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DON SCHUMACHER RACING AND OKUMA AMERICA INK ASSOCIATE SPONSORSHIP AND MARKETING PARTNERSHIP AGREEMEN

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in the development of Computer Numeric
Controls (CNC) and machining technology, has entered into a manufacturing and
marketing partnership agreement with Don Schumacher Racing, becoming the
"Official Machine Tool Supplier" for Don Schumacher Racing.

"With the rapid expansion of Don Schumacher Racing comes the need
to design and manufacture more and more proprietary parts in house," said Don
Schumacher. "To make that happen we needed to align ourselves with a world
leading company in the CNC industry. We knew that Okuma already had a variety of
successful programs in the motorsports industry, including Bill Miller
Engineering, Competition Cams and with Richard Childress Racing. On top of those
programs, Okuma partnered with the NHRA as the Official Machine Tool Company. We
did our homework and we realized we didn¹t need to look very far. It made sense
for Don Schumacher Racing to partner with Okuma."

IS SHAUN CARLSON HISTORY AT DSR?

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has learned from multiple sources that Don
Schumacher Racing driver Shaun Carlson's future may be in serious jeopardy and
there's a likely chance he will be absent from the next event in Brainerd.

"I have no comment on the situation," team owner Don Schumacher
said. "I can't say whether or not Shaun will be driving the car in
Brainerd."

STATEMENT FROM WHIT BAZEMORE REGARDING RECENT REPORTS OF HIS MAKING AN INAPPROPRITE GESTURE TO SCOTT

Whit Bazemore denies he was giving anyone "the finger" during Sunday's ESPN2
telecast.

"I was not making an inappropriate gesture to anyone. I was
telling a young fan to wait a minute while I went back into the trailer to
retrieve a Sharpie," Bazemore said. "If you study the TV footage in slow motion
you can see that it is clearly my index finger. It does look suspect in real
time, but I would never flip someone off in the presence of fans, especially
young ones, who had started to crowd around when I walked out behind the car to
pack the parachute.

"Plus, I do not know Scott Kalitta well enough to make that kind
of gesture, even jokingly, and I had no reason to do it anyway.

"I am extremely disappointed in ESPN's lack of discretion to air
something that is so misleading."

WHO OWNS THE SPONSORSHIP? THE DRIVER OR THE TEAM?

With the recent split of Erica Enders and Victor Cagnazzi Racing and the
sponsorship with SLAMMERS, we have witnessed similar situations facing NASCAR
and IRL. Ad Age asks the question, "Who owns the sponsorship?"

We've often wondered the same thing.

Who Owns the
Sponsorship?

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NEW CARS FOR 2007 UPDATED

12-20-06-newcartime.jpgTorco’s CompetitionPlus.com
opens its annual “What’s new” gallery to prepare you for the upcoming 2007
season. This annual feature will run through February.

 

MINOT, N.D. RESIDENT WINS TRIP TO NHRA FINALS

Recently flexing his
competitive muscles behind the wheel of a Funny Car racing simulator at the 25th
annual Lucas Oil Nationals, Minot’s Jim Tarasenko, 53, beat out hundreds of
participants to become the local POWERade Fan Nationals Event Champion. Now,
Tarasenko will travel to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona at the end of the season to
compete for the national championship.


Tarasenko, a technician for the North Central Research Center,
will ultimately be one of 23 Event Champions from drag strips across the country
to compete to become the Series Champion. He and one guest will travel to the
42nd Annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.
the weekend of Nov. 9-12, 2006. There, Tarasenko will compete in a series of
qualifying rounds for the chance to claim the title of POWERade Fan Nationals
Series Champion.

“This is one of the best experiences of my life,” Tarasenko said.
“I never thought I’d win the Fan Nationals. I can’t believe it. This is the
fourth time I’ve competed in the Fan Nationals; I’m thrilled to win.”

ENCORE - THE EARLY DAYS OF 500-INCH PRO STOCK

11-11_500ps.jpgThe cover blurb on the October 22, 1981 issue of National DRAGSTER said it all.

1982 Rules: Pro Stock Revamped.

The NHRA decided they’d had their fill of the pounds-per-cubic-inch format which had defined the Pro Stock division since its inception in 1970.

The continual factoring of the leading Chevrolet and Ford combinations had proven aggravating at best, and controversial to say the least.

The Pro Stock division would now be based on a universal 500 cubic inch limit with a weight of 2,350 pounds.

ENCORE - POUNDS PER CUBIC HEADACHE - THE DAYS BEFORE 500-INCH PS

1-13-07-cubic.jpgWe all take for granted that Pro Stock has been a simple formula. Today, those that participate in the class carry a common weight of 2,350 pounds in a two-door American made coupe no older than five years old with the source of motivation coming from an engine that displaces 500-cubic inches. Sounds pretty simple, huh? It has always been the nature of man to start with things in a difficult fashion and make it easier as knowledge and technology permit. Such was the case with NHRA Pro Stock as it took them nearly a decade to make the drag racing equivalent to NASCAR an easy proposition.

When the NHRA announced that they would be changing to a "mountain motor" format for the 1982 season, they were the last of the three major sanctioning bodies to abandon the small block Pro Stocks. The AHRA, whose rules had initially mirrored those of the NHRA inevitably allowed small blocks the use of nitrous oxide as they converted over to the mountain motor format a year prior to the NHRA's decision to abandon ship.

 

 

 

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