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GTE AND TEAM III RACING TO EXPLORE AND INTRODUCE NEW COMMUNICATIONS AND SAFETY TECHNOLOGY AT THE NASCAR WINSTON CUP SERIES

 GTE AND TEAM III RACING TO EXPLORE AND INTRODUCE NEW COMMUNICATIONS
 AND SAFETY TECHNOLOGY AT THE NASCAR WINSTON CUP SERIES
 ATLANTA, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- GTE Mobile Communications and Team III Racing today announced that they are working toward an agreement to bring new communications and safety technology to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
 During the 1992 season, GTE plans to work with Team III Racing to develop two new products. The first product -- HelmetPhone(TM), a cellular-equipped racing helmet -- will offer increased driver safety by eliminating the need for the driver to push a button to talk with the pit crew.
 It also will allow full "duplex" communication (between two or more parties at the same time), without the static and time delay associated with other forms of racing communications.
 The second product -- on-board, real-time diagnostics -- would allow the pit crew to monitor vital functions on the race car as it travels around the race course during test sessions to enhance driver control and safety on race day.
 "These new leading-edge cellular products from GTE could bring a new level of control and safety to Winston Cup Racing," said Paul G. Kozlowski, president of GTE Mobile Communications.
 "GTE has gained its reputation as a telecommunications leader by putting information where people need it most. This is just another breakthrough example. We're gathering and transmitting vital information that previously a race team couldn't dream of obtaining. With this information in hand, we hope to see marked improvements in driver control, safety and communication throughout the 1992 season and beyond," Kozlowski said.
 Joe Whitley, vice president/general manager of Team III Racing, said: "This relationship with GTE Mobile Communications ushers in a new era of technology for NASCAR Winston Cup Racing. With these telecommunications technologies, we can improve driver control and safety. The entire team is very excited about GTE's planned involvement."
 Wireless Communications with Pit Crews
 With HelmetPhone, Team III driver Kenny Wallace will use a specially designed cellular headset built into his race helmet to talk to the pit crew. In effect, Wallace will talk with his pit crew over one cellular telephone conversation lasting the entire race. The headset -- which uses NEC cellular communications products -- employs full duplex sound and a unique noise-reduction microphone.
 HelmetPhone would also offer increased privacy. Monitoring of cellular transmissions is difficult and violates federal law. To further guarantee privacy, GTE Mobile Communications plans to unveil a portable scrambling device on HelmetPhone. Only the pit crew would be able to unscramble the driver's transmission.
 Diagnosing Race Cars using Cellular Technology
 The diagnostic system product uses a proprietary on-board computer originally developed for a NASA space-shuttle mission by GTE Laboratories. It would monitor vital safety functions throughout the car and transmit that information simultaneously via cellular technology to a laptop computer. The pit crew could then make adjustments to the car's chassis and engine according to the displayed information. Currently, NEC plans to provide the laptop computer and the cellular telephones for the on-board monitoring system.
 The goal is to introduce HelmetPhone during the Daytona 500 by STP at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 16, 1992. Testing on the initial version of the on-board, real-time diagnostic system also will begin at Daytona. Expansions to the system are planned throughout the 1992 Winston Cup Series.
 NEC Technologies, a leading supplier of computers, peripherals and CD-ROM software for the North American market, is a subsidiary of NEC Corp., a $26 billion manufacturer of computer, communications, semi-conductor and home-entertainment products.
 GTE Mobile Communications, a part of GTE Telecommunications Products & Services, provides support services to GTE's cellular interests -- GTE Mobilnet, a wholly-owned subsidiary and Contel Cellular Inc., a 90 percent-owned GTE company. GTE is a world leader in telecommunications, with combined revenues and sales in 1990 of $21.4 billion and net income of $1.7 billion. It is the largest U.S.-based local-telephone company and the second-largest cellular- service provider.
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 /CONTACT: Janet Henderson, 404-391-8357; or Dorea Akers, 203-965-3188, or after 6 p.m., 203-968-2360, both of GTE/
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