Allstate ends sponsorship of Allstate 400

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Allstate Corp. is ending its sponsorship of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard following a 5-year run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The announcement comes in the wake of this year's race, during which large pockets of empty seats were evident during the race and an estimated crowd of about 180,000 turned out.

The company says its decision was not motivated by the speedway's performance, but by the company's desire to expand its college football and Olympic sponsorships.

Speedway spokesman Ron Green says officials at the track are disappointed but understand the decision in light of the nation's struggling economy.

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