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CORNWELL QUALITY TOOLS NEW OFFICIAL TOOL OF JOHN FORCE RACING

YORBA LINDA, CA — John Force Racing announced today that Cornwell Quality Tools, a family owned business since its inception, will become the official tools of the 20-time NHRA world championship team beginning in the 2019 season. Cornwell Quality Tools, founded in 1919 by Eugene Cornwell in Northeast Ohio, will be celebrating 100 years of creating the best quality tools out of the best quality materials when it joins John Force Racing during the 2019 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

“We are looking forward to this new partnership with Cornwell Tools,” said John Force, CEO and owner of John Force Racing and driver of the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevy Camaro. “Cornwell Tools and John Force Racing share the same commitment to family. We’re a family run business, our teams and sponsors are our family out there on the road. Cornwell will be joining that family and we’re excited to be celebrating their 100 year anniversary with them in 2019.”

“We are extremely thrilled to partner with a winning team in John Force Racing,” said Bob Studenic, President and CEO of Cornwell Quality Tools. “As we begin an exciting 2019 set to celebrate our 100th year in business, supporting and working with John Force Racing is going to be a blast. John and his family know the importance of loyalty, hard work, and dedication. We value those same principles. All of us at Cornwell are looking forward to joining John Force and his team, as they race towards another successful NHRA season.”

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IHRA, Dart’s Carts Announce Multi-Year Partnership

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Dart’s Carts announce a multi-year partnership that will see Dart’s Carts become the official golf cart and side-by-side provider of the IHRA.

Located in Jackson, Tenn., Trad Longeway is the owner and operator proudly selling and serving all brands of golf carts for nearly 20 years. Dart’s Carts offers nationwide shipping and no sales tax outside of Tennessee.

In addition to the multi-year partnership as the official golf cart and side-by-side provider of the IHRA, Dart’s Carts will also award the Summit SuperSeries World Finals champions in Top (Box) and Mod (No Box)  at Memphis International Raceway with a one-of-a-kind custom golf cart.

IHRA members will also receive special discounts as part of their membership package.

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California Natives Beckman, Capps and Pritchett Raise Funds for Communities Affected by Woolsey and Camp Fires

BROWNSBURG, IN – California natives Jack Beckman, Ron Capps and Leah Pritchett watched in horror as their state suffered tremendous devastation due to the Camp and Woolsey Fires that consumed large portions of Northern and Southern California last month. Not ones to sit idly by, the three Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers with California roots felt compelled to take action and provide support for their home state.

Beckman, Capps and Pritchett have assembled items to be auctioned off via DSR’s eBay page, with all proceeds benefiting Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization whose mission is to improve the lives and health of people affected by poverty, or emergencies such as the California wildfires. The auction will go live at 6:00 p.m. EST tonight, December 11, and will close at 6:00 p.m. EST on December 18, ensuring the winning bidders will receive their items in time for the Christmas holiday.

Up for auction are autographed crew shirts from all 11 of Pritchett’s 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series entries. Beckman has crafted a 2019 Jack Beckman VIP race experience package, while Capps hopes to raise funds for the affected communities by donating NAPA Racing crew shirts from his four 2018 liveries.

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THREE INDUCTED INTO NHRA NORTH CENTRAL DIVISION HALL OF FAME

INDIANAPOLIS – Travis Miller, a veteran NHRA technical inspector, former Division Director Jay Hullinger and the late Leo Taugher a national and divisional announcer were inducted into the National Hot Rod Association’s North Central Division Hall of Fame during their annual awards banquet (Saturday, December 8) held at the Indianapolis Wyndham West.

Miller from Louisville, Ky. started drag racing at Bullitt Dragway in 1964 and later became a technical inspector at Ohio Valley Raceway in Valley Station in 1970.  He joined the NHRA certification team in 1985 and continues to serve as an NHRA chassis and technical inspector.

Hullinger grew up at the family’s owned Bunker Hill Drag Strip, which his father opened in 1956 as Indiana’s first drag strip.  He served as NHRA North Central Division Director from 1987 to 2017 overseeing NHRA drag racing in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and western Ontario, Canada.

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Summit Motorsports Park Named NHRA North Central Division Track of the Year

Norwalk, OH – Summit Motorsports Park was named NHRA North Central Division Track of the Year during the NHRA North Central Division Land of the Winners Awards Banquet, Dec. 8, 2018, at the Wyndham Indianapolis West.

This marks the ninth time the beloved track has received the award at the festive event which honors Division 3 champions in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Jr. Drag Racing League and other series.

Summit Motorsports Park, which underwent a $1.6 million track reconstruction project early this year, is fresh off a stellar season which saw record-setting racing, record-setting attendance and riveting entertainment. Planning is already underway for next year, which spools up with the 38th Annual Spring Warm-Up on April 13-14 and is followed by the 13th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 17-19.

“We feel extremely honored to have again been named NHRA North Central Division Track of the Year,” said Bill Bader Jr., Summit Motorsports Park president. “With recognition comes responsibility, and we stand committed to delivering the very best guest experience possible.”

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VP Racing Fuels Stay Frosty™ Wins 2019 PRI Global Media Award

San Antonio, TX – VP Racing Fuels, recognized around the world for performance fuels and chemicals, was awarded the coveted PRI Global Media Award for its new STAY FROSTY™ Race Ready Coolant.

Motorsports journalists from the United Kingdom and Canada, tasked with identifying and discovering what new products are likely to succeed in their home countries, selected STAY FROSTY.

“The journalists that make up the PRI Global panel are highly respected,” said Bruce Hendel, VP’s Vice President, North America Sales – Race Fuels & Consumer Products. “Their opinions really matter because they know their markets. With the help of this endorsement there’s an even stronger probability STAY FROSTY will do well in North America and overseas. With the extensive distribution network we have in place it will be very easy for racers and enthusiasts to keep cool and STAY FROSTY when it counts.”

The PRI Global Media Award is the second prestigious award VP and STAY FROSTY have received for 2019. In November, the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association panel of international media voted STAY FROSTY one of the best new products at the SEMA Show.

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Elite Motorsports, Justin Elkes’ Modern Racing Form Strategic Alliance for 2019 Season

WYNNEWOOD, OK – Signaling a further progression in their growing Pro Mod operation, Pro Stock and sportsman racing powerhouse Elite Motorsports announced today it has formed a strategic alliance with Modern Racing and its founder, noted tuner guru Justin Elkes.

Elite Motorsports will campaign three Pro Mod cars driven by Erica Enders, Alex Laughlin and Steve Matusek for the full 2019 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season and Modern Racing will help oversee that transition. Elkes’ Modern Racing, whose expertise and track record is well knowing within the industry, will help facilitate the operation, aid in tuning and handle the construction and assembly of the three turbocharged entries, which include two Camaros and one Mustang, which will be driven by Matusek.

“Justin fits really well with our group and it’s kind of a magic deal for us,” said Richard Freeman, Founder, Elite Motorsports. “I’ve known Justin for a long time, and he’s just methodical in what he does and thinks outside the box. We have some really good people on our team and when you add Justin to that mix and you have magic. It’s going to be a really great addition to our program.”

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