2003 sponsors announced

Grand American announces 2003 sponsors. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 31, 2003) -- The Grand American Road Racing Association released its 2003 sponsor lineup today in a press conference announcing its newest sponsor - Acxiom - as the title...

Grand American announces 2003 sponsors.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 31, 2003) -- The Grand American Road Racing Association released its 2003 sponsor lineup today in a press conference announcing its newest sponsor - Acxiom - as the title sponsor of the Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Touring division.

Union 76 Gasoline
For more than 100 years, the 76 brand has been providing high-performance petroleum products and excellent customer service. Every grade of 76 gasoline contains PROpower, a high-performance additive that provides a unique detergent technology. Last season Union 76 renewed its sponsorship with Grand American through 2004, increasing its support of both the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series point funds.

As Ford's history in racing enters its second century, the picture of Ford Racing's future has sharpened into an image of expanding capabilities and an ever-deepening commitment to race fans and to all Ford consumers. The company's mission statement expresses it best: "Racing must ultimately help improve our products, people and processes in support of corporate customer satisfaction goals." Ford is Grand American's official vehicle and pace car, and a Ford Mustang Cobra R and Ford Focus SVT will serve as the pace cars for all of the Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup races during the 2003 season.

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Goodyear's racing heritage reaches back almost to the very first car race, and today the company produces hundreds of thousands of tires a year for races of all kinds, all over the world. Goodyear joined Grand American last season and is the sole supplier of tires for the Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototypes and GTS classes through the 2004 season.

Dunlop Tyres Ltd.
Dunlop has a proud history extending back to the 19th century, and today is part of the world's top tire manufacturer - Goodyear. Dunlop is the exclusive tire in the Rolex Sports Car Series SportsRacing Prototype II and GT classes through the 2004 season.

Hoosier Racing Tires
Hoosier is the largest race tire manufacturer in the world, making tires for all types of competition from dirt tracks to drag racing, oval racing and road racing. The company has provided "spec" tires for a number of other race organizations including NASCAR, ARCA and USAC. Hoosier continues its support of the Grand-Am Cup Series as the official tire manufacturer and sole supplier through the 2004 season.

Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company is the world's leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups. Coca-Cola and its subsidiaries employ nearly 34,000 people around the world. The company's flagship brand, Coca-Cola, and more than 230 other soft-drink brands are manufactured and sold by The Coca-Cola Company and its subsidiaries in nearly 200 countries around the world.

Zippo Manufacturing Company
Zippo is the maker of the world famous windproof lighter with the Lifetime Guarantee. Other products from Zippo's diverse line include a variety of pocket knives, key holders, money clips, writing instruments, tape measures, ZipLight pocket flashlights and the Fixxit pocket tool. Zippo has produced more than 325 million windproof lighters since its founding in 1932. The company is the title sponsor of Zippo Live Timing & Scoring, provided during all Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup events on Grand American's official website - www.grandamerican.com.

Wachovia Corporation
When the First Union Corporation and Wachovia Corporation merged as equals last year, it made the company the largest financial holding company in the Southeast/East Coast region and the fourth-largest nationwide. With total assets of approximately $322 billion and a market capitalization of $46 billion, the company offers its 19 million customers superior corporate banking, retail banking, asset and wealth management, capital markets and securities brokerage services and products. Last season Wachovia inked a deal to become an official sponsor of Grand American through the 2004 season.

Stand 21 Racewear
Stand 21 Racewear is a French-based manufacturer of racing apparel and accessories. Their product line includes a vast variety of racing suits, helmets, gloves and shoes. For 30 years, a close collaboration with the world's greatest drivers, teams and sponsors has allowed Stand 21 to earn their trust. Grand American officials are outfitted at the track in Stand 21 fire suits and outerwear.

Featherlite Trailers
Featherlite is an innovative leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing high quality aluminum specialty trailers. As the nation's largest specialty trailer manufacturer, Featherlite caters to a wide range of customers. The company offers diversified product lines with more than 400 custom order and standard model specialty trailers through a network of approximately 270 dealers in the United States and Canada. Grand American technical officials work out of the series' official Featherlite trailers on every race weekend.

Racing Radios
In 1979, Racing Radios became the racing communications arm of Diversified Electronics, with the new company's first customers being Richard and Maurice Petty. Since then, Racing Radios has worked with clients in all forms of racing. The years spent in research and development have enabled Racing Radios to stay on top of racing communications all over the world for teams, drivers and racing governing bodies. The company provides radio support and products to Grand American officials at all of its events.

For more information on Grand American Road Racing Association and its Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.


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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Maurice Petty