Citizens Bank To Sponsor NEXTEL Cup Series Race

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One of the largest banks headquartered in the state of Michigan will take center stage at Michigan International Speedway on June 17 for the running of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Citizens Bank 400 on Father's Day weekend. The strategic alliance between MIS and Citizens Bank, a subsidiary of Citizens Republic Bancorp (NASDAQ:CRBC), also makes Citizens Bank the "Official Bank of Michigan International Speedway" in 2007. "We're proud to have one of the largest banking corporations in the state of Michigan sponsor our NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Father's Day," Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis said. "It's only fitting that they are teaming up with the largest sporting event in the state. The bonus for us and for race fans is that they are Michigan-based and have numerous locations throughout Michigan, including MIS' hometown of Brooklyn." Citizens Bank will have in-market, promotional rights and benefits for the June NEXTEL Cup Series weekend, as well as premium signage around the MIS property during the campaign. "This is an exciting time for Citizens," said William R. Hartman, chief executive officer of Citizens Republic Bancorp. "We recently completed our merger with Republic Bancorp Inc. and significantly expanded our presence in the Midwest. Very soon, Citizens Republic Bancorp will be the largest bank holding company headquartered in Michigan. And now, we are aligning with the largest sports venue in the state of Michigan to present the Citizens Bank 400. We are equally proud to be the official bank of Michigan International Speedway. "This sponsorship is perfect for us because Michigan International Speedway is as committed to creating an extraordinary fan experience as we are to ensuring an extraordinary client experience by offering the right products and services to meet our clients' financial needs," Hartman concluded. Tickets are still available for the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or by visiting www.MISpeedway.com. About Citizens Republic Bancorp Citizens Republic Bancorp is a diversified financial services company providing a wide range of commercial, consumer, mortgage banking, trust and financial planning services to a broad client base. Citizens Republic Bancorp serves communities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana as Citizens Bank and Republic Bank and in Iowa as F&M Bank, with 270 offices and 287 ATMs. Citizens Republic Bancorp is the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Michigan with roots dating back to 1871. Citizens Republic is the 43rd largest bank holding company headquartered in the United States with $14.0 billion in assets. More information about Citizens Republic Bancorp is available at www.citizensbanking.com. About Michigan International Speedway Michigan International Speedway is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events at 12 major motorsports facilities annually. To purchase tickets to events at MIS, or for more information, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.

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