The race is on

Office Depot has announced a new promotion for its small business customers in five key market areas across the country.

The retail giant is offering small businesses in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami the opportunity to be named the Office Depot Official Small Business of the Race.

Each winning business will have its company name featured on the #99 Office Depot Ford driven by Carl Edwards in the Nascar Nextel Cup Series race located in their local market. Nascar hosts 1,800 racing events in 36 states at more than 110 tracks across the US.

The winner will also receive a $1,000 shopping spree at Depot and a VIP Nascar Nextel Cup weekend.

Tony Ueber, VP of marketing strategy for Office Depot, said: "Every aspect of our Nascar sponsorship is focused on involving the small business community in the sport that they helped support in the early days of racing."