Etchells Announces MaMa Rosa's Pizza Sponsorship

For Immediate Release CHUCK ETCHELLS READY TO DELIVER FOR MAMA ROSA'S PIZZA IN 1998 SIDNEY, OH, January 5, 1998 - Gilardi Foods, Inc., parent company of MaMa Rosa's Pizza, today announced that they would be joining Chuck Etchells Racing, Inc.

For Immediate Release

CHUCK ETCHELLS READY TO DELIVER FOR MAMA ROSA'S PIZZA IN 1998

SIDNEY, OH, January 5, 1998 - Gilardi Foods, Inc., parent company of MaMa Rosa's Pizza, today announced that they would be joining Chuck Etchells Racing, Inc. as an associate sponsor for the National Hot Rod Association's 1998 Winston Drag Racing season. Although this represents the fourth year of participation in the NHRA for the Sidney, Ohio-based company, it will be their first venture into the Funny Car division.

"We are excited to be moving up to the Funny Cars and joining forces with Chuck Etchells Racing in 1998," said Mike Murphy, Gilardi Foods' Director of Marketing. "Our involvement with the NHRA has not only been an effective sales tool, but our race team's performance has become a source of pride for all our Gilardi Foods associates. We can't wait to see the Kendall/MaMa Rosa's Pizza Camaro Funny Car rocket down the track, starting in Pomona!"

Etchells, 43, of Putnam, Connecticut, is one of the stalwarts of the Funny Car division. His fourth place finish in 1997 made him one of only two drivers to have finished in the Top Five in the Winston Drag Racing season's points standings in each of the last six years. In 1993, he forever etched his name into the NHRA record books with the first four-second pass in a Funny Car at Topeka, Kansas. He has ten NHRA national event victories to his credit, including last year's Pennzoil Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond. The team will again be under the guidance of noted crew chiefs Tim and Kim Richards, and will debut a new 1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 at the Winternationals in Pomona.

"The Chuck Etchells Racing team is thrilled to have MaMa Rosa's Pizza on board for 1998," said Etchells. "We look forward to working with the Gilardi Foods people, and introducing them to the world of the nitro Funny Cars. We're aiming to sell a lot of pizza and hopefully win a lot of races!"

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