DSR's associate sponsor expands 2006 plans

AMERICAN RACING WHEELS EXPANDS ITS ASSOCIATE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM WITH DON SCHUMACHER RACING IN 2006 INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 21, 2006) - Don Schumacher today announced that American Racing Wheels has expanded its associate sponsorship of Don ...

AMERICAN RACING WHEELS EXPANDS ITS ASSOCIATE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM WITH DON SCHUMACHER RACING IN 2006

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 21, 2006) - Don Schumacher today announced that American Racing Wheels has expanded its associate sponsorship of Don Schumacher Racing's NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series professional teams to include an all-new integrated program for all seven pro cars for 2006.

As part of the deal, American Racing Wheels will remain the official racing wheel of Don Schumacher Racing for the fourth season.

In addition to using American Racing Wheels on the two Top Fuel Dragsters, three Funny Cars and two Pro Stock cars, DSR will provide an extensive show-car and driver appearance program and will host American Racing guests in its hospitality area throughout the 2006 season.

American Racing Wheels is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the company has planned additional activities throughout the 2006 NHRA season and, in particular, at the U.S. Nationals.

"Every U.S. Army, Matco Tools, Mopar/Oakley and Brut victory since 2003 has come on American Racing Wheels," said Schumacher. "We've won three championships and set eight records on American Racing Wheels. And Melanie Troxel, who joined the team mid-season in 2005 in the Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels Top Fuel Dragster, became the quickest and fastest female driver in NHRA history. We are extremely honored and proud that American Racing is continuing to support the DSR pro teams in 2006 with its expanded promotional program.

"Best of all," continued Schumacher, "the U.S. Army, Mopar/Oakley and Matco Tools teams just finished their second full season on the same sets of American Racing Wheels and they're as good as new. This clearly demonstrates the quality of the products they produce. Their technology is second to none as they continue to improve the product and re-design it to make it better for us."

"Working with the Don Schumacher Racing teams, we have been able to achieve pass-after-pass, world-championship-level wheel and tire performance," said Scott Hughes, American Racing Motorsports Manager. "We've used this valuable wheel performance data to create engineering models for continuous improvements to our racing products. Our intense on-track technical work with Don Schumacher Racing has paid off, as American Racing Wheels are the fastest wheels in the world."

Specializing in high strength-to-weight magnesium drag racing wheels, American Racing Wheels was co-founded by drag-racing innovator Romeo Palimides in 1956. Throughout the years, many of drag racing's leading teams used American Racing Wheels. Announcing an industry-changing product innovation in 2003, American Racing concluded development of and introduced automotive wheels permanently coated with DuPont® Teflon®. In January, American announced the release of a performance group of aftermarket sport wheels licensed by performance legend Carroll Shelby. With 46 distribution centers in North America, American is the largest aftermarket wheel company in the world. American Racing Pro Series drag-racing wheels complement AR's legendary presence in off-road racing.

Don Schumacher Racing includes nine professional NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams: The U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster driven by Tony Schumacher; the Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels Top Fuel dragster steered by Melanie Troxel; the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Funny Car of Whit Bazemore; the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Funny Car piloted by Gary Scelzi; the Brut Dodge driven by Ron Capps; two U.S. Army Pro Stock Motorcycles for Angelle Sampey and Antron Brown; and two Pro Stock cars: the Team Mopar/Valspar Dodge Stratus driven by Richie Stevens Jr., and a second team/driver to be named.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Melanie Troxel , Don Schumacher , Angelle Sampey , Scott Hughes