ST. LOUIS (April 4) -- Reigning IHRA Top Fuel champion and NHRA Rookie of the Year candidate Don Lampus Jr., the driver of the ExpressAutoParts.com Top Fuel Dragster, has signed a one-year associate sponsorship deal with Craftsman -- the official...
ST. LOUIS (April 4) -- Reigning IHRA Top Fuel champion and NHRA Rookie of the Year candidate Don Lampus Jr., the driver of the ExpressAutoParts.com Top Fuel Dragster, has signed a one-year associate sponsorship deal with Craftsman -- the official tool of NHRA championship drag racing.
"Like most drag racers, Don Lampus is a driver who works on his car and therefore knows the importance of quality tools," said Henry Ferris, motorsports marketing manager for Sears. "At Craftsman, we build America's finest mechanic tools so it's logical that some of America's finest mechanics -- the NHRA crews who build and maintain the quickest and fastest cars in the world -- have them in their tool boxes."
Lampus joined the NHRA ranks at the conclusion of the 1999 IHRA season, which was just his first full year behind the wheel of a Top Fuel dragster. He won the IHRA title with four wins in five final round appearances, including three consecutive victories. The 35-year-old from Dallas began his racing career in the SCORE off-road circuit, where he won the 1996 championship in the Class 1-2 1600 bracket.
"I'm very glad that Craftsman tools has noticed the potential of our program," Lampus said. "There is such a great group of people within the Craftsman tools organization and I look forward to representing them this year. I'm also looking forward to spending some time with everyone at the Sears Craftsman Nationals in St. Louis this June.
"It's deals like this that are the difference between being just another team and being a championship-caliber team. The facts are we need tools we can depend on when we're working on this racecar and I know from personal experience that we can depend on Craftsman tools. I'm thrilled to be associated with this company."
Craftsman is the official tool of NHRA, NASCAR, and CART, and has been part of motorsports in general for more than 72 years. The company supports all levels of NHRA championship drag racing -- from the Sears Craftsman Nationals to the Sears Craftsman E.T. Racing Series -- through a variety of sponsorships and awards.