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Wine Spectator Online - April 17, 2007

You may consider NASCAR to be the domain of tank tops, bad hairdos and beer drinking, but one Napa Valley wine producer (not to mention Richard Childress and Mike Skinner) is trying to change the beer-drinking part of the equation. Bennett Lane Winery owner Randy Lynch has recently announced a two-year partnership with Sonoma, Calif.'s Infineon Raceway, in which his winery will be the title sponsor of the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Series West Event. The raceway will also begin serving Bennett Lane Maximus and Cabernet Sauvignon by the glass. Lynch, himself a former amateur racecar driver, is no stranger to the racetrack. He currently owns a NASCAR West division team, whose No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery car won the 2007 West Series championship. This year Lynch's wife, Lisa Lynch, will be heading up a second Bennett Lane team, represented by the No. 24 Maximus, which will compete against the No. 2 Bennett Lane car. Unfiltered is still working out the kinks on its own racecar, which will feature a wine fridge in the trunk, a cork dashboard and an engine that runs on grape pomace.

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