Denver sponsor agreement extended

MOPAR EXTENDS TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF NHRA POWERade DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT IN DENVER; REPRESENTS ONE OF LONGEST RUNNING TITLE RIGHTS SPONSORSHIPS IN NHRA HISTORY POMONA, Calif. (April 24, 2006) -- Mopar, a long-time sponsor of NHRA drag racing,...

MOPAR EXTENDS TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF NHRA POWERade DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT IN DENVER; REPRESENTS ONE OF LONGEST RUNNING TITLE RIGHTS SPONSORSHIPS IN NHRA HISTORY

POMONA, Calif. (April 24, 2006) -- Mopar, a long-time sponsor of NHRA drag racing, has renewed its multi-year agreement with NHRA to continue as title-rights sponsor of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event held annually at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, NHRA officials announced today.

With this extension, Mopar holds one of the longest continuous title rights sponsorships on the NHRA POWERade circuit.

"Sponsoring an event such as the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals is an opportunity for Mopar to showcase our authentic motorsports programs," said Kevin Miller, senior manager, Mopar Brand, Performance and Motorsports. "Working with a group like the staff of Bandimere Speedway allows Mopar to give competitors and fans alike a first-class racing product. A premier event like the one at Bandimere Speedway represents what Mopar's racing endeavors encompass: the longevity and staying power of the sport."

The 27th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 14-16, 2006 is the 13th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The event, which will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD, is the first of a three-race western swing that always proves critical for NHRA teams chasing NHRA POWERade Series championships in all four professional categories.

"Relationships, trust and results are the key ingredients to the longevity of Mopar's sponsorship with the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals," said John C. Bandimere Jr., president, Bandimere Speedway. "We feel blessed to be able to work side by side with our partners at Mopar. It is exciting to have a sponsor that is innovative in all that they do, which includes our race in Denver."

Mopar also is the primary sponsor for multiple NHRA Pro Stock entries and drivers, including Gary Scelzi, Richie Stevens, Shaun Carlson and Allen Johnson.

Tickets are available for the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. For more information, call (800) 664-UWIN, or log on to www.nhra.com or bandimere.com.

"Strong relationships with major sponsors like Mopar have laid a foundation for continued growth of NHRA," said Gary Darcy, senior vice president, sales and marketing, NHRA. "We are proud of the long-standing partnership between Mopar, Bandimere Speedway and NHRA. Clearly this association speaks volumes to the value of sponsorship of NHRA."

Mopar is based in Center Line, Mich., and is the exclusive original equipment supplier of parts and accessories for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA has 80,000 racers and members nationwide and 140 member tracks. NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the Street Legal Program presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

-nhra

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