US Nationals sponsor renews

MAC TOOLS RENEWS SPONSORSHIP OF PRESTIGIOUS U.S. NATIONALS AT HISTORIC INDIANAPOLIS RACEWAY PARK GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2006) -- Mac Tools, a leader in quality, professional automotive tools, has signed a multi-year agreement with...


GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2006) -- Mac Tools, a leader in quality, professional automotive tools, has signed a multi-year agreement with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to extend its title sponsorship of the U.S. Nationals, the world's most prestigious drag race.

The 52nd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 4 at historic Indianapolis Raceway Park, continuing a celebrated association as one of the four major motorsports event to be held in the nation's auto racing capital city, sharing the spotlight with racing's three other crown jewels which are held at the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway--the Indy 500, Brickyard 400 and U.S. Grand Prix.

The $2.6 million race is the 18th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series for 2006. The demanding six-day event will showcase more than 1,000 drag racing vehicles and competition in 12 NHRA categories, including the marquee 7,000 horsepower Top Fuel and Funny Car categories. The event features more than 10 hours of television coverage provided by ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD.

The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals can define a drag racing career and past winners of the event comprise a who's who of the quarter-mile sport, including its greatest legends: Nine-time winner Bob Glidden; 'Big Daddy' Don Garlits, an eight-time winner; seven-time winner Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme, three-time winner Kenny Bernstein and Shirley Muldowney, the Top Fuel winner in 1982. Current stars Tony Schumacher, a four-time winner, and Larry Dixon, a three-time winner and the event's defending Top Fuel champ, will headline the pre-race favorites.

"Mac Tools is extremely pleased to continue this title sponsorship of the most historic and tradition-rich drag race in the world, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals," said John Aden, president, Mac Tools. "We look forward to continuing our high-profile association with NHRA and Indianapolis Raceway Park, and the increased brand awareness through the maximum exposure that this significant event provides."

The commitment maintains Mac Tools' wide involvement with the NHRA. The tool company also is the primary sponsor for Doug Kalitta's Top Fuel dragster and provides associate sponsorship for several NHRA competitors, including John Force, Brandon Bernstein, Dixon and Del Worsham, among others.

"It's very gratifying to see a proven sponsor like Mac Tools continue its involvement with NHRA Drag Racing at the highest level," said Gary Darcy, senior vice president, sales and marketing, NHRA. "By continuing its title sponsorship of the prestigious U.S. Nationals, Mac Tools has clearly demonstrated a long-term commitment to the sport."

The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is the marquee event held at Indianapolis Raceway Park, which also features NASCAR stock car racing, the USAC series and SCCA road racing, among others. The oldest event on the NHRA circuit, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals was first held in Great Bend, Kan. in 1955, before moving to Kansas City in 1956. For two years (1957-'58) it was held in Oklahoma City before moving to Detroit for two years (1959-'60). The race found its permanent home, Indianapolis Raceway Park, in 1961, where many memorable finishes have been showcased over the years.

"We're proud to continue our great association with Mac Tools as the title sponsor for our biggest annual event," said Ron Anderson, general manager, Indianapolis Raceway Park. "We realize this event generates a lot of excitement throughout the drag racing community and the world because of its rich history. We've enjoyed strengthening and enhancing that experience through our alliance with Mac Tools and we look forward to many more years of this outstanding partnership."

Mac Tools, with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, has a 2,000-distributor base which reaches automotive shops in their mobile tool trucks not only in the United States, but Canada, the U.K. and Japan.

Located just west of downtown Indianapolis in Clermont, Ind., Indianapolis Raceway Park, owned and operated by the National Hot Rod Association, thrives as one of the busiest multi-purpose auto racing complexes in the United States and features a quarter-mile dragstrip, .686-mile asphalt oval and a 2.5-mile road course.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 24 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 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 Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, and the NHRA Street Legal Program presented by AAA. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.


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Series NHRA
Drivers Shirley Muldowney , Larry Dixon , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Bob Glidden , Don Garlits , Brandon Bernstein