General Motors Company and its Chevrolet Performance brand has signed a multi-year deal to become title-rights sponsor of the largest and most prestigious event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
The event is traditionally held on Labor Day weekend with the 2013 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals scheduled for August 28-September 2. The event features 11 hours of coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, including six hours on race day, Monday, September 2, from noon to 6 p.m. ET.
General Motors and its brands are not unfamiliar to NHRA, having been involved in the sport since the beginning and winning its first NHRA Manufacturers Cup with Chevrolet in 1966. Between Chevrolet and other GM divisions, General Motors has won the NHRA Manufacturers Cup a record 43 times, the last in 2010.
The U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is also the final event in the 18-race NHRA regular season, and the top 10 fields in each of the four Pro categories will be finalized there for the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six-race playoffs.
On the team side, General Motors has a long and storied history in the sport with countless driver championships and NHRA event wins in both the Professional and Sportsman ranks. Currently, the Chevrolet Camaro is competing in the Pro Stock ranks, led by the flagship team of Ken Black Racing and drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line.
And Chevrolet’s involvement is not limited to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In 2012, Chevrolet Performance introduced the COPO Camaro, built specifically for the dragstrip and to compete in the Stock and Super Stock classes in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
For more information, visit www.nhra.com.
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