USTCC: 2002 Rookie of the Year Award sponsor announced

USTCC announces the 2002 A'PEX Integration Rookie of the Year Award. RICHMOND, CA- The United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) along with A'PEX Integration (www.apexi-usa.com) announce the sponsorship of the 2002 A'PEX Integration Rookie...

USTCC announces the 2002 A'PEX Integration Rookie of the Year Award.

RICHMOND, CA- The United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) along with A'PEX Integration (www.apexi-usa.com) announce the sponsorship of the 2002 A'PEX Integration Rookie of the Year Award. The award will be given to the highest placing driver in the points standings that has never finished in the top three in USTCC.

A'PEX is currently involved in Japanese GT championship which is as big in Japan as NASCAR Winston Cup in the US. A'PEX is also involved in the Japanese Group N-1 endurance series which is basically a Japanese version of USTCC except with an endurance style format. "Just like in USTCC, internal engine modifications are not allowed and suspension and brake upgrades are where speed is found," said Toshi Hayama, the United States Branch Manager of A'PEX Integration. Mr. Hayama added, "The USTCC is a great up and coming series that has attracted a lot of attention in the import scene and it fits very well in our marketing plans. This is just the start of our involvement. We hope to do much bigger and better things in the future."

The 2002 USTCC/A'PEX Integration Rookie of the Year shall receive a Rev Speed Meter along with the optional stand and G Sensor valued at $350. The Rev Speed Meter delivers a host of new functions. Standard features include: Engine RPM, Vehicle Speed, Travel Distance, and Battery Voltage (All which can be displayed in real time graph mode, numerical mode, or analogue mode; 1-4 channels at a time.), Peak Hold, Replay (With 60 second playback.), Speed Limiter Cut and 0-100m/200m/400m times with trap speed. One of the most exciting of the new features is the option to utilize the revolutionary A'PEX G-Sensor. The G Sensor allows the unit to measure G forces in 4-way front/rear/left/right directions. This data can be plotted in a graph display to map acceleration characteristics and lateral G's on the race track, or used in an array of new features including: highly accurate 100m/200m/400m times with trap speed and wheel-spin correction, horsepower calculation, and loss power calculation. By taking advantage of the optional G Sensor, the user can produce extremely accurate power measurements.

The 2002 USTCC/A'PEX Integration Rookie of the Year shall also receive a special A'PEX tachometer. This 120mm EL Tachometer features real-time 30-second needle playback, peak-hold, two-stage adjustable warning, and seven-way dimmer adjustments. A'PEX engineers incorporated a 16-bit CPU to provide fast and accurate readings in 1000 step increments. The unit has the capacity to measure up to 12,700 RPM on engines with 1 to 10 cylinders. The tach features a unique face that gives it the "face room" of a 9000-rpm tach with the capacity of a 12,700-rpm tach. The tach and the optional shift light are valued at $325.

A'PEX Co. Ltd. was founded in 1992 on the principle that top-quality performance parts should be available to everyone at a reasonable price. This guiding principle gained instant popularity among racing enthusiasts worldwide. Top engineers from some of the best car companies, and highly qualified businessmen from various backgrounds were eager to invest their time and energy in the company. A'PEX quickly earned a worldwide reputation of being one of the leading manufacturers of automotive performance products. In less than ten years, A'PEX has become a multinational firm with over 230 employees boasting: a suspension manufacturing plant, an exhaust system manufacturing plant, a racecar engineering center, seven sales offices throughout Japan, a sales and R&D office in the United States, and dozens of distribution and strategy partners worldwide.

The USTCC is a relatively new player in the professional road racing community and is sanctioned by the National Auto Sport Association. The USTCC features cars such as Honda Civic, Acura Integra, BMW 3 series, Subaru WRX, and Nissan Sentra SE-R. Races are run throughout the United States as far east as West Virginia's Summit Point and as far west as California's Sears Point Raceway. For more information on the USTCC, visit www.ustcc.com.

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