Seven Zebras Stolen Sunday from Atlanta Motor Speedway
Monday, November 1, 2004
In a case that has left speedway officials baffled, seven custom-made zebras were stolen during the night Sunday from the grassy area above turns 1 and 3 of Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Six of the zebras were approximately 8 feet tall and 15 feet long. Of those six, three were grazing and three were upright. The seventh zebra was approximately 8 feet tall and 4 feet long. Approximate value for the zebras is $11,200.
All seven zebras were placed in the grassy areas overlooking turns 1 and 3 at Atlanta Motor Speedway prior to the start of the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend. They were created for Warner Brothers Films and Alcon Entertainment to use in promotional events for the upcoming release of the movie Racing Stripes.
Following Sunday¿s Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, all seven zebras were stolen.
Tony Loiacono, president and CEO of The Next Box, a marketing company for Warner Brothers, reported the incident on Monday morning.
¿We had planned to use these zebras at all of our upcoming Racing Stripes events to help support the film, and we had also had a request to send one of the zebras to the Victory Junction Gang Camp when we were finished with them,¿ Loiacono said. ¿We¿re really hoping to find them, because we don¿t have enough time to create a whole new herd.¿
Atlanta Motor Speedway is asking for the cooperation of its fans for the safe return of these seven zebras. AMS President Ed Clark has offered a reward of two tickets to the March 20 Golden Corral 500 for anyone leading to the safe return of these valuable zebras.
¿We know that race fans are decent and honest people, and they¿ll bring these back once they realize how important they are to the folks at Racing Stripes and the Victory Junction Gang,¿ Clark said.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Loiacono at (760) 533-4434.