BROWN AND GILMORE TO ATTEND NYSE OPENING BELL CEREMONY ON JUNE 10 NEW YORK (June 9, 2009) - NHRA has been invited to ring the Opening Bell on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on June 10, 2009. Antron Brown leads a banner list of NHRA stars...
BROWN AND GILMORE TO ATTEND NYSE OPENING BELL CEREMONY ON JUNE 10
NEW YORK (June 9, 2009) - NHRA has been invited to ring the Opening Bell on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on June 10, 2009. Antron Brown leads a banner list of NHRA stars that will be at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Matco Tools Vice President Tim Gilmore will attend the opening bell ceremony on behalf of Danaher Corp. and Matco Tools.
NHRA president Tom Compton will be joined in ringing the bell by Coca-Cola/Full Throttle executives Bea Perez and Ben Reiling and IMG President George Pyne.
Other NHRA drivers expected to participate in the Opening Bell and/or the day's Car Show/Fan Fest in front of the NYSE include Morgan Lucas (Geico/Berkshire-Hathaway), Bob Tasca (Ford), Tony Pedregon (Q Horsepower/Royal Dutch Shell), Eddie Krawiec (Harley-Davidson) and Karen Stoffer (Geico/Berkshire-Hathaway).
"This is a tremendous opportunity and we are very pleased that the NHRA has invited Matco Tools to attend the opening bell ceremony," Gilmore said. "Matco Tools has a long-standing relationship with the NHRA and we're excited about our partnership with Mike Ashley Racing and Antron Brown. The Englishtown (N.J.) is one of the more prestigious events on the NHRA schedule and this is a great kick-off to an exciting race weekend."
"I'm honored and blessed that NHRA has asked me to attend the opening bell ceremony," Brown added. "It's an awesome opportunity to showcase our great sport of NHRA drag racing to a whole new audience."
NHRA also will be hosting a fan fest in front of the NYSE that is scheduled to being at 11 a.m. The street will be shut down to accommodate the Matco Tools dragster, Geico Powersports dragster, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson and Geico Suzuki. Full Throttle will present a themed NHRA Full Throttle Series banner on the facade of the NYSE
To watch the bell-ringing live, visit www.nyx.com at 9:29 a.m. (ET) on June 10, 2009.