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For nine months, thousands of Sonic® Drive-In team members have competed in a series of intense individual and team challenges as part of Sonic’s annual premier training program, the Dr. Pepper Sonic Games, to be recognized as the country’s best drive-in teams. Sonic has announced the Final 12 teams who lead by example and work together to deliver the unique Sonic experience to drive-in guests.

Corsicana's Sonic Drive-In at 1700 West 7th Ave. has made the list along with drive-ins from across the United States.

The 12 drive-in teams will travel to Austin, Texas in September for an all-expense paid trip to the annual Sonic National Convention, where a final competition will be held to determine the best drive-in in the country. The top three drive-ins will be awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal in front of the convention’s thousands of attendees, and individual medals will be awarded in each category.

For 25 years, Sonic implemented Dr. Pepper Sonic Games as a training tool that motivates team members while giving Sonic the opportunity to recognize participants on both individual and team levels.

To date, team members have completed more than 1.9 million minutes of additional training designed to build teamwork, improve overall drive-in operations and help them deliver exceptional guest experiences. Drive-in teams were tested in the following specific areas: Food Safety, Switchboard: Order Taking, Fountain: Drink Preparation, Ice Cream: Frozen Treat Preparation, Dresser, Grill and Swamp: Food Preparation, Carhop: Guest Service & Delivery, and Monthly Promotions.

“Thousands of drive-in teams have participated in Dr. Pepper Sonic Games since its inception in 1994, each playing a vital role in creating memorable experiences for Sonic guests,” said Kevin Knutson, senior director of operations services for Sonic. “The dedication and passion our Final 12 teams highlight Sonic’s unique work culture and their devotion to go above and beyond.

“From the beginning, 25 years ago, Dr. Pepper has sponsored Sonic’s one-of-a-kind performance improvement and training program for drive-ins across the country,” said Blaine Wood, director of sales for Dr Pepper. “Together, we have given Sonic team members the tools and resources to rise and become masters in their specific stations to have a positive impact on our guests.”


SONIC, founded in 1953, is the largest drive-in restaurant brand in the United States with more than 3,600 restaurants. SONIC is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit SonicDriveIn.com and InspireBrands.com

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