Las Vegas Fall Nationals sponsorship extended

ACDELCO EXTENDS SPONSORSHIP OF LAS VEGAS NHRA NATIONALS LAS VEGAS (Oct. 21, 2005) -- NHRA officials announced today that ACDelco, a global leader in automotive replacement parts and services, has extended its title sponsorship of the fall NHRA...

ACDELCO EXTENDS SPONSORSHIP OF LAS VEGAS NHRA NATIONALS

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 21, 2005) -- NHRA officials announced today that ACDelco, a global leader in automotive replacement parts and services, has extended its title sponsorship of the fall NHRA POWERade Series events held at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The three-year addition locks in ACDelco's title sponsorship of the event for eight consecutive years.

The ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, held annually in late October and televised on ESPN2, is the penultimate event in the 23-race, $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

"Certainly, ACDelco has demonstrated a great ability over the years to effectively utilize NHRA event and team sponsorships to promote its products and we are thrilled that they are renewing their title sponsorship of the Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, one of the most exciting events in the NHRA POWERade Series," said Gary Darcy, senior vice president of marketing, NHRA. "We are looking forward to continuing to provide ACDelco optimum marketing value by helping them identify more potential customers through their association with NHRA."

The commitment increases ACDelco's participation in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing. ACDelco also is the primary sponsor for Kurt Johnson's Chevy Cobalt in Pro Stock, and an associate sponsor on Warren Johnson's GM Performance Parts Pontiac GTO.

"ACDelco is a long-time sponsor of NHRA Championship Drag Racing and the Las Vegas NHRA Nationals presents a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our passion as 'Real Car Guys,'" said Sue Christophersen, event marketing manager for GM Services and Parts Operations. "We're delighted to build on our successful relationship with the NHRA and Las Vegas Motor Speedway by renewing our sponsorship through 2008.

"Combining the excitement of Las Vegas with the power of NHRA Championship Drag Racing produces a winning combination that leverages ACDelco's comprehensive motorsports marketing program as both a team and product sponsor."

Officials at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which also hosts the Summitracing.com NHRA Nationals each April, also are pleased to continue the relationship with ACDelco as partner in presenting the event.

"From the day we announced the addition of the fall NHRA national event to our schedule five years ago, ACDelco has been our partner in this event," said Chris Powell, executive vice president and general manager for The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "We have enjoyed an outstanding relationship during that period, and we are excited to know that we will continue that relationship for the foreseeable future. This event has grown into one of the most anticipated stops on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing circuit. As the only title sponsor in the history of the event, ACDelco has been an integral part of the race's success."

ACDelco is a global leader in automotive replacement parts and services offering products for virtually all vehicles. Headquartered in Grand Blanc, Mich., ACDelco markets automotive replacement parts worldwide under its brand name. For more information, call (800) ACDelco or log on to acdelco.com.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Xpl0x5364 Sport Compact Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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Drivers Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson