Sovereign-Santander and Fernando Alonso - Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Driver, Ring NYSE Closing Bell to Commemorate Hurricane

 Sovereign-Santander and Fernando Alonso - Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Driver,
     Ring NYSE Closing Bell to Commemorate Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Sovereign|Santander presents donation to the American Red Cross

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2012

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Jorge Moran, President & CEO of
Sovereign Bank, and Santander U.S. Country Head today joined with Fernando
Alonso, Scuderia Ferrari Driver, to ring The Closing Bell at the New York
Stock Exchange (NYSE) to highlight their support of the American Red Cross
Hurricane disaster relief efforts. Sovereign-Santander donated $250,000 to
the American Red Cross to help those who have suffered as a result of the
storm and will match up to $500,000 for all donations made in
Sovereign-Santander branches by team members and clients of the bank.

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"Our hearts go out to those who have suffered from the devastation caused by
Hurricane Sandy," said Moran, who toured this morning the effects of the
Hurricane in the Barrier Islands of New Jersey as well as last week in Staten
Island, New York. "We are grateful for the opportunity to support the
American Red Cross as they bring relief to the victims of this natural
disaster, and we are honored to be here in New York to further support these

Over the weekend in Austin, Texas, Ferrari North America auctioned off a F12
Berlinetta to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief to benefit the American
Red Cross. The Berlinetta is the fastest and most powerful production car
ever launched by Ferrari, and officially goes on sale in the second quarter of

Following the 4:00 p.m. bell ringing, Moran presented Josh Lockwood, CEO of
American Red Cross of Greater New York Area with a $250,000 donation to the
Red Cross Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund. Sovereign-Santander also announced
that through Santander's relationship with Scuderia Ferrari and Fernando
Alonso they will be auctioning off Fernando's signed helmet online next week
with all proceeds being donated to the American Red Cross.

"These donations are part of our commitment to helping those in need in the
communities throughout Sovereign-Santander's footprint and beyond," said
Moran. We hope these donations will help bring life back to normal for so
many people", said Moran.

Sovereign-Santander team members impacted by Hurricane Sandy as well as local
business and community leaders were honored at an event following the ringing
of the bell to thank them for their tireless support to restore the
communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

To see video of Jorge Moran, President & CEO of Sovereign Bank, and Santander
U.S. Country Head with Fernando Alonso, Scuderia Ferrari Driver, ringing The
Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), please click on the
following link:

About Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari is the only constructor to have competed in every single edition of
the World Drivers' Championship (commonly known as Formula 1) since its
creation in 1950. For many years now it has also been the only team to build
every part of its single-seaters in-house: chassis, engine, gearbox,
suspension. By the end of 2011, Ferrari had won a total of 15 Drivers' and 16
Constructors' titles. It also holds the record for the greatest number of
wins (219), pole positions (207) and fastest laps (228). A total of 71
drivers have driven officially for Ferrari in Formula 1, 37 of whom have won
at least one Grand Prix. It should be pointed out that the World
Constructors' title was only established in 1958. Had it been created in the
same year as the Drivers' title, Ferrari would have won it in 1951, 1952,
1953, 1954 and 1956 too.

About Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso was born in Oviedo on 29^th July 1981. His father had dreamed
as a child of racing karts and he tried to instill this passion in his eldest
daughter, Lorena, who at the age of eight tried her hand in a kart built by
her father. It was not a great success, so it was time for little Fernando to
have a go at the tender age of three.

Thus began a career that would lead to the Formula 1 World Championship Titles
in 2005 and 2006.

He began to make his mark at an international level: third in the '95 World
Championship and first the following year. In 1997, the young Spaniard took
the titles in his home country and in Italy in the Inter-A category: he took
the former title again in 1998, when he also came second in the European
championship. This performance earned him a seat in the Formula Nissan Campos
team and won the championship the first time out.

On the 13^th of December 1999, at Jerez, the Minardi team gave Fernando his
first taste of driving a Formula 1 car. In 2002, his manager, Flavio
Friatore, secured him the role of test driver for Renault, which would prove
useful experience. In 2004, he took his first title in 2005, with one round
remaining, after a duel with Kimi Raikkonen's McLaren, winning seven races on
the way. He did the double months later, again in Brazil, but this time
battling a rival by the name of Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari. In 2007, his
move to McLaren ended prematurely. Fernando won four Grands Prix, with the
title going down to a three-way battle with teammate Hamilton and eventual
winner Raikkonen in the Ferrari. Fernando's second stint at Renault was not
so successful. After a difficult start, 2008 ended with two good wins in
Singapore and Fuji, while 2009 was a barren year in which he finished ninth in
the championship.

September 30, 2009 marks the date that Alonso announced his move to Ferrari.
In his debut season with Ferrari, Alonso finished ten times on the podium,
including five wins. At the final round in Abu Dhabi he missed out on the
Driver's title by the smallest of margins.

In 2011, the Spaniard drove his second season with Scuderia Ferrari, finishing
fourth in the Drivers' championship, with ten podiums and one win in the
British Grand Prix to his name, a win that came 60 years after the Scuderia's
maiden Formula 1 victory, taken by Jose Froilan Gonzalez.

Alonso is now heading into the last race of the 2012 season in Sao Paulo,
Brazil where he will battle with Sebastian Vettel for the World Championship.

About Santander Holdings USA, Sovereign Bank and Banco Santander

Santander Holdings USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco Santander,
S.A., and parent company of Sovereign Bank, N.A. Banco Santander is a retail
and commercial global bank, with a presence in 10 main markets: U.S., Germany,
UK, Poland, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Spain and Portugal. Founded in
1857, Santander has more than 102 million customers, approximately 14,500
branches – more than any other international bank – and 188,000 employees.
Santander was recently recognized as the Best Global Bank in 2012 by Euromoney
magazine. For more information on Santander, visit

Sovereign Bank, N.A. is among the top 25 banks in the United States with
principal presence in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Sovereign has
721 branches, 2,195 ATMs and over 8,800 team members. Sovereign Bank's
principal regulator is the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).
Sovereign Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank System and the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC"). For more information on Sovereign
Bank, visit or call 877-SOV-BANK.

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