BUSCH: ppc Racing partners with Drive for Diversity in Mexico

ppc Racing Partners with Drive for Diversity® Program in Mexico (MOORESVILLE, N.C.) March 2, 2006 -- Hispanic driver, Michel Jourdain Jr. may not have a long history with the seven men and women that will go over the wall in Sunday's NASCAR...

ppc Racing Partners with Drive for Diversity® Program in Mexico

(MOORESVILLE, N.C.) March 2, 2006 -- Hispanic driver, Michel Jourdain Jr. may not have a long history with the seven men and women that will go over the wall in Sunday's NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) race in Mexico City, Mexico. The team he drives for, ppc Racing, has partnered with NASCAR's Drive for Diversity® (D4D) program to pit the No. 15 Roshfrans Ford Fusion on Sunday, March 5th at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. This is the first time ppc Racing, the 2000 NBS championship team, has partnered with the program.

"We are very pleased to partner with the Drive for Diversity® program," said Greg Pollex, owner of ppc Racing. "The team is an ethnic and gender diverse group of people, fully capable of giving Michel the competitive edge to win in his home country. We've selected Todd Gordon, a long-time and devoted employee of ppc Racing, as the team's crew chief. Todd and Michel have worked together and established great communication together, and with Michel's experience running on the road course, we really feel like a win is possible."

Those participating with ppc Racing and the Drive for Diversity® program are as follows:

Nicole Addison -- front tire changer; is the only female over-the-wall crew member in NASCAR's top-three series; currently the rear tire changer on ppc Racing's No. 10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International race team; a 2004 D4D participant

Emmanuel McDaniel -- front tire carrier; current D4D participant

John Boyd -- rear tire carrier; current D4D participant

Todd Gordon (crew chief), Eric Duncan (rear tire changer), Scott Simpson (gas man), Lee Kinsey (jack man), Sean Ramos (catch can), Steve Plattenberger (car chief), Bryant Noggle (scorer), Jose Antonio Tame (spotter) a Mexico City, Mexico native, and Adrienne (Daisy) Zonneville, the only female engine tuner in the NBS, make up the rest of the No. 15 Roshfrans Ford Fusion race team.

"We are really excited about this great occasion for Nicole, Emmanuel, and John. Our program is designed to offer opportunities for our participants in NASCAR and this partnership with ppc Racing is an example of the support we have gained for our talented participants," said Bryan Kryder, Program Director of the Drive for Diversity® program. "They have an experienced driver/crew chief combination, coupled with an able team going over the wall; ppc Racing is going to Mexico City to race for a win. We wish them the best."

-ppc

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