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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2011
Contact: Brenda Flores-Dollar, TxDOT; (512) 486-5904
AUSTIN – Daryn Metzler, a garage door repair technician from Katy, Texas, said he could not believe his ears when he received the call notifying him that he had won a new, clean-running Ford Fusion Hybrid.
Metzler won the car through his participation in an online sweepstakes organized by Drive Clean Texas, a statewide air quality public education campaign that encourages motorists to do their part to help reduce air pollution in our state.
"After seeing the hybrid car giveaway advertised on television during a Cowboys game, I fired up my laptop and entered on the spot," explained Metzler, who added that the message of the Drive Clean campaign resonated with him.
"As a business owner, I'm a very cautious person, and because I have to drive a lot for work, I've always taken extra care to maintain my vehicles so that they will last longer. This new Ford Fusion Hybrid is going to be a welcome cost-saving resource, which I'll drive for both business and personal use."
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Stephen McGee (left) presents keys to a new Ford Fusion Hybrid to Daryn Metzler of Katy, TX and his wife Lora following the team's practice session at its Valley Ranch headquarters.
Metzler, chosen in a random drawing from among almost 29,000 entries, was presented with the keys to his new hybrid sedan this morning by Dallas Cowboys' quarterback and former Texas A&M University star Stephen McGee, following the team's practice session at its Valley Ranch headquarters. Drive Clean campaign representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) joined Metzler at the Cowboys' headquarters, along with partners from the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, which provided the vehicle on behalf of the clean air campaign.
"We are so excited to see this car go to a motorist like Daryn Metzler," said Mark Marek, Director of TxDOT's Environmental Division. "Driving a hybrid vehicle is among the things drivers can do to help reduce vehicle emissions. We wish Daryn many happy years of driving clean."
TxDOT reminds drivers that all of us taking a few simple steps can go a long way toward reducing air pollution. Those steps include keeping tires properly inflated, replacing dirty air and fuel filters, and getting regular oil changes.
More clean air tips and other information about air quality can be found at the campaign's website, www.DriveCleanAcrossTexas.org.