New media relations managers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 TWO MEDIA RELATIONS MANAGERS ADDED TO NHRA COMMUNICATIONS STAFF GLENDORA, Calif. -- John Ewert and Chris Voth recently joined the NHRA Communications department as...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761

TWO MEDIA RELATIONS MANAGERS ADDED TO NHRA COMMUNICATIONS STAFF

GLENDORA, Calif. -- John Ewert and Chris Voth recently joined the NHRA Communications department as media relations managers.

Ewert will provide advance event promotion and media relations in NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series markets. Voth will perform promotional duties and media relations for the NHRA's Vision 2000 program, comprised of the Jr. Drag Racing League and the Youth and Education Services department.

"We are glad to have people of John and Chris' caliber joining the NHRA family," NHRA Director of Communications Denny Darnell said. "They are ideal candidates for the job. Both bring tremendous enthusiasm and fresh ideas to their roles, and they will help to spread the exciting news of NHRA, its people and programs to more and more members of the media."

Ewert, 24, comes to NHRA after working in radio for most of this decade. He served as a producer, production assistant and assistant promotions coordinator for KZLA-FM and KLAC-AM in Los Angeles from August 1995 to August 1996. Before that role, he was a sports producer, promotions assistant and served as weekend on- air talent at KGGI-FM and KMEN-AM in Riverside, Calif., from September 1991 to September 1992.

Ewert graduated from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Calif., in 1996 with a bachelor of science degree in communications. He was active in the campus media, writing and editing for the school newspaper and a fraternity publication, and served as an anchorperson for a campus news magazine television show. Ewert is a resident of Norco, Calif., and is engaged to be married in June 1997.

"I'm honored to be associated with an organization as prominent in the racing community as NHRA," Ewert said. "I'm committed to promoting the sport in a positive light and showing the media all that NHRA has to offer. I'm really excited about the opportunity, and I'm eager to help NHRA drag racing climb to new heights."

Voth, 23, joins NHRA after serving as staff writer for the Communications department at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif., from September 1995 to January 1997. He wrote press releases, designed and wrote brochures and catalogs, and helped to promote the university's educational and extracurricular programs.

Voth graduated from Azusa Pacific in 1995 with a bachelor of arts degree in English. He was a columnist for the school newspaper while at Azusa Pacific. Voth is single and lives in Glendora, Calif.

"I'm really glad to become a part of a progressive, dynamic organization like NHRA," Voth said. "My background in the promotion of education will be helpful as I work to make the media more aware of the great programs that NHRA's Vision 2000 offers the young people of North America. This is a great opportunity for me, and I want to help Vision 2000 reach new levels of growth and success." -30-

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