Oakley signs on as lifestyle marketing partner

Oakley Inc., signs on as lifestyle marketing partner of NHRA. GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2003) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and Oakley, Inc. (NYSE:OO) have reached an agreement to have Oakley become a lifestyle marketing partner of...

Oakley Inc., signs on as lifestyle marketing partner of NHRA.

GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2003) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and Oakley, Inc. (NYSE:OO) have reached an agreement to have Oakley become a lifestyle marketing partner of NHRA, beginning with the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season. The announcement expands Oakley's already strong presence in the sport, with long-standing relationships with numerous teams both as a primary and associate sponsor.

"This agreement reaffirms the mutual value associated with the Oakley sponsorship within the NHRA," said Gary Darcy, vice president of marketing. "Oakley is a true lifestyle brand and is a perfect fit for the overall NHRA experience for fans, teams and sponsors. This announcement today, I believe, solidifies the commitment by NHRA and Oakley to bring the precision and passion of 'Mad Science' to each of the 23 events that make up the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series."

As a lifestyle marketing partner of NHRA, Oakley will continue its involvement with NHRA race teams and will continue to have the "O" store on-site at every NHRA national event. The popular "O" store features a vast array of Oakley products and merchandise available for purchase by NHRA fans.

Currently, Oakley is the primary sponsor of the two Funny Cars owned by Schumacher Racing and driven by Scotty Cannon and Gary Scelzi. In addition, Oakley is an associate sponsor with Schumacher Racing on its Matco Tools Funny Car driven by Whit Bazemore and the U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster piloted by Tony Schumacher.

In addition to its valued relationship with Schumacher Racing, Oakley also supports some of the most high-profile professional drivers and teams on the NHRA POWERade circuit.

Oakley is a world brand, driven to ignite the imagination through the fusion of art and science. Recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the top luxury brands in the world, Oakley continues to build on a legacy of innovation, market-leading, premium sunglasses. Oakley also offers an expanding line of premium performance footwear, apparel, accessories, watches and prescription eyewear to consumers in more than 70 countries.

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 more than 80,000 members nationwide 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 Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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Drivers Whit Bazemore , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Scotty Cannon