Dakar: Ronn Bailey Motorsports signs tire sponsor

GOODYEAR TIRE SPONSORS RONN BAILEY MOTORSPORTS IN DAKAR RALLY OFF ROAD RACE First Sponsorship for Goodyear in the Longest, Most Grueling Off-Road Competition from Lisbon to Dakar, Senegal DAKAR RALLY, LISBON, January 5, 2006 -- Ronn Bailey ...

GOODYEAR TIRE SPONSORS RONN BAILEY MOTORSPORTS IN DAKAR RALLY OFF ROAD RACE

First Sponsorship for Goodyear in the Longest, Most Grueling Off-Road Competition from Lisbon to Dakar, Senegal

DAKAR RALLY, LISBON, January 5, 2006 -- Ronn Bailey Motorsports today announced that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is sponsoring the amateur racing outfit in their bid to finish the Lisbon-Dakar 2007 rally, the world's longest, toughest, and most dangerous off-road race, from January 6-21st 2007.

Goodyear has been involved in racing for more than 100 years, and today is the exclusive tire supplier to the fastest growing segment of motorsports including NASCAR's top three series -- Nextel Cup, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck. Their tires are also used in drag racing, short track dirt and asphalt sports racing, as well as Formula SAE.

As part of the sponsorship agreement, Goodyear will provide customized tires that have been tested on the Team Buggy in rigorous desert conditions, rocky terrain and slippery sand dunes.

The upcoming Dakar will only be the ninth off road race and marks the third attempt at the Dakar for Ronn Bailey, owner/driver of Ronn Bailey Motorsports, and CEO/CTO of Vanguard Integrity Professionals, and his co-pilot, Kevin Heath, the CEO of Electra Motorsports.

"It is truly an unusual honor for a world class racing tire company like Goodyear to make an investment in our amateur U.S. team and agree to share their resources, racing know-how and tire technology," Bailey explains. "Working together, we believe we'll have a significant edge where the rubber meets the road."

This year, Bailey created Ronn Bailey Motorsports, opening a state-of-the art-racing facility in Boulder City to build a buggy that would be highly competitive and finish the Dakar 2007. Bailey had a successful year racing as he won the

Special evening rally and was solidly in first place during the Caliente 250 before an accident knocked him out of the race. Bailey kicked off the 2006 season with an impressive second place finish in the Buffalo Bills 400.

-credit: rbm

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Series Dakar
Drivers Ronn Bailey , Kevin Heath