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GLENN MIKRES JOINS KALITTA MOTORSPORTS

Mikres named co-crew chief of Scott Kalitta-driven Toyota Solara Nitro Funny Car

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Veteran Nitro crew chief and former NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car driver
Glenn Mikres has been named as co-crew chief for the Kalitta
Motorsports-owned Kalitta Air Toyota Solara Funny Car driven by Scott
Kalitta. Mikres will assist crew chief and team owner Conrad “Connie”
Kalitta with tuning the 7,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled race car in the
2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Mikres and Connie Kalitta are
reuniting as co-crew chief and crew chief in 2007. They each served
those roles in 1988 on a Scott Kalitta-driven Funny Car as well.

“Communication with Conrad will be the key to having a successful
program,” Mikres said. “I’ve worked with Conrad in the past, and we
work well together. He knows how to make a lot of horsepower. Hopefully
he and I can work together on how to get that horsepower applied to the
track properly. I have high expectations of what we can accomplish with
our Kalitta Air Funny Car in 2007 and beyond.”

FIRST LOOK! ROD SABOURY'S NEW CORVETTE

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Rod Saboury sent us over the first pics of his new turbocharged Corvette. The Pro Street legend will have his car on display during the PRI show in Orlando, Florida.

JEFF AREND NAMED DRIVER OF CSK BLUE CAR

Erie Educational Services Joins Team As New Major Associate Sponsor

BGW_8711.jpgVeteran Funny Car driver Jeff Arend has joined Worsham Racing and the Checker, Schuck's, Kragen Funny Car team for 2007, and will be the driver of the team's blue car, replacing Phil Burkart Jr., who piloted the blue CSK machine for more than three seasons. Arend began racing Funny Cars professionally in 1995, and has one career victory on his record (Maple Grove, 1996.) He has spent much of his career driving for legendary tuner and car owner Paul Smith, but did join Team CSK for one race in 2006, when he drove the team's special edition Murray's car in St. Louis.

In conjunction with Arend's appointment as the driver of Del and Chuck Worsham's blue Checker, Schuck's, Kragen car, the team also announced the addition of Erie Educational Services as a major associate sponsor. Arend was instrumental in bringing the industry leader in the area of student loan consolidation into the sport in 2006, and has nurtured the program for more than a year. The company will now be a part of the Team CSK program, and will embrace the opportunity to make Worsham Racing a key part of its marketing strategy.

Del Worsham announced the moves from the team's Orange, Calif. headquarters, and emphasized the critical need to push his program to new heights after a disappointing 2006 campaign, which saw him miss the POWERade Top 10 for the first time since 1997.

CASTROL SYNTEC SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

Luca
Mantovano, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, is the 2006 national
winner of the Castrol® SYNTEC® Outperformers™ scholarship.

Mantovano was recognized by drag
racing icon John Force during the annual Auto Club of Southern California
Finals the final event in the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

The Castrol
SYNTEC Outperformers initiative, which grew out of research that showed a
disturbing downward trend in the number of individuals opting for careers in
the automotive field, recognizes and encourages young men and women who have
demonstrated an interest and aptitude for auto mechanics.

THE NITRO MOOSE IS ON THE LOOSE

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The Moose is on the loose
and it has escaped via the popular Canadian drag racing website –
DragRaceCanada.com.

Their latest project, newly
formed sister website; www.nitromoose.ca
offers a unique selection of t-shirts, caps and decals which targets the
dedicated “Northern” drag racing fan base.

DALE CREASY RENEWS WITH TORCO FOR 2007

Creasy Family Motorsports announced today that Torco Race Fuels will renew as
primary sponsor for driver Dale Creasy, Jr. on the Torco Race Fuels Nitro Funny
Car. Creasy will defend his 2006 IHRA Torco Pro Nitro Funny Car Championship
flying the Torco colors from his 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo. Team owner Dale Creasy,
Jr., along with crew chiefs, Steve Creasy and Allen Meyer spoke about the deal
shortly after the announcement. 

"I'm really
excited to continue our relationship with Evan Knoll and Torco Racing Fuels,"
Creasy said. "Evan is certainly one of the icons in this sport and it's an honor
to race under the Torco banner. We're coming off of our best season ever and
everyone will be aiming at us, so we'll be ready."

FORCE'S CHRISTMAS EVENT IS A HIT

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Nobody throws a Christmas party like John Force.

The NHRA POWERade Series veteran, who recently scored his 14th Funny
Car title, welcomed several thousand visitors to his race shop in Yorba
Linda, Calif. Sunday for his annual Holiday Car Show.

CHURCH SERVICES AT PRI

If you are seeking church services during the PRI show, several motorsports ministries including Racers for Christ and the IHRA's Godspeed Ministries, will present a service on Saturday, December 16, 7:30 - 8:30 AM in room S-230H. This service is open to all exhibitors and attendees.

VICTOR BRAY RETAINS TOP DOORSLAMMER POINTS LEAD

Six-time champion Victor Bray held on to his title points lead at
the third round of the 2006/07 Top Doorslammer series, the Golden State Titles
at Perth's Kwinana Motorplex, despite just missing out on a place in the final.
Bray now holds a slender 10-point buffer over Kwinana runner-up Gary Phillips,
with event winner Peter Kapiris moving into third spot.


Bray arrived in West Australia
with the news that local favorite and old friend, John Zappia had recently run
his second sub-six-second pass and he knew that “Zap” would be hard to beat. As
expected, Zappia was incredibly quick, posting two more five-second passes in
qualifying and setting a new E.T. record for the Top Doorslammer category of
5.92 seconds. His luck didn't hold in competition, however, and he was
eliminated in the first round by Kapiris when two spark plugs failed during his
run.

ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY SEEKS GOVERNMENT GRANT TO EXPAND

Richmond County is going to bat for Rockingham Dragway and its
extensive plan for rennovation. The county has applied for a $500,000
grant to assist in the rennovation of the legendary drag strip.

The grant was submitted under the North Carolina Department of Commerce's 2006 Economic Development Reserve program .

“With
the loss of the NASCAR venues at N.C. Motor Speedway, the economic
impact of the Rockingham Dragway on both Richmond and surrounding
counties is becoming increasingly important," County Manager Jim Haynes
said.“With the Economic Development Reserve Grant Funds, we propose to
provide enhancements to the Rockingham Dragway to ensure its continued
success in Richmond County and the region,” he said.

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