OFFICE DEPOT INVITES CHICAGO AREA SMALL BUSINESSES TO PROMOTE THEIR COMPANY AT CHICAGOLAND NASCAR RACE

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Local Area Businesses Given Chance to be ‘Official Small Business of the Race'

Delray Beach, Fla., June 13, 2005 – Thanks to Office Depot, small businesses in the Chicago area are getting the chance to promote their company in a unique and exciting way. Office Depot (NYSE:ODP), a leading global provider of office products and services and the "Official Office Products Partner of NASCAR" is offering Chicago area small businesses the opportunity to be named the "Office Depot Official Small Business of the Race" for the USG Sheetrock 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.

As the "Office Depot Official Small Business of the Race," the winning small business will have its company name featured on the No. 99 Office Depot Ford, driven by Carl Edwards in the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 10 (NBC 3 p.m.) The winner will also receive a $1,000 Office Depot Shopping Spree, a VIP NASCAR Nextel Cup weekend experience at the race and a small business makeover featuring apparel and an office facility upgrade courtesy of Cintas. Office Depot's "Official Small Business of the Race" promotion ends on June 30. Customers can enter now by filling out a form at computer workstations at any of the participating Office Depot stores, or online at: www.officedepotracing.com.

"It’s clear that our core small business customer is not only passionate about racing, but also very interested in marketing and promoting their own businesses in an impactful way," said Tony Ueber, Vice President of Marketing Strategy for Office Depot. "This promotion gives a local small business an opportunity to truly differentiate their company in the marketplace and also leverage the tremendous visibility and exposure from being on the No. 99 Office Depot Ford during the race."

"We are very excited to be teaming up with Office Depot to offer small businesses in the Chicago area the opportunity to be part of the USG Sheetrock 400," said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. "As one of the premier sporting facilities and events in one of the largest racing markets, we feel this promotion is a great way for small businesses to maximize exposure by leveraging the size and scope of NASCAR, an opportunity typically utilized by big businesses."

Office Depot recently opened its 1,000th North American store in the Chicago suburb of Countryside, IL. The Company now has 45 stores in Illinois, which will be involved in the "Office Depot Official Small Business of the Race" sweepstakes. The promotion is open to small businesses with no more than 99 employees. No purchase is necessary. A complete set of rules and restrictions can be found at: http://www.officedepotracing.com.

Office Depot and NASCAR Office Depot is the “Official Office Products Partner of NASCAR” and the primary sponsor of Roush Racing’s No. 99 Office Depot Ford driven by Carl Edwards in the NEXTEL Cup Series. Office Depot is Track Sponsor for races at seven International Speedway Corporation (ISC) tracks including Daytona International Speedway, California Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Watkins Glen International, Martinsville Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Additionally, Office Depot is a Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (NYSE:TRK) sponsor at Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

About Office Depot With annual sales approaching $14 billion, Office Depot provides more office products and services to more customers in more countries than any other company. Incorporated in 1986 and headquartered in Delray Beach,

Florida, Office Depot conducts business in 23 countries and employs 47,000 people worldwide. The Company operates under the Office Depot®, Viking Office Products®, Viking Direct®, Guilbert®, and Tech Depot® brand names.

Office Depot is a leader in every distribution channel - from retail stores and contract delivery to catalogs and e-commerce. With $3.1 billion in online sales in FY’04, the Company is the world’s number three Internet retailer. As of March 26, 2005, Office Depot has 995 retail stores in North America in addition to a national business-to-business delivery network supported by 22 delivery centers and more than 60 local sales offices. Internationally, the Company conducts wholly-owned operations in 14 countries through 77 retail stores and 26 distribution centers, and operates 153 retail stores under joint venture and license arrangements in another seven countries.

The company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index. Additional press information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com.

About Chicagoland Speedway Chicagoland Speedway, along with its sister-track Route 66 Raceway, make up Joliet, Illinois’ 1,300-acre, multi-purpose motorsports facility located on Historic Route 66 – Illinois’ largest sporting facility. Chicagoland Speedway, which has been in operation since 2001, is a $130 million, 1.5-mile D-shaped tri-oval speedway located adjacent to Route 66 Raceway. Chicagoland Speedway annually hosts NASCAR in July, as well as ARCA and IRL in September. Chicagoland Speedway also hosts several driving schools. Route 66 Raceway, which provides world-class entertainment for all types of racing fans, is a multimillion-dollar complex that includes a 1/4-mile, stadium-style drag strip and 1/2-mile dirt oval track. Since opening its doors in 1998, Route 66 Raceway has continued to host a wide variety of events. Route 66 Raceway’s 1/2-mile dirt oval track annually hosts Team Demolition Derbies, AMA Flat Track Championship racing, World of Outlaws and Monster Truck shows. Route 66 Raceway’s 1/4-mile drag strip annually hosts two NHRA POWERade Drag Racing National events, Jr. Dragsters, car shows, bracket racing, test n’ tunes and much more.

About Roush Racing Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia Mich., based Roush Industries that operates 10 motor sports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.

About NASCAR The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has a broad reach with 1,800 racing events in 36 states at more than 110 tracks. Among major professional sports, NASCAR ranks number one in corporate involvement and per-event attendance, and number two in television viewership. The sanctioning body for stock car racing is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in New York City (Corporate Marketing), Los Angeles (Broadcasting Media and Entertainment), Charlotte, N.C., (Licensing and Aftermarket), Concord, N.C., (Research and Development Center), Mexico City, and Toronto.

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