Mach 1 to sponsor Ashley Force, Erica Enders

Mach 1 Air Services signs Ashley Force and Erica Enders PHOENIX (Jan. 17) -- Mach 1 Air Services will sponsor two of drag racing's biggest stars -- Funny Car rookie Ashley Force and third-year Pro Stock racer Erica Enders -- in 2007 and beyond....

Mach 1 Air Services signs Ashley Force and Erica Enders

PHOENIX (Jan. 17) -- Mach 1 Air Services will sponsor two of drag racing's biggest stars -- Funny Car rookie Ashley Force and third-year Pro Stock racer Erica Enders -- in 2007 and beyond. In an effort to broaden its global name recognition in the months following expansion into Singapore and China, Mach 1 Air Services hopes Force and Enders continue to make them the preferred air freight forwarder in the world.

"We're thrilled to officially announce our sponsorship of Ashley Force and Erica Enders," said Mach 1 CEO and founder Mike Entzminger. "Name recognition is very important in our business and we're confident these two young drivers will bring lots of positive attention to our company and a whole lot of fun to our employees.

"Last season marked our first involvement with NHRA drag racing and we really had a great time. There were lots of events where we were able to entertain clients in the pits and the response was very positive. During the course of the season we developed a relationship with John Force and through him we met his daughter Ashley. When they told us of their future plans we knew we wanted to be involved. She's an incredible young woman with a bright future ahead of her.

"We also became very close with Erica. Her popularity with the fans is unmatched and she was someone we also wanted to align ourselves with as quickly as possible.

"Both of these young women will be fantastic ambassadors for Mach 1 Air Services. We look forward to introducing them as Mach 1 representatives in the months ahead and we wish them the very best success on the racetrack."

Although racing in different categories, Force and Enders are both blazing new trails for female drag racers. In just 27 starts, Enders has raced to two finals and 18 elimination-round wins, which are both records for female participants in the class. The 23-year-old from Houston also scored the first low qualifier award by a woman racer this past season in Topeka, Kan. Only five women have competed in Pro Stock.

Enders' overwhelming popularity among her fans is due in large part to the Disney Channel movie Right On Track, which chronicled her and her sister Courtney's rise through the NHRA's Junior Dragster ranks, where Erica won 37 races. To date, it is the most watched movie in Disney Channel history.

Force, the 24-year-old daughter of 14-time Funny Car champion John Force, will make her professional debut in 2007. For the past five seasons, Ashley has raced in the sportsman classes driving both a Super Comp dragster and an A/Fuel dragster. She has won five times in nine final rounds.

Only nine women preceded Ashley into the Funny Car ranks. None have won a race, reached the final round, or earned low qualifier honors.

Started in 1988, Mach 1 Air Services has the resources, people, and expertise to seamlessly move freight from origination to destination at the time it needs to be there. Meeting and exceeding the expectations of each Mach 1 customer has been the difference between Mach 1 and their competitors. It's also one of the reasons Mach 1 has consistently posted year-over-year revenue growth and is currently one of the fastest growing expedited air freight carriers in the world.

Through its vast international network of company-owned facilities and quality partner providers, Mach 1 has the capability to ship freight across the state or the around the globe. Additionally, Mach 1 Air Services provides a range of value-added services such as repackaging, crating, and warehousing to provide even more complete solutions. To learn more about Mach 1 Air Services, visit its website at www.Mach1Air.com.

-credit: mach1

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Drivers John Force , Ashley Force