EchoPark Automotive Tampa Announces Student Mural Contest Winners

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TAMPA, Florida–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EchoPark Automotive Tampa is pleased to announce the winners of its student mural contest to celebrate cars and the importance they play in our everyday lives. The aim of the competition was for art students from Howard W. Blake High School to develop designs for a mural on the exterior wall of the car dealership. EchoPark Tampa is located at 4636 N. Dale Mabry Highway, and the mural will be highly visible to passing cars on the busy road. Eighty-eight college students submitted their visual interpretations of cars in today’s culture with a nod to Tampa.

The finalists’ designs were posted on Instagram for public voting. The artists with the top three designs with the most votes will receive a commission, and their designs will be blended into a single mural.

The winners are:

Valentina Sarrin – 11and Grade

Philip Woodside – 11and Grade

Vittoria Haynes – 11and Grade

“The arts enrich our lives, our communities and connect us all,” said David Smith, CEO of Sonic Automotive. “It is inspiring to see the creativity, energy and new vision of our industry reflected in the mural submissions, and we are thrilled to share the winning designs with our guests and the Tampa community.

The mural will be painted by a local artist carlos ponsand EchoPark Tampa partnered with Blake High School art teachers Molly Dressel and Linda Galgani to have their students enter the contest.

“Community involvement is at the heart of our business,” said Todd DeVoogel, general manager of EchoPark Tampa. “We thought having a mural designed and executed by local students and a local artist would be a great project that injects energy into the community.”

Painting of the mural begins this month and is expected to take 45 days. All students who entered the competition will have the chance to participate in a day of mural painting under the mentorship of Carlos Pons. EchoPark is also donating to the art department at Blake High School. The school’s program includes a performing arts and visual arts magnet program in which any student in the Hillsborough County Public School District can audition to attend.

“EchoPark has been a wonderful partner in this project,” said Molly Dressel, art teacher at Blake High School. “I’m so happy that our students had the chance to participate in this creative way of expressing the intersection of travel (cars) and art.”

Carlos Pons is a painter and multimedia artist currently working in the Tampa Bay area. Born in Guatemala City, he is a self-taught artist whose work reflects the illusion of reality and human experience. His murals can be seen in the Orlando and Tampa Bay areas.

EchoPark Automotive is owned by Sonic Automotive, Inc.a Fortune 500 company and one of the nation’s largest automotive retailers.

An EchoPark Tampa mural unveiling event will take place once the piece is complete.

Photos of the mural contest winners and their winning works are available upon request.

About EchoPark Automotive

EchoPark Automotive is one of the fastest growing and most comprehensive retailers of nearly new used vehicles in America today. Our plan for rapid growth is expected to bring our unique business model to 90% of the US population by 2025, using one of the most innovative technology-enabled sales strategies in our industry. Our approach provides a personalized and proven customer-centric buying process that consistently delivers award-winning customer experiences and superior value to car buyers nationwide, with savings of up to $3,000 over competetion. We believe EchoPark is on track to become the #1 retailer in the near-new used vehicle market by 2025, and is already making its mark by winning DealerRater’s 2021 Consumer Satisfaction Award, expanding its proprietary experience centers, developing an all-new digital e-commerce platform and focusing on growing its brand nationwide. EchoPark’s mission is in its name: Every VSar deserves one Hto apply Oowner. This boosts the car buying experience for customers and differentiates EchoPark from the competition. More information about EchoPark Automotive can be found at www.echopark.com.

About Sonic Automotive

Sonic Automotive, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Charlotte, NC, is on a quest to become America’s most valuable automotive retailer and service brand. Our company culture thrives on creating, innovating and delivering cutting-edge customer experiences, driven by strategic investments in technology, teammates and ideas that ultimately make dreams come true. ownership, enrich lives and bring happiness to our customers and teammates. As one of America’s largest automotive retailers, we are committed to achieving this goal while pursuing expansive growth and taking incremental steps to be the leader in this category. Our new platforms, programs and people are ready to drive the next generation of automotive experiences. For more information on Sonic Automotive, visit www.sonicautomotive.com and ir.sonicautomotive.com.

Forward-looking statements

This document contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding expected future U.S. population coverage for EchoPark, forecasts of future revenues and forecasts of future unit sales volumes. Many factors affect management’s view of future events and trends in the Company’s business. These factors involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or trends to differ materially from management’s views, including, without limitation, economic conditions in the markets in which we operate, the volume of new and used vehicle industry sales, the anticipated future growth of our EchoPark segment, the success of our operating strategies, the pace and timing of overall economic expansion or contraction, the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and government-imposed restrictions on operations, and the risk factors described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and other reports and information filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking information except as required under federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the SEC.

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