I.M.C.A. offers benefits to drivers, track promoters through Valvoline Cup

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Dec. 14, 2001) - The International Motor Contest Association announced today that it will enroll all of its nearly 7,000 member drivers for competition in the newly-formed Valvoline Cup grassroots racing national points championship for the 2002 racing season.

Through the Valvoline Cup, licensed I.M.C.A. Modified, Late Model, Sprint Car, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers will compete against thousands of other drivers from across the United States who compete in similar racing classes at other tracks, and with other sanctioning groups.

Valvoline Cup classes that correspond to the above I.M.C.A. classes include Modified, Dirt Late Model, Sprint Car, Dirt Stock and Entry Level.

"I.M.C.A., its drivers and promoters are very thankful for the support that Valvoline has displayed for grassroots racing," said I.M.C.A. President Kathy Root. "It is a big step forward when a company as large and well-respected as Valvoline recognizes the value we have to offer our promoters, fans and drivers."

"We are honored to have the participation of I.M.C.A. and all of their drivers in the Valvoline Cup," said Charles Booth, CEO of RaceFan, Inc, a motorsports marketing company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. "As the largest and oldest sanctioning body of grassroots racing, I.M.C.A. is a natural fit for this program, which is intended to reward weekly grassroots racers for their hard work and dedication."

I.M.C.A. was organized in 1915 and is the oldest active automobile racing sanctioning body in the United States. The I.M.C.A. has become known for their economy modified, with a one-tire rule and their well-known $375 engine claim, offering the grandstand enthusiast the ability to afford to strap on the safety belts and have a realistic opportunity to compete and win feature events. The other four I.M.C.A. divisions also incorporate these philosophies and are continuing to see excellent growth.

The Valvoline Cup is only the latest evidence of Valvoline's support of grassroots racers. Valvoline is a contingency sponsor in NHRA drag racing, and for the past six years has been the number one choice of motor oil by NHRA Sportsman-class racers at NHRA Pro events.

For the past 17 years, Valvoline has sponsored the national championships for the Sports Car Club of America, the SCCA Valvoline Runoffs.

The launch of the Valvoline Cup includes special Valvoline Night promotions at hundreds of tracks across the United States. Each of the more than 150 I.M.C.A.-sanctioned tracks will have the opportunity to host a Valvoline Night promotion and the opportunity for drivers to sign up for the Valvoline Cup.

RaceFan Marketing will implement each of the Valvoline Night promotions at all participating tracks during the 2002 racing season. Drivers will earn points toward the Valvoline Cup championship for all races that they compete in.

Drivers can call 1-877-302-0290, e-mail customercare@valvolinecup.com or visit www.valvolinecup.com for more information.