Washington, D.C.  20549

Current Report Pursuant
to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
August 12, 2004

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

DELAWARE                  0-19649               58-1654960
(State or other         (Commission           (IRS Employer
jurisdiction of          File Number)      Identification No.)

(Address of principal executive offices)     (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code
(813) 283-7000

Former name or former address (if changed since last report)


On August 12, 2004, the Registrant issued
a news release entitled "Checkers Drive-In
Restaurants Inks another Sponsorship -
Rally's now Official Burger of the
Indianapolis Colts(R)", a copy of which
is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.


Pursuant to the requirements of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to
be signed on its behalf by the undersigned
hereunto duly authorized.


Name:   Keith E. Sirois
Title:  Director, CEO and President
Dated:  August 12, 2004


Exhibit Number	Description

99.1	Press Release, dated August 12, 2004

Exhibit 99.1


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CONTACT:	Kim Francis
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Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inks
another Sponsorship - Rally's now
Official Burger of the Indianapolis Colts(R)

TAMPA, FL -  August 12, 2004 - Checkers
Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHKR),
the nation's largest double drive-thru chain,
today announced a multi-year Official Burger
sponsorship of the Indianapolis Colts(R) NFL(R) team.

"Checkers Drive-In Restaurants is proud to
announce our partnership with the Indianapolis
Colts and Rally's," said Keith E. Sirois,
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. "We
have strategically partnered with the Colts
because of our substantial and continued
re-investment in developing the Indianapolis

The Company has already re-imaged 13 Rally's
locations throughout Indianapolis and recently
opened a new location. By the end of the year,
approximately 20 re-imaging projects should be
complete with additional new stores either
opened or under construction. The investment
in the market will exceed $4 million, and is
expected to create nearly 350 new jobs in the area.

"The Indianapolis market is a showcase of our
brand's greatest strengths, and represents
business initiatives that are taking place in
our Company and Franchised markets throughout
the country," added Sirois. "From new stores
and remodels to exciting sports and community
activation programs, Checkers/Rally's is an
energized brand with great business results
and real momentum for the future."

The Official Burger sponsorship is a multi-year
agreement. As the Official Burger of the Colts,
Rally's will be featured on a variety of radio
and television broadcasts, be visible on signage
and special video features throughout the RCA
Dome, and advertise in the "Scout," which is
distributed free to fans as they enter the stadium.

"Our sports marketing initiatives help us deliver
excitement and great brand awareness to all of
our key stakeholders, from customers and
employees, to franchisees and investors,"
said Richard S. Turer, Vice President of
Marketing at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants,
Inc. "While supporting our stores locally in
Indianapolis, our sponsorship of the Indianapolis
Colts, the Indy 500(R) and NASCAR's(R) Brickyard 400(R)
helps to deliver our successful brand image to
our customers in markets throughout the Midwest
and beyond."

A special Colts Combo, which includes a Bacon
Swiss Double Cheeseburger, large fries, and a
large Coke(R) in a Colts collectible cup, will be
available starting next week at participating
Rally's locations. To support the sponsorship,
Rally's will air a customized Colts version of
its award-winning "You Gotta Eat(SM)" campaign
throughout the season.

"We are very pleased that Rally's is joining
our team," said Bob Terpening, Executive Vice
President of the Indianapolis Colts. "This is
a great opportunity for the Colts to be fully
engaged with our fans throughout the community
at Rally's restaurants, and the sponsorship
will give our fans new ways to get excited
about the team."

Rally's will be the title sponsor of the Colts
first regular season home opener game against
the Green Bay Packers(R) on September 26, 2004,
and will give away a Rally's/Colts collectible
cup to the first 60,000 fans to enter the stadium.

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. continues
to have much success with NFL team sponsorships
and sports marketing in general. Its current
affiliations include the Indianapolis Colts,
the Miami Dolphins(R), the Louisville Cardinals(R),
the Tampa Bay Devil Rays(R), the Indianapolis 500(R)
and the Brickyard 400(R).

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. (
is the largest double drive-thru restaurant
chain in the United States. The Company
develops, produces, owns, operates and
franchises quick service "double drive-thru"

Except for historical information, this
announcement contains "forward-looking" and
"Safe Harbor" statements within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933,
as amended, Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These
forward-looking and Safe Harbor statements reflect
management's expectations based upon currently
available information and data; however, actual
results are subject to future events and uncertainties,
which could cause actual results to materially
differ from those projected in these statements.

Further information regarding factors that could
affect the company's financial and other results
is included in the company's Forms 10Q and 10K,
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.