Pro Bike sponsor extended

RINGERS GLOVES RAISES STAKES FOR PRO BIKE BATTLE GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18, 2006) -- NHRA officials announced today during a press conference at Gainesville Raceway that Ringers Gloves has extended its sponsorship of the Ringers Gloves Pro...

RINGERS GLOVES RAISES STAKES FOR PRO BIKE BATTLE

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18, 2006) -- NHRA officials announced today during a press conference at Gainesville Raceway that Ringers Gloves has extended its sponsorship of the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle through the 2010 season and will boost the overall event payout to $76,000.

The Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle, a race-within-a-race bonus program for the season's best Pro Stock Motorcycle racers, is contested during the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the world's most prestigious drag race. The eight Pro Stock Motorcycle riders who qualify for the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle will have the opportunity to earn more money thorough an increased awards payout, which includes a $61,000 race payout and $15,000 in qualifying bonuses throughout the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle series.

With the increased payout structure, the winner of the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle will earn $25,000; the runner-up $10,000; the two semifinalists $6,000 each; and the four first round finishers $3,500 apiece.

"We are pleased to extend our sponsorship of the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle through the end of this decade," said Kenny Dolenak, president of Ringers Gloves. "More importantly, we are thrilled to be able to significantly increase the race purse, which adds more excitement and anticipation to this bonus program for the Pro Stock Motorcycle community."

Each of the No. 1 qualifiers at the 15 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events that feature Pro Stock Motorcycle will earn $1,000 as part of the bonus program. Riders will earn points during qualifying at the 15 events in order to earn one of the eight starting positions for the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle. Riders started earning points for the 2006 Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle, which will be contested Sept. 2 at IRP, at the 2005 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and will continue to earn points through the 2006 O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park.

In the comprehensive NHRA sponsorship program, Ringers Gloves will be recognized as an NHRA official sponsor, and also participate as a major NHRA contingency sponsor.

"This is absolutely one of the marquee attractions each season for our Pro Stock Motorcycle racers," said Gary Darcy, senior vice president of sales and marketing, NHRA. "With Ringer Gloves' continued support of this competitive bonus program through 2010 and its increased purse structure, we're guaranteed many more thrilling side-by-side races in the future. The Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle definitely adds a level of drama and intrigue to the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and provides the best showcase in the world of professional motorcycle drag racing."

GT Tonglet rode his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle victory last season. Other past winners of the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle include Andrew Hines, Craig Treble, Reggie Showers, Shawn Gann, Antron Brown and Matt Hines, a four-time winner.

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Drivers Antron Brown , Matt Hines , Reggie Showers , Shawn Gann , Andrew Hines , GT Tonglet