First drag racing Racebricks released to support Densham;

Densham to banner Paralyzed Veterans of America on his Funny Car

Funny Car racer Gary Densham's title sponsor, Racebricks, has released its first two drag racing collectables. The new company and product, which already boasts official merchandise designation on the NASCAR tour, has unveiled Densham's Auto Club Funny Car from his historic 2004 victory at the 50th annual U.S. Nationals. They also are poised to release a replica of 13-time series champion John Force's current hot rod, the Castrol GTX Start Up Ford Mustang.

Racebricks are three-dimensional, laser-etched designs of racecars, movie stars, corporate logos, and pro athletes cut into a glass brick that is then mounted on an illuminated stand. Fans should know that proceeds from the sales of Racebricks NHRA designs will directly support Densham's Funny Car operation. 

"We're so pleased with how these first two cars came out," Racebricks CEO Marty Yacoobian Jr. said. "I can't wait to show them off this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I think the fans are really going to love them."

Orders for the Gary Densham 50th Anniversary Indy Winner Racebricks can be made at Racebricks.com or at Doug Herbert's merchandise trailer. When it's released, John Force's car will be available at his merchandise trailer.

"The response we've already received from the NHRA community has far exceeded anything we could have hoped for," Yacoobian said. "We're looking at extending our contract with Gary through 2006 and beyond. We love the guy as much as his fans do."

Densham sees a bright future for the fledgling company.

"I remember when they first showed me a diecast year's ago," Densham said. "I thought it was a neat little toy. Then I got my first royalty check and it was the biggest check I'd ever seen in my life with my name written on it. Now we have these Racebricks and to me these are the new diecasts. People love 'em and the fact all the sales goes back into the Racebricks Chevrolet Monte Carlo makes me so excited.

"You need lost of money to run these cars and we're always looking to increase the bottom line. Sponsors like Marty and Racebricks who get so pumped up about racing makes it all the more gratifying."

Racebricks promises many more NHRA designs in the near future.

Densham to banner Paralyzed Veterans of America on his Funny Car

Adding to the patriotic feeling at the racetrack these days, Funny Car driver Gary Densham will now display the logo of the Paralyzed Veterans of America on his Racebricks Monte Carlo. Densham hopes to raise awareness of the 60-year-old organization that looks after the interests of servicemen and women who have experienced a debilitating spinal cord injury in the line of duty.

"Next to giving your life for your country, being paralyzed when you're fighting to defend our way of life is the biggest sacrifice a person in the armed forces can make," Densham said. "If I can do something to bring attention to these folks then by all means, I'll do everything I can."

Densham unveiled the distinctive red, white, blue, and yellow PVA flag on his front fenders in Houston. He says the sticker might move around the body of his Chevy as the team adds sponsors in the future.

"We're all a little extra patriotic these days and when these guys approached me earlier in the year and asked for my help, I was happy to accommodate them," Densham said. "The people PVA serves are tough customers. They have all experienced some down times. If I can bring them something to smile about and give them someone to cheer for, then all the better."

The Paralyzed Veterans of America is a congressionally chartered veteran's service organization that was founded in 1946. Serving the special needs of its members -- veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction -- the PVA advocates quality health care for its members, research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, military benefits, and opportunities that help maximize the independence of its members.

For more information, visit PVA.org.