Pontiac and GMC will Return as Official Vehicles of NHRA 13th season for Pontiac, 19th for GMC DETROIT, June 30, 2007 - Pontiac-GMC announced today that it will return in 2008 as Official Car and Official Truck of the NHRA. It will mark the 13th...
Pontiac and GMC will Return as Official Vehicles of NHRA
13th season for Pontiac, 19th for GMC
DETROIT, June 30, 2007 - Pontiac-GMC announced today that it will return in 2008 as Official Car and Official Truck of the NHRA. It will mark the 13th consecutive season that Pontiac has served as the Official Car of the series and the 19th year for GMC as Official Truck.
"The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series continues to be an outstanding forum to showcase the quality and performance of the automobile designed for action," said Jim Bunnell, divisional general manager, Buick-Pontiac-GMC. "Pontiac is proud to return as the Official Car of the NHRA, and we look forward to continuing our growing relationship with the nation's premier drag racing series and its fans for years to come.
"GMC's 19 year affiliation with NHRA is its longest-running promotional platform ever. For a celebrated brand known for Professional Grade trucks, and its association with the legendary Safety Safari, GMC is a perfect fit as the Official Truck of the National Hot Rod Association."
Since becoming the Official Car of NHRA in 1996, championships and national records have become a common theme for Pontiac on the 23-event NHRA POWERade tour. In 2006, the Detroit-based automobile manufacturer tallied 12 national-event victories, 27 final-round appearances, 19 No. 1 qualifying awards, and a combined 34 new track elapsed-time and top-speed records set by five different competitors driving a GTO (Jason Line, Greg Anderson, Mike Edwards, Jim Yates and Warren Johnson). Three drivers in GTOs placed in the top five of the POWERade points standings with a total of five Pontiac drivers finishing in the top 10. Pontiac proudly claimed its fourth straight Pro Stock driver's title (its ninth NHRA Pro Stock title since 1996) with the crowning of Jason Line as the 2006 champion.
Through 10 events in 2007, Pontiac driver Greg Anderson has won six national events and Jason Line has won one. Pontiac drivers have also advanced to a total of 11 final rounds and earned eight No. 1 qualifying awards. In March, at the ACDelco Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway, Anderson's Pontiac set a new national elapsed-time record of 6.536 seconds while teammate Jason Line's GTO established a new national speed mark of 211.69 mph. During that same event, Anderson's Pontiac also became the first NHRA Pro Stock car to exceed the 210 mph barrier when it exited the speed traps at 211.20 mph.
"Pontiac-GMC has become synonymous with the sport of NHRA Drag Racing," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "Clearly, over the last two decades, they have seen the incredible value of association with NHRA and the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series and, in turn, we are proud to be associated with Pontiac-GMC and look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come."
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the 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. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, and the NHRA Street Legal Drags presented by AAA. The NHRA also offers the O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths 8 to 17.
As the Official Car of the National Hot Rod Association, Pontiac provides support vehicles for administrative and on-site personnel of the NHRA. As the Official Truck, GMC also provides support vehicles for NHRA staff, and GMC Sierras and Yukons for the NHRA Safety Safari allowing them to perform their important trackside duties. Pontiac-GMC will continue to explore new and innovative ways to make attending an NHRA event an even more exciting experience for the loyal fans, competitors and supporters who are essential to the sport of drag racing.
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