BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Dec. 14, 2007) -- Antron Brown will again familiarize himself with the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster when the David Powers-owned Top Fuel team begins its off season testing program at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway on Dec. 17.

Brown and the Lee Beard-led team will test at the historic Florida drag strip Dec. 17-19 as Brown continues to acclimate himself to the Top Fuel dragster. The 16-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle winner competed in the popular two-wheel category the past 10 years before being named to drive the Matco-backed rail in November. Brown twice was a championship runner-up in the bike class.

"I'm real anxious and can't wait to get started with our test session in Florida," Brown said. "I'm excited to work with our new crew at the race track. I feel we have an all star cast of crew members led by Lee Beard. We're having a great time at the shop, but we really want to fire-up this Matco Tools dragster. Our goal is to get my Top Fuel license and make some really consistent laps in the dragster."

Since making the moved to David Powers Motorsports, Brown visits the team's Brownsburg, Ind. race shop on a daily basis getting acquainted with his new ride and crew members. He and Beard have quickly developed a positive rapport that they believe will lead to immediate on-track success.

"It's exciting to have a driver who comes to the shop on a daily basis," Beard said. "Antron (Brown) not only handles all of the sponsor relations, but is very motivated to learn as much as possible about the mechanical aspects of the car which will ultimately make him a great driver."

Following the conclusion of the 2007 NHRA season, Beard and Powers restructured the Matco Tools team and have added some of the top technicians in the industry to its roster. The team elevated veteran crew member Rip Reynolds to the assistant crew chief role and have acquired a group of talented crew members including Mike Domagala, Ed Serauskis, Brad Mason, Wayne Waite and Chris Abbott.

"This is a group that will give the Matco car the ability to compete for the championship starting at the first race of the season," Beard added.

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