CHAMPCAR/CART: Walker Racing adds sponsor

NTN signs on as a sponsor for Manning's Walker Racing entry. Monterey, Calif. (June 13, 2003) -- Team owner Derrick Walker announced today that NTN Bearing Corporation has signed on as an associate sponsor of rookie Darren Manning's ...

NTN signs on as a sponsor for Manning's Walker Racing entry.

Monterey, Calif. (June 13, 2003) -- Team owner Derrick Walker announced today that NTN Bearing Corporation has signed on as an associate sponsor of rookie Darren Manning's #15 RAC Walker Racing Champ Car entry for the remainder of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

NTN advances into the Champ Car World Series with Walker Racing with a long-standing sponsorship history in the Toyota Atlantic Championship including a current sponsorship of Jonathan Macri.

"NTN has spent several years in motorsports sponsorship and we're pleased to have them come on board with Walker Racing," said Walker. "It illustrates how the Champ Car Ladder System can work for sponsors as well as drivers who are looking at getting a feel for what Champ Car racing can offer.

"Additionally, through our relationship with other companies we are looking to provide NTN a benefit beyond the performance and visibility of the race track. While this is an important element in motorsports sponsorships, we also strive to provide our partners with programs that having winning results that reach beyond on-track activities to impact the company's goals in the market place."

The NTN logo will run on the top of the sidepods beginning at this weekend's Grand Prix of Monterey at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, 15 June. Additionally, the NTN brand name will be prominently displayed on team apparel, transporter graphics and on the car's vortex generators. NTN will also provide technical assistance on bearing packages to Walker Racing, with a strong focus on applications, research and development.

Manning looks to continue a streak of top-ten finishes this weekend. The British rookie has scored five consecutive top-ten finishes and has earned six top-ten finishes in just seven Champ Car starts.

NTN has been a sponsor in the Toyota Atlantic Championship since 1995 supporting drivers Lee Bentham, Rob MacDonald, Jean Francois Veilleux, Rocky Moran and Jonathan Macri. NTN's involvement in motorsport goes beyond sponsorship; it also supplies bearings and driveline components to manufacturers of high-performance specialty and production vehicles.

NTN Bearing Corporation, based in Osaka, Japan, is one of the world's leading quality suppliers of industrial bearings. NTN also makes precision processing and automated production equipment used in the high-tech industry, including CD inspection and LCD repair systems, and is a key supplier of constant velocity joints to the automotive industry. NTN maintains production facilities in several countries throughout the world and is widely recognized for its quality manufacture, design excellence and flexibility for customer applications.

Walker Racing, based in Indianapolis, Ind., enters its 13th season of Champ Car competition campaigning two rookies, Mexican Rodolfo Lavin and Brit Darren Manning. Walker Racing owns ten pole positions and four Champ Car victories with Scott Goodyear capturing the team's first win at Michigan in 1992.

Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Monterey at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway will air Saturday, 14 June on SPEED Channel at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. The race will air live Sunday, 15 June at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on CBS and on Fox Sports Espanol.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Scott Goodyear , Jonathan Macri , Rodolfo Lavin , Rocky Moran , Lee Bentham