Caterpillar to sponsor Houston in 1999

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Dec. 11, 1998) The metamorphosis from rookie to veteran just got a whole lot easier for Andy Houston. Caterpillar Inc. announced it will be the primary sponsor of Andy Houston and Addington Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series beginning with the 1999 season. Caterpillar will use the sponsorship to promote The Cat Rental Stores owned by Caterpillar dealers throughout North America. Houston will be behind the wheel of the No. 60 Caterpillar Chevrolet truck when the season opens in Homestead, Fla., on March 20, 1999. This year, the 28-year-old Houston finished 12th in the series standings. He was runner-up for the Cintas Rookie of the Year Award and finished his first season with a win, a Bud Pole, six top-five finishes and nine top-10s. His father and team manager is veteran NASCAR driver Tommy Houston. Andy is a native and resident of Hickory, N.C. "Andy Houston, Addington Racing and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series are an excellent fit for promoting The Cat Rental Stores," said Greg Towles, director of Race Programs for Caterpillar. "The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series provides broad geographic reach and television coverage. Andy is one of the talented young drivers in NASCAR today, and he has a solid team behind him." Houston is excited about the new logos he'll be sporting on his truck and driver's uniform, too. "This has been a terrific year for me, my family, and the Addington Racing team," Houston said. "To win a race, win a pole, and finish in the top-12 in points during our first year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series says a lot about the hard work put in by our team and the leadership of our crew chief, Rick Ren. And now, to top off the year, we have a top-notch company -- Caterpillar -- as our primary sponsor. That makes the year complete." Mike Addington, of Ashland, Ky., is the owner of Addington Racing. He welcomes the addition of a sponsor the caliber of Caterpillar. "We are fortunate to be a part of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at a time when its popularity is growing," he said. "Our young race team has proven itself in its first year. This has allowed us to attract the sponsorship of a world-class company -- Caterpillar. Our goal for next year is to put The Cat Rental Store Chevrolet up front." The 1999 season marks Caterpillar's fifth year as a NASCAR sponsor. Last October, Caterpillar announced its sponsorship of the No. 22 Bill Davis Racing Pontiac, driven by Ward Burton in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Source: NASCAR Online