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FULL THROTTLE ENERGY DRINK REVS IT UP WITH TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF NHRA'S TOP SERIES Brand's First Major Sports Association Includes Extension of Coca-Cola North America and NHRA Partnership Through 2013 Full Throttle to Succeed POWERade in...


Brand's First Major Sports Association Includes Extension of Coca-Cola North America and NHRA Partnership Through 2013

Full Throttle to Succeed POWERade in 2009

Atlanta, April 25, 2008 -- In the world of heads-up professional drag racing, perhaps nothing exemplifies the dog-eat-dog nature of the sport better than words, "Go Full Throttle or Go Home!"

Beginning in 2009, that's exactly how NHRA's top professional series will be branded, as Coca-Cola North America's Full Throttle energy drink succeeds POWERade as the title sponsor of NHRA's premier professional drag racing series. It's the first major sports marketing play for the beverage Company's lead energy drink.

The association between NHRA and Coca-Cola North America, with support from Coca-Cola Enterprises, includes a two-year partnership extension through the 2013 season, representing one of the longest running series sponsorships in motorsports. The new series will be called the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

"It's one of the great synergies of brand and sport," said NHRA President Tom Compton, who orchestrated the original deal with Coca-Cola North America in 2001. "To have a title sponsor for what will be, at minimum, 12 years by the end of this current deal is a tribute to a great relationship between NHRA and Coca-Cola North America, Coca-Cola Enterprises, the POWERade brand and beginning in 2009, the Full Throttle brand."

NHRA's top professional series, the second most popular form of auto racing in America behind only NASCAR (source: ESPN Sports Poll), holds 24 races from February through November, all of which are broadcast by ESPN2 in HD.

"When you fuse the energy of Full Throttle with the speed and intensity of NHRA professional drag racing, you've got a combination that's hard to beat," said Rafael Acevedo, senior brand manager, Energy Drinks, Coca-Cola North America. "We mean it when we say, 'Go Full Throttle or Go Home.' We can't wait to unleash the power of Full Throttle and cement the relationship between NHRA drag racing, NHRA fans and the ultimate energy drink."

Full Throttle has been the official energy drink of NHRA since 2005 and currently sponsors the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship, which awarded prize money in excess of $250,000 in 2007. Fully integrated marketing plans for Full Throttle and NHRA will include at-track activation, out-of-home media support, online presence, retail programs and sampling.

NHRA professional drag racing presents races in virtually every major market in the United States, including New York, Chicago and L.A., and in recent years has added impressively to its inventory of Fortune 500 and/or mainstream sponsors, including UPS, Caterpillar, the U.S. Army, Harley Davidson, Wyndham Resorts, Brand Source, NAPA Auto Parts, Motorcraft, and Old Spice. Other sponsors include General Motors, GMC, Pontiac, FRAM, Budweiser, Motel 6, among others. Additional Coca-Cola North America brands affiliated with NHRA include Coca-Cola, POWERade and Dasani.

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company. Along with Coca-Cola, recognized as the world's most valuable brand, the Company markets four of the world's top five nonalcoholic sparkling beverage brands, including Diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite, and a wide range of other beverages, including diet and light beverages, waters, juices and juice drinks, teas, coffees, energy and sports drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company's beverages at a rate exceeding 1.5 billion servings each day. For more information about The Coca-Cola Company, please visit our website at

About NHRA

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 24 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 80,000 members and 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 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 ages 8 to 17.

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