ULHRA: Miss Red Dot ready for 2005 season

Miss Red Dot Ready for 2005 ULHRA Hydroplane Racing Season Red Dot announces title sponsorship of UL-40 unlimited-light hydroplane team SEATTLE (June 6, 2005) -- Red Dot Corp. announced today that it will be the title sponsor of the UL-40 ...

Miss Red Dot Ready for 2005 ULHRA Hydroplane Racing Season

Red Dot announces title sponsorship of UL-40 unlimited-light hydroplane team

SEATTLE (June 6, 2005) -- Red Dot Corp. announced today that it will be the title sponsor of the UL-40 unlimited-light hydroplane owned by Thunder Valley Racing of Issaquah, Wash., for the 2005 racing season.

The boat, called the Miss Red Dot, will compete in an eight-race circuit that begins at the Tastin' and Racin' festival on Lake Sammamish in Issaquah from June 10-12.

Unlimited-light hydroplanes are throwbacks to the "thunderboat" era of hydroplane racing of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, when fans gathered to take in the irresistible noise of the big-block piston engines and the spray and excitement of deck-to-deck competition.

This is the second year Red Dot has supported the UL-40 and Thunder Valley Racing but its first as title sponsor.

Red Dot president Randy Gardiner said the company is excited to expand its relationship with Thunder Valley Racing and the UL-40 team, which finished sixth in the Unlimited Lights Hydroplane Racing Association (ULHRA) national points standings in 2004.

"Hundreds of thousands of fans in the United States and Canada see unlimited-light hydro racing every year, in person and on television, so it's great exposure for Red Dot, our products, and our distributors," Gardiner said.

With a top speed of 160 mph, a rooster tail longer than 50 yards, and a 1,100-horsepower supercharged engine, the Miss Red Dot will be a favorite on the water and off it, said John O'Brien, one of eight partners in Thunder Valley Racing. The crew opens the pit area before each race so fans can have their picture taken with the boat and meet legendary driver Harold Mills.

In addition to the season-opening race in Issaquah, the Miss Red Dot will compete at ULHRA-sanctioned events in Evansville, Ind., June 24-26; Valleyfield, Que., July 8-10; Tri-Cities, Wash., July 29-31; Seattle, Aug. 5-7; Silverdale, Wash., Aug. 12-14; San Diego, Sept. 16-18; and Port Angeles, Wash., Sept. 3-Oct. 2.

ABOUT RED DOT
Red Dot is a worldwide leader in the design and production of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and replacement parts for commercial trucks, buses, and vehicles used in construction, mining, agriculture, fire and rescue, and military service. The company was founded in Seattle, Wash., in 1965 and has 430 employees at three locations in the United States and Europe. Visit Red Dot at www.rdac.com.

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