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Sat, 3 Nov 2007, 06:38 PM


Courtesy of NHRA Communications

NHRA Honors Auto Club CEO During Qualifying of Auto Club NHRA Finals



GLENDORA, Calif. -- For his ongoing dedication and commitment to NHRA Drag Racing and the historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Auto Club CEO Tom McKernan was honored at a track-side presentation held prior to the professional qualifying sessions at the 43rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. NHRA president Tom Compton led the on-track presentation, and a permanent plaque was unveiled near the elevator for the skybox suites atop the east grandstand.

"The Automobile Club of Southern California, under the leadership of Tom McKernan, has evolved into one of NHRA's most important sponsors," said Compton. "Tom and his team at Auto Club have a sincere passion for the sport of NHRA Drag Racing and share the values that NHRA stands for and, as a result, are involved in nearly all aspects of the business."

Besides title rights to the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals and naming rights of historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Automobile Club of Southern California is presenting sponsor of the famed NHRA Safety Safari and NHRA Street Legal Drags. In addition, the company sponsors the annual Auto Club Road to the Future Award, recognizing the sport's professional rookie of the year, as well as presenting sponsor of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and title sponsor of the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, Calif.

"The Auto Club is proud of its association with the National Hot Rod Association," said McKernan. "Founded more than 100 years ago, our organization has been intertwined with the history and growth of the automobile in Southern California - including hot rodding. Since Wally Parks founded the NHRA more than 50 years ago, it has played a key role in providing a safe and organized environment for enthusiasts to pursue their passion, in addition to fostering the growth of career opportunities in automotive technology.

"That is a commitment shared by the Automobile Club of Southern California and I am pleased to accept this award on behalf of our 8,500 employees and six million members whose dedication to safety and community service will continue honor Wally's vision and nurture our partnership."





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