During the upcoming IHRA Universal Technical Institute World Finals at Rockingham Dragway -- October 20-22

OCTOBER 16, 2006 -- RALEIGH, NC -- After years of dedication and hard work in the motorsports arena, Candyce Marsh has realized her goal of earning her Professional Drag Racing License. Marsh will compete in the professional category called Pro Modified. She will make her debut as a Professional Racecar driver during the upcoming IHRA Universal Technical Institute World Finals at Rockingham Dragway -- October 20-22.

"The journey of obtaining my professional license has been an experience. Everything I have done both on and off the racetrack has been in an effort to reach this goal and advancing my racing career. It presented challenges that I overcame and opportunities that were well worth the end result." said Marsh. "I've worked hard to prove myself as a professional sportsman, and, I'm grateful for having a dedicated group of individuals with the right expertise to help me to reach this accomplishment."

One of the criteria that Marsh had to meet in order to successfully reach her professional status was establishing a solid race program. Marsh also had to work to substantiate herself as a competitor by aligning herself with industry leaders. Throughout the years, she has been able to present a professional image through securing a professionally built racecar, transporter, and building relationships with world-renowned parts manufacturers. In addition, she partnered with ACDelco sponsored Harold Martin, who is recognized internationally for his technological advancements in motorsports. As a professional engine builder, Martin expanded Marsh's race program to include his revolutionary electronic fuel injected engines; thereby, enhancing her race car's capabilities.

"We've watched Candyce grow over the years and we're very excited to see her professional debut at the World Finals," said IHRA President Aaron Polburn. "She's worked her way to the top."

As part of the preparation for the World Finals, Marsh's team will be pulling together a competitive program they feel will ultimately drive them to the finish line. "It is an honor to be able to compete with some of the best professional drivers in the world. We know we have to be ready with our best."

Marsh, a Raleigh, North Carolina native, is always excited about racing at 'THE ROCK'. A few hours from home, she is expecting friends and family to share in the excitement of the weekend's events. "We are pumped about this weekend and showing our best to our hometown crowd," says Marsh.

In addition, early assessments are indicating that Marsh could be the First African American Female in the history of drag racing to become a professional race car driver. With numerous accomplishments already under her belt, Marsh could easily become the next "Tiger Woods" of motorsports.

Some of those accomplishments include: Being one of very few female race car owners and driver

Transitioning into the Top Sportsman class (2000).

Setting the bar among her fellow competitors by qualifying in the number 1 position at two national events, a feat no other driver was able to accomplish during the 2005-racing season.

Receiving the 2005 Trailblazer Award by AFDIM at Lowe's Motor Speedway

Being selected as Driver of the month, (2005)

Qualifying number ONE at the 3rd Annual Motor City Nationals (2005).

Qualifying number ONE at the 4th Annual AC Delco Canadian Nationals (2005).

In addition to the many advances within motorsports, Marsh has made tremendous strides in achieving her educational goals. In May of 2003, Marsh graduated with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Elon University in Burlington, North Carolina. In May of 2005, she continued her education and graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with her Master's degree in Industrial Technology.

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