Garrett named title sponsor of July 16-17 NHRA Sport Compact event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway


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            GLENDORA, Calif. (July 6, 2004), NHRA officials announced today that Garrett, a leading manufacturer of turbochargers, intercoolers and turbo kits has been named the title sponsor of the NHRA Sport Compact Nationals. The event takes place July 16-17 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and is the sixth of 10 stops on the 2004 NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series schedule.

            "Garrett is one of the most respected companies in the Sport Compact industry and we are extremely pleased to be growing our relationship with them," said Gary Raasch, Director of Marketing for the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series. "Garrett's track record as an associate sponsor with many top NHRA Sport Compact teams has proven to be very successful.  We are pleased Garrett sees value in expanding its relationship in the NHRA Sport Compact Drag Racing Series and look forward to expanding our relationship in future."

            "Garrett is thrilled to be involved in the NHRA Sport Compact community," said Tracie Parker, Garrett marketing manager. "Being one of the top suppliers of engine boosting technologies, such as turbochargers and intercoolers, our support of NHRA allows us to vividly demonstrate the huge performance and durability advantage of Garrett power under extreme conditions such as drag racing."

            One recent example of the Garrett advantage was at the NHRA Sport Compact event in Bandimere, Colo., where Garrett-turbocharged teams captured the coveted NHRA ¿Wally¿ trophy in Pro-FWD, Pro-RWD and Hot Rod classes.

"Everyone knows that Garrett's formidable combination of quick-spooling GT aerodynamics along with our ultra-durable ball-bearing center cartridge provides boost on demand," Parker said. "Our sponsored teams¿ successes at Bandimere illustrates that Garrett turbos reliably support colossal horsepower, time after time, even in the thin air of mile-high Colorado."

Garrett ( is the title product of Honeywell Turbo Technologies, a division of Honeywell's Transportation Systems. A leading manufacturer of turbochargers, intercoolers, and turbo kits, with $1.9 billion in revenues in 2003, it is the world's leading innovator of turbocharging technology.

            Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States . It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 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 Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.