EchoPark Automotive Tampa announces winners of student mural competition

The local artist will incorporate the winning designs into the mural of the exterior wall of the car dealership

Tampa, Florida, May 09, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ecopark Automotive Tampa is pleased to announce the winners of a student mural competition to celebrate cars and the importance they play in our daily lives. The goal of the competition was for art students at Howard W. Blake High School to develop mural designs on the exterior wall of a 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 students provided their visual interpretations of cars in today’s culture with a nod to Tampa.

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Mural rendering by Vitoria Heinz (Photo: Business Wire)

The finalists’ designs have been posted to Instagram for public voting. A commission will be awarded to the artists from the top three designs with the most votes, and their designs will be combined into one mural.

The winners are:

Valentina Sarin – 11y rank
Philip Woodside – 11y rank
Vitoria Heinz – 11y rank

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

The mural will be painted by local artist Carlos Ponce, and Ecopark Tampa teamed up with Blake High School art teachers Molly Dressel and Linda Galgani to get their students to participate in the competition.

“Community engagement is at the core of our business,” said Todd DeVogel, General Manager, EchoPark Tampa. “We felt that having a mural designed and executed by local students and a local artist would be a great project that injects energy into the community.”

The mural begins this month and is expected to take 45 days to complete. All students who participated in the competition will have the opportunity to participate in a mural painting day under the supervision of Carlos Ponce. EchoPark also makes a donation to the arts department at Blake High School. The school’s curriculum includes the Magnet for the Performing and Visual Arts program where any student in the Hillsborough County Public School District can audition for attendance.

“EchoPark has been a tremendous partner on this project,” said Molly Dressel, Blake High School art teacher. “I am so pleased that our students got the opportunity to participate in this creative way of expressing the intersection of (cars) travel and art.”

Carlos Ponce is an illustrator and multimedia artist currently based 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 throughout the Orlando and Tampa Bay areas.

EchoPark Automotive is owned by Sonic Automotive, Inc. , a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest auto retailers in the country.

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

Pictures of the Mural Contest winners and their winning entries are available upon request.

About EchoPark Auto

EchoPark Automotive is one of the fastest growing and most comprehensive retailers of virtually new used cars 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-driven sales strategies in our industry. Our approach provides a personalized, proven guest-centric buying process that consistently delivers award-winning, high-value guest experiences to car buyers nationwide, while saving up to $3,000 against the competition. We believe EchoPark is on its way to becoming the #1 retailer in the nearly new used car market by 2025, and has already started to make its mark by winning the 2021 DealerRater Consumer Satisfaction Award, expanding owner experience centers, developing an all-new digital e-commerce platform and focus On developing its brand nationwide. EchoPark mission in its name: Hvery cen deserve a happy aWinner. This drives the car buying experience for guests and sets EchoPark apart from the competition. More information about EchoPark Automotive can be found at

About Sonic Cars

Sonic Automotive, Inc. , a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, has grown to become America’s most valuable automotive retailer and service brand. Our corporate culture thrives by creating, innovating, and delivering industry-leading guest experiences, driven by strategic investments in technology, teammates, and ideas that ultimately realize ownership dreams, enrich lives, and delight our guests and teammates. As one of America’s largest auto retailers, we are committed to achieving this goal while striving for broad growth and incremental measures to be the leader in this segment. Our new platforms, programs, and people are set up to lead the next generation of automotive experiences. More information about Sonic Automotive can be found at and

forward-looking statements

Forward-looking statements are included, including statements regarding EchoPark’s expected future US population coverage, projected future revenue expectations, and projections of future retail unit sales volumes. There are many factors that influence management’s opinions about the future events and directions of the company’s business. These factors include risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or trends to differ materially from management’s views, including, but not limited to, economic conditions in the markets in which we operate, sales of new and used motor vehicles, and projected future growth of the EchoPark division. . , the success of our operating strategies, the rate and timing of the overall economic expansion or contraction, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government restrictions on operations, 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 submitted to the Committee Securities and Exchanges (“SEC”). The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information, except as required by federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Heath Bird, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 2400-566-704
Danny Welland, Vice President, Investor Relations 704-927-3462
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