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Team Lipton make first appearance on the Daytona 500 track

Kasey Kahne prepares for Daytona 500 by cycling with all-female cycling squad.

Englewood Cliffs, N.J. -- The Daytona International Speedway has been known for creating legends and setting record-breaking speeds. For the first time ever, legends on two wheels, all-female professional cyclists TEAm Lipton, will circle the Speedway on their bikes, showing how less rubber can still bring excitement to the track and the roar of the crowd.

TEAm Lipton members Grace Fleury, Kristen LaSasso and Liza Rachetto will be cycling the record-setting lap on February 19th, just hours before four-wheeled chargers hit the course. Although the cyclists won’t be going at the same blistering speed as the racecars, they will be pedaling at a rapid pace showing their pure speed and endurance. As some of the few females on the Daytona International Speedway, TEAm Lipton will be showing they can maneuver and draft on each other just as well as their male counterparts on four wheels.

Earlier this year, the team helped one of NACAR’s most popular drivers, Kasey Kahne, prepare for the Daytona 500. Kahne and TEAm Lipton have been cycling together to help build Kahne’s endurance and sharpen his mental alertness for the race. By training in another sport, cycling, to prepare for a motor race Kasey has a promising edge for the race. Few athletes take a two – sport approach to training but Kasey believes both sports bring the level of competitiveness that helps drive athletes to a higher level.

Kasey and the TEAm are so passionate about the importance of good preparedness for any challenge – on two wheels or four – that they are ambassadors for the Lipton Live Well Challenge, a campaign to help people get out of their cars, or off their couches, and be active with a sport such as cycling along with beginning a healthy diet regimen that includes drinking three servings of Lipton tea a day.

“Whether you’re circling the Daytona 500 at 200 mph in a car or 20 mph on a bike, its important to have proper health and fitness training, “ said Kahne. “By cycling with the Lipton team and leading the Lipton Live Well Challenge I hope I can inspire others to live better and feel better with a healthy lifestyle.”

Key dates at Daytona

For visitors of Daytona, Kasey Kahne will be showing his cycling strength on Wednesday, February 15 from 10 –11 AM EST at the FanZone and training with TEAm Lipton on Friday, February 17 from 11 – 12 PM EST in the FanZone. TEAm Lipton’s historic cycling lap will take place about two hours before the Daytona 500 on February 19, 2006.

To learn more about TEAm Lipton and the Lipton Live Well Challenge, visit www.lipton.com.

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