Roush announces McMurray's 2007 sponsor lineup

Crown Royal and IRWIN Industrial Tools return to the No. 26 Roush Racing team in 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Season CONCORD, N.C. (December 7, 2006) - Roush Racing announced today the 2007 racing schedule for the No. 26 Ford Fusion driven by Jamie ...

Crown Royal and IRWIN Industrial Tools return to the No. 26 Roush Racing team in 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Season

CONCORD, N.C. (December 7, 2006) - Roush Racing announced today the 2007 racing schedule for the No. 26 Ford Fusion driven by Jamie McMurray. Next year's roster will include 28 races with Crown Royal and 10 races with IRWIN Industrial Tools on the No. 26 Ford. The first race for Crown Royal will be the season-opening Daytona 500. IRWIN Industrial Tools will run its first race on March 18th at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"It's great to have Crown Royal and IRWIN Industrial Tools back on the No. 26 car in 2007," McMurray said. "The commitment and dedication they have shown to this team is beyond words, and everyone on the team is just really excited to have these two great sponsors on board again with us.

"It's been a really rewarding experience to help both Crown Royal and IRWIN Industrial Tools with initiatives such as the 'Safe Rides Home' program. And with IRWIN Tools I have been able to attend tradeshows and visit some historic factories where the workers love watching and supporting the No. 26 car every weekend. It's very cool to be a part of these programs, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to help promote these world-class brands to the millions of NASCAR fans."

IRWIN Industrial Tools was the primary sponsor for 11 races in 2006. The best finish for McMurray piloting the IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion came at Dover International Speedway on June 4, 2006, where he posted a season-high finish of second place.

"Everyone at IRWIN Industrial Tools is extremely excited about the 2007 season and continuing our strong support for Jamie McMurray and the entire No. 26 Roush Racing team," said Eric Pinkham, Director of Motorsports, Newell-Rubbermaid. "We look forward to a fresh start and are already eager to get started."

During the 2006 season, McMurray ran 18 races in the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion. McMurray's best finish in the Crown Royal paint scheme came at Watkins Glen, where he posted a third-place finish.

"We are excited to have Jamie McMurray behind the wheel of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion for a second year," said Jim Lorenz, Senior Brand Manager, Crown Royal. "With a new paint scheme, more primary races than ever and exciting programming that will bring more attention to the brand's 'Be A Champion. Drink Responsibly.' message, Crown Royal is primed for an exciting 2007 season." <pre> Below is the lineup for the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season: 2/18 Daytona Crown Royal 2/25 California Crown Royal 3/11 Las Vegas Crown Royal 3/18 Atlanta IRWIN Industrial Tools 3/25 Bristol Crown Royal 4/1 Martinsville IRWIN Industrial Tools 4/15 Texas Crown Royal 4/21 Phoenix Crown Royal 4/29 Talladega Crown Royal 5/5 Richmond Crown Royal 5/12 Darlington Crown Royal 5/19 All-Star Crown Royal 5/27 Charlotte IRWIN Industrial Tools 6/3 Dover Crown Royal 6/10 Pocono Crown Royal 6/17 Michigan Crown Royal 6/24 Sonoma Crown Royal 7/1 New Hampshire IRWIN Industrial Tools 7/7 Daytona IRWIN Industrial Tools 7/15 Chicago Crown Royal 7/29 Indianapolis Crown Royal 8/5 Pocono Crown Royal 8/12 Watkins Glen Crown Royal 8/19 Michigan IRWIN Industrial Tools 8/25 Bristol IRWIN Industrial Tools 9/2 California Crown Royal 9/8 Richmond Crown Royal 9/16 New Hampshire Crown Royal 9/23 Dover IRWIN Industrial Tools 9/30 Kansas Crown Royal 10/7 Talladega IRWIN Industrial Tools 10/13 Charlotte Crown Royal 10/21 Martinsville Crown Royal 10/28 Atlanta Crown Royal 11/3 Texas Crown Royal 11/11 Phoenix IRWIN Industrial Tools 11/18 Homestead Crown Royal

</pre> About Diageo
Crown Royal is proudly owned by Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O), the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines, and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines. Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 200 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com. Celebrating life, every day, everywhere, responsibly.

About IRWIN Industrial Tools
IRWIN Industrial Tools' brand portfolio features user-preferred category leaders such as IRWIN®, VISE-GRIP® locking tools, MARATHON® circular saw blades, QUICK-GRIP® clamping tools, SPEEDBOR® flat bits, STRAIT-LINE® marking tools, UNIBIT® step drill bits and HANSON® taps and dies. For more information about IRWIN's line of hand tools and power tool accessories, call 1-800-GO-IRWIN or visit www.irwin.com.

About Roush Racing
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Enterprises which operates 14 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn, and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan, Erik Darnell and Michel Jourdain, Jr.

-credit: www.roushracing.com

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Danny O'Quinn , Mark Martin , Michel Jourdain