San Antonio, Tex – Terry McMillen and his Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car, powered by TORCO Racing Fuels, leave the season opening, eMax Drag Racing Series event with a semi-final appearance and a spot among the top 3 in the point standings. The Elkhart, Indiana driver eliminated Terry Munroe before falling to Mark Thomas. Thomas went on to win the event.
Elkhart, Ind. – March 16, 2006 – If a car could smile, the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car, powered by TORCO Racing Fuels, would show off a toothy grin as big as the state of Texas. Maybe the car is just a reflection of its driver. Terry McMillen, pilot of the InstiGator, smiles as easy as the paint scheme on his hot rod. “Texas feels a lot like home for this team,” said McMillen. “It’s the first race of the eMax Drag Racing season and it’s the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals, there’s plenty to be happy about.” It’s no wonder San Antonio feels like home for the Hoosier Thunder Motorsports team, the InstiGator has posted a semi-final and final round appearance in the past 2 season.
Nashville, Tenn. – EntertainMax Worldwide, Inc., a company partly owned by eMax Holdings Corporation (OTC: EMXC), announces they have teamed up with Hoosier Thunder Motorsports Inc. and C. TradeUSA (a division of C. Trade Group) to make music with a Top Fuel team. The sound of a Top Fuel Dragster cackling to life is music to the ears for a lot of drag racing fans. With a 500 cubic inch hemi band in the background, Hoosier Thunder Motorsports and EntertainMax Worldwide, Inc. will make music with a Top Fuel team for the 2006 race season.
“This is a unique opportunity that we are extremely excited about,” stated Terry McMillen, Hoosier Thunder Motorsports owner. “Thanks to Evan Knoll I was able to prove last season that I could drive the dragster and immediately began looking for a sponsor that could build on our partnerships with Amalie Oil and Torco Race Fuels. With the addition of EntertainMax we have the support necessary to field a championship-contending team.”
“We’re both in the entertainment business,” explained Chuck Weber, CEO / President, EntertainMax. “We feel like this is an outstanding way to increase our brand awareness and highlight our diverse capabilities.”
Julie Wildgoose of Full Service Automotive Marketing and Licensing Agency spent the winter meeting with Nick Kontonicolas. Kontonicolas is CEO of C Trade USA , a worldwide investment and consulting firm based in New York. “I have worked with Julie on other projects and met Terry at the World Finals in Rockingham,” explained Kontonicolas. “I was immediately impressed with Terry’s driving and the way he managed his racing team,” added Kontonicolas (who happens to be an avid automotive expert and collector). “I knew immediately that their team and IHRA Drag Racing would offer our companies a distinct and exceptional chance to use motorsports marketing to promote our companies. It was only a matter of time before we found the perfect fit with EMax Corp. It further illustrates C. Trade Group’s expertise in consolidating and utilizing the synergies of its divisions and joint venture companies.”
The EntertainMax / Hoosier Thunder Motorsports Top Fuel entry will compete in the IHRA Drag Racing series and a limited NHRA POWERade schedule. While McMillen and Weber are excited about the announcement, both know that the Top Fuel car is just the beginning of what will be done to showcase the expansive reach of EntertainMax. McMillen added, “There are a lot of layers to this sponsorship. As we unveil more of this relationship, it will become apparent this is one of the more unique partnership in the motorsports industry.” Weber agreed, “Our EMAX family of companies have expansive reach, we intend on using all of our resources to promote our relationship with Terry and the Hoosier Thunder Motorsports team.”
EntertainMax is a multimedia, entertainment and broadcasting company that offers high-quality products and services focused in the areas of pre-recorded music, feature films, TV production, concerts, sports events, and merchandising. EntertainMax Worldwide also owns independent record labels, studios and is in the process of launching a 24-hour broadcast network.
The Entertain Max Top Fuel Dragster will be at Spring testing events and at the 5th Annual Amalie Oil Texas Nationals in San Antonio, March 24-26. “San Antonio is always exciting for us,” explained McMillen. “Amalie is the title sponsor for that race and our major marketing partner on the Instigator Funny Car as well as a major associate of our Top Fuel car. Being able to unveil the EntertainMax Top Fuel car will only add to that excitement.”
The Hoosier Thunder Motorsports team is associated with top quality, high performance companies like: Amalie Oil, TORCO Race Fuels, Flatout Gaskets, NGK Spark Plugs, MSD, Darin Mayer Performance Engineering, Performance Graphics and Crane Cams.
About EntertainMax Worldwide, Inc.
EntertainMax Worldwide, Inc., http://entertainmax.net is a multimedia, entertainment and broadcasting company that offers high-quality products and services focused in the areas of pre-recorded music, feature films, TV production, concerts, sports events, and merchandising. EntertainMax Worldwide also owns independent record labels, studios and is in the process of launching a 24-hour broadcast network.
About Terry McMillen
Terry McMillen is the driver of a Alcohol Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster racing in the IHRA and NHRA Drag Racing series. He and his wife Rhonda are team owners of Hoosier Thunder Motorsports, a multi-car drag racing team based in Elkhart, Ind. McMillen, a fan favorite in the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing series, will compete in the 11 IHRA events contested in the US and Canada and several NHRA POWERade events. Terry and the InstiGator Funny Car are featured in the IHRA Professional Drag Racing video game for XBOX, PlayStation2, PlayStation and PC. Terry is available for interviews and appearances. For more information visit Hoosier Thunder Motorsports on the web (http://hoosierthunder.com)
About eMax Holdings Corporation
eMax Holdings Corporation http://www.emaxcorp.com, is a diversified holding company investing in multimedia, entertainment, communication, broadcasting, high-end technologies, and real estate and finance industries through five corporations. eMax Holdings Corporation holds stock interest in EMAX Ventures, Inc.; Artists Innovations, Inc.; Spider Technologies, Inc.; EntertainMax Worldwide, Inc.; and Gold Rush Investments Corp.
About C Trade USA
C. TradeUSA, Inc.(C. Trade Group), http://www.ctradegroup.com, a privately held company with extensive National and International business relationships, is part of the C. Trade Group of Companies. The C. Trade Group of Companies has extensive holdings in the United States as well as in China, Latin America, Greece, and Bangladesh. C. Trade’s portfolio of companies specializes in biotechnology, environmental remediation, water purification and remediation, and automotive consultation services. C. Trade Group, Inc.’s President, Nick Kontonicolas, is an experienced, well-seasoned professional investor and corporate venture capitalist. He constantly seeks out new and revolutionary technologies which can be seamlessly integrated within his network.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the future press releases of eMax.
eMax Holdings Corp.
Here’s what you’ve been waiting for. Sit down, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and for the next 7 minutes enjoy the Hoosier Thunder Motorsports highlight video. You’ll get a sneak peek at the new logo and hints of action for the 2006 race season.
Elkhart, Ind. – Flatout Group President, Mark Adelizzi and Hoosier Thunder Motorsports team owner and driver, Terry McMillen announced today that the Flatout Group would continue and expand its four year partnership. The Flatout Group is an associate sponsor on the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car, powered by TORCO Race Fuels and will add sponsorship to the McMillen piloted, Knoll Gas Motorsports, Top Fuel team.
“Flatout is one of the most innovative companies in the motorsports industry,” commented McMillen. “Mark and the folks at Flatout are always improving on an already great product. They consistently analyze and monitor the gaskets each time we remove them for future improvements. I wouldn’t put anything else on my car.”
The Illinois based Flatout Group provides gaskets and fabrication services to the racing and industrial industry. Flatout’s full line of high performance gaskets include; Copper Cylinder Head Gaskets, their one-and-only Rubber Coated Copper (RCC) gaskets and the SaberSeal MLS (Multi-Layered Steel Head Gaskets) making Flatout the number one choice of professional and sportsman drag racers in both the NHRA and IHRA drag racing series. Flatout offers a full line of exhaust, intake, valve cover and oil pan gaskets as well.
“Being one of Flatout Gaskets biggest supporters, Terry gets a first look at all new and emerging performance gasket technologies,” said Flatout President, Mark Adelizzi. “Basically, after we prove our concepts on the dyno, Terry is one of the first teams to give us back real field testing data. His feedback is immeasurable! We’re so pleased to be involved with the whole Hoosier Thunder team, we can’t wait to see them get their Top Fuel car on track in 2006.” We expect big things from Hoosier Thunder next season and we are glad to be involved with them for our forth year!”
Flatout’s commitment to drag racing has never been more evident. Besides posting contingency sponsorship with the IHRA, Adelizzi and his associates are always looking for innovative ways to expand their market. Case in point: Adopt A Junior Dragster Program.
At the beginning of the 2005 season McMillen met the Gerthe family, an IHRA Division 4 brother and sister team. McMillen then approached Adelizzi about a program to sponsor junior dragsters. “Without hesitation Mark stepped up and joined us to start the Adopt a Junior Dragster Program last year,” McMillen explained. “I know it meant a lot to Alesi and Ayrton and the Gerthe family to have quality Flatout Gaskets on their Junior Dragster Car. It also meant a lot to me to know that I’m associated with a company that has that kind of heart and vision.” Adelizzi added, “We’re very proud of our association with the Gerthe family. “The future of our sport is very bright with young stars like the Gerthe’s.”
Flatout Gaskets are available online and also at Summit Racing.com
Greensboro, N.C. – Terry McMillen, Hoosier Thunder Motorsports team owner and driver of the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car and the Knoll Gas Motorsports LukOil Top Fuel Dragster, was honored with the “Sportsman of the Year Award” presented by the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) at their annual awards banquet held this past weekend. The IHRA considers the “Sportsman of the Year” award their ‘Most Prestigious Award’. McMillen joins past recipients; Clay Millican, Mark Horton, John “Doc” Sipple, Bruce Litton and Frank Teague along with longtime friends Quain Stott and Mark Thomas.
Terry McMillen – IHRA’s 2005 Sportsman of the YearMcMillen, known for his quick wit and colorful interviews, was caught off-guard as the announcement was made at the awards ceremony. “It was truly a surprise and a great honor,” McMillen commented afterwards. “I really didn’t know what to say or where to begin. Being on that stage with all of the past winners was humbling.”
McMillen, fighting an eye irritation, had not expected to attend the event this year. “So many people – racers, sponsors, friends – everyone, has called and offered prayers and well-wishes,” McMillen explained. “The out-pouring of support from the drag racing community has been overwhelming. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers and support.”
While McMillen may not have been 100% healthy going into the IHRA Awards Banquet, it didn’t stop the friendly banter that goes on between rival drivers. McMillen wore his sunglasses to the evening event to prevent light from aggravating his eye. During his acceptance speech, 3-time IHRA Funny Champion, Rob Atchison took a moment to note that the Funny Car field would look a little different in 2006, pointing out that McMillen would be driving a Top Fuel car and now wore sunglasses indoors, suggesting that McMillen was “too cool” to race in the Funny Car division any longer. While McMillen and the crowd had a chuckle, Terry was already wondering how and when he would have a chance to respond to Rob’s comments. Little did he know that his opportunity would come sooner than later when Terry was awarded the “Sportsman of the Year”. While the award itself left him almost speechless, it only took a minute for Terry to put on his driver’s suit and offer a “comeback” to Rob’s earlier comment. Terry suggested that the sunglasses weren’t for Top Fuel, but rather to diminish the glare that the stage lights were reflecting from Atchison’s head (Atchison chooses to shave his head).
One of the defining moments of the 2005 season came early for McMillen. Coming off a career best finish in 2004, McMillen had once again positioned himself with an opportunity to win his first event at the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals. The final round showdown would pair McMillen with then 2-time and now 3-time IHRA Funny Car Champion, Rob Atchison. However, Atchison’s car was wounded in a semi-final win against 5-time IHRA Champion, Mark Thomas. Atchison’s machine would require a new engine. Making the call for the final round was not a given for the Canadian-based team. McMillen and his crew were among the first in the Atchison pits lending a hand. “That’s just how it’s done in drag racing,” McMillen said. “When we’re on that line, we’re fierce competitors for about 6 seconds. In the pits we’re a pretty tight knit bunch.” Atchison would go on to defeat McMillen in the final round.
Some say McMillen had sealed his destiny towards winning “Sportsman of the Year” during that event in San Antonio. IHRA president, Aaron Pulborn would disagree. “There isn’t any ‘one point’ that earns this award. It’s one thousand points over a career. Terry consistently works at putting us all in the best light. Whether it’s helping the IHRA sell tickets or taking care of sponsors, he does whatever it takes to be successful.”
McMillen was quick to add, “I get the credit. But, without my team, the IHRA and great marketing partners, there wouldn’t be an opportunity to be in the position to win such an award. I couldn’t have done it without marketing partners like Amalie Oil, TORCO Race Fuels, LukOil, XLR8, Fannie May Candies, Flatout Gaskets, NGK Spark Plugs, MSD, Performance Graphics, Powershield Coatings and Crane Cams. It’s a team effort. My entire team consisting of Tad and Carrie, Brent and Denise, Dale and Dorothy, Jim and Lynnette, Jack Todd and my wife Rhonda.”
Another bright note for McMillen during the banquet was when he learned that two of his sponsors (Amalie Oil and TORCO Race Fuels) were nominated for “Sponsor of the Year”. TORCO Race Fuels will add the 2005 “Sponsor of the Year” award to its resume. “I’ve always said that we have the best sponsors in the business,” McMillen added. “Amalie and TORCO prove it year in and year out. I am very happy for Evan. His passion for drag racing has never been more evident.”
Evan Knoll, also responsible for the resurgence of the IHRA Nitro Funny Car, was named Drag Racing’s Man of the Year by the online publication “Drag Racing Online“.
Elkhart, IN – In an announcement today, Amalie Oil extended their partnership with Hoosier Thunder Motorsports for an additional two years. Amalie will continue as the Major Sponsor on the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car and add Major Associate sponsorship to the Knoll Gas Motorsports Top Fuel team piloted by Terry McMillen.
“Our relationship with Amalie Oil began in 2000,” stated Hoosier Thunder Motorsports team owner Terry McMillen. “We’re excited to add to an already strong partnership. From Harry Barkett and Denny Madden to Andrew Bornstein and the hundreds of Amalie associates, we’ve always had the strength and support of one of the finest organizations behind us.”
Amalie Oil, the Official Motor Oil of the IHRA, is also the title sponsor on two of IHRA’s top events – The Amalie Oil Texas Nationals in San Antonio, TX and the Amalie Oil North American Nationals in Epping, NH. Amalie also posts contingency in both Pro and Sportsman classes in the IHRA.
The Amalie Oil InstiGator Top Alcohol Funny Car debuted in 2002 when McMillen and Amalie Oil’s Business Development Manager, Andrew Bornstein, expanded on the popular “gator” theme that the company used for its motorsports marketing. The Amalie Oil marketing department then took over and Michelle Barkett designed what has arguably become the most recognized car in motorsports. “Everyone just loves that smiling gator car,” added McMillen. “No matter where we go, whether it’s Texas or Canada, people see the Amalie logo and ask me, ‘Hey, isn’t that the gator car?’ It’s always a great feeling.”
A driver search for the Amalie Oil InstiGator continues and an announcement is expected soon.
Amalie will make the McMillen-piloted Top Fuel Team “Better Than It Has To Be” when they add their logo as a Major Associate Sponsor during the 2006-2007 campaigns. The sponsorship will increase Amalie’s exposure and brand awareness as the Top Fuel team will compete in all IHRA and at least 8 NHRA races. “From what we can see the quality of this team is outstanding,” commented Andrew Borstein, Business Development Manager for Amalie. “They’ll be competitive from the opening day. We’re excited about this opportunity to increase our brand awareness in new motorsports markets.”
Evan Knoll’s TORCO Race Fuels is also an Amalie distributor. Knoll added, “The marketing partners on these teams gel nicely. We’re very proud of our association with Amalie and the quality products that they offer to our racers and fans.”
Since 1903 Amalie has been “Better Than It Has To Be”. The company markets its products worldwide, has distribution operations in Dallas; Jacksonville, Florida; and Los Angeles.
To learn more about Amalie Oil visit: http://www.amalie.com/
Stay up to date with TORCO Race Fuels visit: http://torcoracefuels.com
Rockingham, NC – Terry McMillen and his Hoosier Thunder Motorsports team end the 2005 season at Rockingham Dragway with high expectations and hopes. “Unless you win the championship, you always think that the season could have been better,” said McMillen. “The same is true for us. But, I don’t think I’ve ever ended a season this excited about our future.”
McMillen pulled double duty during the weekend, piloting both the Amalie Oil InstiGator, powered by TORCO Racing Fuels and the newly unveiled Lukoil Top Fuel Dragster.
Eighteen Funny Cars made the trip to fight for one of the eight spots available. The team made 3 valiant attempts to qualify the car starting on a cool and brisk Friday night in the sand hills of eastern North Carolina. The weather proved to be more trick than treat, although the round ended with McMillen in the #7 position. Temperatures were again expected to be below normal for Saturday’s qualifying and the IHRA responded positively by moving up each round 2 hours in the schedule. The InstiGator made a hard charge in the afternoon attempt, but a blown fuel line near the top end slowed the car to a respectable 5.892 ET, but in the #9 position, just .001 seconds from the field.
Due to the adjusted cold weather schedule, the Saturday turn around between qualifying attempts sent the Hoosier Thunder team into the pits thrashing. “When the fuel line broke, it leaned out the motor and left us with some damage that would require both heads to be serviced,” explained Tad “TV” Heflick, co-crew chief. The team was able to get the car back for the evening session, but McMillen wasn’t able to improve his position. “I hate ending a season like this,” added Brent “Skinny” Lidgard, co-crew chief. “The car is better and we’re better than that.”
The Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car finished the season 6th in points with 2 final, 2 semi and 3 quarter final round appearances. McMillen also set new personal best ET (5.825) and MPH (241.97) during the 2005 campaign.
Rob Atchison (2003-2005 World Champion) won 9 out of 12 events in dominating fashion, facing McMillen 6 times during the season. Atchison was only stopped 3 times from winning an event – twice at the hands of the InstiGator. “Rob and his team deserve a lot of credit,” said McMillen. “They’ve been the team to beat for 3 years running.” Jokingly McMillen added, “Heck, we’re responsible for 66% of his loses – I suppose he’ll be gunning for us next season!”
The Amalie Oil InstiGator was supported this season by its partners: Amalie Oil, eRaceFuels, Flatout Gaskets, NGK Spark Plugs, MSD, Performance Graphics, Powershield Coatings, Crane Cams, LGI Digital and Eastern Race Fuels. McMillen will be changing rides next season but the InstiGator will live on. “At this point, I’ve talked to everyone of our partners and they are excited about moving forward with the InstiGator Funny Car,” said McMillen. “It’s a very recognizable car.” A driver search has already begun and an announcement is expected sometime early this winter.
In Top Fuel action, the much anticipated driving debut of McMillen brought many to the starting line to see how the “Gator” could swim in the nitormethane pool of dragsters. With Mark Oswald consulting and under the watchful eye of Evan Knoll, the Lukoil sponsored machine made a nice 1st pass at 5.332ET / 206.20MPH after shutting down at the 1000ft mark. “We were mixing up a few cylinders on the top end – and I didn’t want to tear anything up on the first hit, so I just clicked it off,” explained McMillen. He was qualified 6th after the first round.
In what will surely be the first of many personal best for McMillen’s top fuel career, his Saturday pass helped him to join the 300MPH club with a rousing 4.774ET at 311.05MPH. The pass helped keep him in the fast field, on the bump spot, with room for improvement. “We knew after that pass we had a pretty good car,” explained McMillen. “The blower belt was shredding and we lost a couple of cylinders on the top end – we knew there was at least another tenth in that car.”
The final round of qualifying had McMillen paired with Bobby Lagana Jr. for a shot to improve his position in what would become the fastest top fuel field in IHRA history. McMillen left first and pulled away, enjoying a .006 lead to Lagana, before he lost the blower belt and burst panel. Based on Lagana’s incremental times- the Lukoil dragster was on a .60’s pass. “We were 259MPH at the eighth,” said McMillen. “I think one of the crew guys dropped a few XLR8 Chews in the tank – we were certainly on a very good pass. While I was disappointed to miss this field with all of the sponsors that we had here, it was pretty exciting to see what our future looks like – and it’s fast!”
McMillen is planning a short winter with lots of testing and announcements. The team expects to announce the addition of a crew chief, the location of their new race shop, testing and racing schedules during the next several weeks.
Mark Oswald Tunes Lukoil Top Fuel Dragster at Rockingham
Rockingham, NC – The rescheduled 10th Annual Udderly Smooth World Finals will mark the completion of the 2005 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing season. The frost on the pumpkin means those that live their life by the quarter mile will reminisce about hard fought summer battles against man, machine and mother nature. For Terry McMillen and his Hoosier Thunder Motorsports team, it marks the beginning of a new era. McMillen will use the World Finals to not only pilot his Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car, but also to make his driving debut in the Lukoil Top Fuel Dragster.
The InstiGator team is determined to get Terry an Iron Man this season before he gives up the seat in the Funny Car. “TV Tad” Heflick, co-crew chief commented, “Our team has worked very hard this season. Terry has put a lot of confidence in us and it’s time for us to deliver.” “Skinny” Lidgard, co-crew chief added, “This car has been producing a lot of horsepower all season, our half track incrementals are as fast as anyone’s, we can’t wait to put all of it together in Rockingham.” The Amalie Oil InstiGator team will be aiming for it’s second straight top 5 finish in IHRA competition.
“My phone has been ringing off the wall,” said McMillen. “Once the season is over, I’ll sit down and look at all the different potential drivers for this car. We’ve been able to create great brand identity with InstiGator for Amalie. Anything that we do will only enhance that identity and the relationship that we enjoy with Amalie.”
The rescheduled World Finals gave the Hoosier Thunder team more seat time in the newly debut Lukoil Top Fuel Dragster allowing McMillen the chance to complete his licensing and secure veteran tuner Mark Oswald for Rockingham. Oswald was the 1984 NHRA Funny Car champion and as a driver, he scored 20 national event wins – two in Top Fuel and 18 in Funny Car – in 41 final-round appearances.
“We’re very excited,” explained McMillen. “When this opportunity started coming together, Wendy Tysinger (Eastern Race Fuels) and Bo Kinney (LGI Digital) were right there to partner with us to put a fuel car together for Rockingham. The early commitment that they made was instrumental in putting this fuel team together.”
Shortly after Eastern Race Fuels and LGI Digital became associate sponsors on the car, Lukoil and XLR8 joined to assure McMillen and his team a short off-season. “It’s going to be a very short winter for sure,” added McMillen. “Heck, we love cars, it’s always a short winter for us anyway. Testing has already begun. We’re here to be competitive and win races.”
The Lukoil Top Fuel Dragster, energized by XLR8, is currently setting its 2006 racing schedule with all IHRA and at least 8 NHRA races being considered. “I believe we have the team and a car that can compete with anyone in NHRA or IHRA,” added McMillen. “I can’t wait to get started.”
Rockingham, NC – At a news conference to unveil their Top Fuel dragster, Evan Knoll, President TORCO Race Fuels and Terry McMillen, Hoosier Thunder Motorsports, used the opportunity to announce the formation of a new Top Fuel team for the IHRA Drag Racing Series.
The partnership evolved as Terry McMillen, Julie Wildgoose and Evan Knoll explored marketing plans for potential new partners. McMillen explained, “By leveraging the strengths of our existing partners, we were able to create a network of business opportunities. The dynamics of this network will bring immediate and tangible benefits.”
“We couldn’t construct a better scenario for this incredible partnership,” added Evan Knoll.
Who are these companies? Julie Wildgoose explains, “All of these companies have a common denominator. They understand the vibrant and most powerful marketing tool available today – motorsports marketing.”
Partners for the new Top Fuel Dragster include:
LUKOIL – Over the past 5 years, LUKOIL entered the U.S. market by acquiring about 1,300 Getty gas stations and 800 Mobil locations in the Northeast. It is converting them to its brand and recently launched advertising to introduce itself to consumers in 13 states.
“Branding their stores with the ‘We (heart) cars motto’ is a perfect fit for drag racing fans,” added McMillen. “We can’t wait to go to work for them promoting their brand through motorsports marketing.”
XLR8 – BestSweet, Inc, makers of high quality nutritional, pharmaceutical and confectionary products, has secured a multi-year license agreement with Dale Earnhardt, Inc (DEI) and Dale Earnhardt, Jr for XLR8 Energy Chews and now adds drag racing to it’s marketing arsenal. XLR8 (ac-cel-er-ate) Energy Chews combine taurine, ginseng, guarana, caffeine and B vitamins with a burst of cherry flavor to provide a fast energy blast when consumers need a lift. XLR8 is available in a convenient 2-serving package that packs the same power as (2) – 8 ounce energy drinks.
Amalie Oil – Since 1903 Amalie has had the reputation for high-quality, well-engineered petroleum products. Amalie is the official motor oil of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), title sponsors of 2 major IHRA events (Amalie Oil Texas Nationals – San Antonio, TX and Amalie Oil North American Nationals – Epping, NH)and the primary sponsors of the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car, one of the IHRA’s most recognizable cars.
TORCO Racing Fuels / SKULL Gear – Since 1995 TORCO has been known for high quality and high performance and is now the most recognizable name for racing fuels in the drag racing industry. TORCO sponsorships include many IHRA and NHRA teams and encompasses event sponsorships for numerous national and regional events.
Eastern Race Fuels – The year 2005 will mark the year that Eastern Race Fuels stormed into race fuel distributorship, becoming the “racers friend” when handling the race fuel needs of professional and sportsman drivers alike. Eastern Race Fuels distributes a full line of TORCO Racing Fuels and additive fuel products, along with a full line of Amalie Oil products. The Hoosier Thunder Top Fuel Dragster marks the second professional car that carries the associate sponsorship of Eastern Race Fuels. The other is the legendary Scotty Cannon and his Pro Mod car driven by son, Scotty Canon, Jr.
LGI Digital – Bo Kenny, President of LGI Digital, has been making his mark in the Top Stock category, not only by his record setting passes, but also by sponsoring or co sponsoring several cars in the Top Stock Category. LGI Digital, current class sponsors for Top Stock, will also sponsors the 2006 Top Stock Shootout with $40,000 in prize money. LGI Digital is a movie distributor that owns a small army of stores on the east coast.
While Tropical Storm Tammy and Mother Nature try to dampen festivities, the team moves forward with a plan for the World Finals in Rockingham. In addition to driving the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car, powered by TORCO Race Fuels, Terry McMillen is scheduled to compete in Top Fuel eliminations, after meeting the licensing requirements mandated by the sanctioning body. “As of today, Terry has completed all of the licensing requirements except a full pass,” said Evan Knoll. “Should the weather become a factor for licensing, the team plans to have Dale Creasy, Jr. pilot the car. A break in the weather is all that is needed.”
UPDATE – This event has been rescheduled for 10-28-30 thru 10-30-05.
Special thanks to all of the partners involved with the Hoosier Thunder Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster: LukOil, XLR8, Amalie Oil, eRaceFuels, Flatout Gaskets, NGK Spark Plugs, MSD, Performance Graphics, Powershield Coatings and Crane Cams, LGI Digital.