertising efforts for Formula One 2001 will include a feature in the broad-based 989 Sports' brand national TV campaign running via network, cable and syndication targeted at sports programming. In addition, there will be a dedicated national print campaign targeted at gaming, consumer and automotive publications as well as online banner advertising.

"As the American public awaits the second annual U.S. Grand Prix, we want to extend that enthusiasm before and after the race with Formula One 2001," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "For many Formula One fans who cannot attend the race, Formula One 2001 is the next best thing to being there!"

"From our consumer challenge to sampling on the 'PlayStation 2 Touring Attraction,' the U.S. Grand Prix is the heart of American Formula One enthusiasm," said Sharon Shapiro, director, promotions, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "Our efforts during race weekend will extend that enthusiasm into the living room on PlayStation 2."

PlayStation Formula One 2001 American Challenge Competition

Sony Computer Entertainment America will hold the first annual Formula One American Challenge Competition during the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis. The challenge will include consumers racing for a top lap time on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Formula One 2001 for a chance to race against Benetton Formula 1 driver, Jenson Button. Four finalists will be determined at two locations. The first location will be at the Castleton Best Buy store in Indianapolis, Indiana (5820 East 82nd Street). The trial at Best Buy will be conducted on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and two finalists will be selected. The second location will be at the "PlayStation 2 Touring Attraction" in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The trial will be conducted on Friday, September 28 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (one winner determined at 4:30 p.m.) and Saturday, September 29 from 7:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. (one winner determined at 1:00 p.m.). The four finalists will race against each other on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Formula One 2001 for PlayStation 2 on Saturday evening at a private location to race against Button in the final competition.

"PlayStation 2 Touring Attraction"

In addition to hosting the Formula One 2001 American Challenge Competition, the 68-foot "PlayStation 2 Touring Attraction" will be stationed in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on: Friday, September 28 (7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.), Saturday, September 29 (7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, September 30 (6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.).

About Formula One 2001

Formula One 2001 is a racing simulation game based on true Formula One racing - the most popular racing series worldwide. Players can select from 11 different F1 teams, including Ferrari, McLaren (Mercedes), Williams (BMW) and Benetton (Renault). Formula One 2001 further delivers the authentic F1 experience by allowing gamers to choose their favorite team driver. Each driver has their own unique attributes that simulate their real-life skills, whether it's their aggressive nature on the track, their tendency to drive fast in the rain or their ability to efficiently manage their tire wear and car preservation. Formula One 2001 also features all 17 authentic Grand Prix tracks, complete with every detail from Monaco to our very own -- Indianapolis.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Formula One 2001 "E" for Everyone. For more information about the ESRB visit http://www.esrb.org/.

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