Lincoln Electric - "The Welding Experts," with North American Regional Headquarters located in Cleveland, Ohio, has been named as the Offical Welders for USAC. Employing 7,000 worldwide, Lincoln Electric has manufacturing sites in 18 countries, with 11 distribution centers in North America alone. Founded in 1895, Lincoln Electric takes pride in its "Century of Excellence" and is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products. They are committed to providing the most innovative, cost-effective, quality welding and cutting solutions. As the Official Welders of NASCAR and the IRL, Lincoln Electric has maintained a high profile in the motorsports industry and is excited about extending that profile with their new involvement in short-track, open-wheel racing through USAC. "Motorsports has been one of our proudest commitments," says company motorsports representative Phil Fulgenzi, "and we look forward to this new association with USAC. Obviously, open wheel-racing demands on racing equipment are tremendous and we are excited about being a part of this unique racing family." USAC Director of Marketing and Sales Steve Farmer adds: "It's a pleasure for us to announce this new program for our series and participants and we welcome the quality that Lincoln Electric Company's products and services will provide to USAC and competitors for many years to come."