Gary Densham Extends NEC Sponsorship Through 2000

NEC extends deal with Densham through 2000 POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 9) -- National Hot Rod Association Funny Car driver Gary Densham received a two-year contract extension Tuesday from his primary sponsor, NEC Communications, which will ...

NEC extends deal with Densham through 2000

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 9) -- National Hot Rod Association Funny Car driver Gary Densham received a two-year contract extension Tuesday from his primary sponsor, NEC Communications, which will continue Densham's association with the company through the 2000 season. Densham has represented NEC for the past three years.

"NEC is very proud to announce our continued relationship with Gary Densham," said Frank Viola, the director of marketing and communications for the Corporate Network Group of NEC America Inc. "Gary has been and continues to be a great role model for our company and a tremendous marketing asset for NEC. Over the past three years, our involvement with Gary has been nothing less than pure excitement. The amount of exposure he has generated for NEC far exceeded our expectations and we are delighted to renew our contract with him through the year 2000."

While announcing his agreement with NEC, the 51-year-old Densham also unveiled a stunning new paint scheme that will adorn a new Pontiac Firebird body next season.

"This is a great day for our team," Densham said. "To stay on with NEC is a real boost for all of us. This allows us to continue running a top-notch car that is capable of winning every race we enter. Without NEC, we couldn't do that. Now, our goal is to reward NEC and their loyalty by putting my car in Victory Circle on a regular basis in 1999."

As for the switch to a new paint job and Pontiac Firebird body, team manager Al Liebmann explained. "We wanted a fresh start next year so we made some drastic changes in the color and body style," Liebmann said. "Obviously, we want NEC and our co-sponsor, Auto Club of Southern California, to maximize their exposure on the car and I think the new paint scheme does that. We also needed to put the most competitive car we could find on the track and the Firebird body fills that requirement completely."

NEC, a global technology enterprise, is a world leader in the manufacture, sales and marketing of communications products, semiconductor components, computer products and computer services.

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