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Sun, 4 Sep 2005, 09:49 AM

ACDelco and Kurt Johnson Announce Contract Extension
Courtesy of Jon Knapp

ACDelco to Back NHRA Pro Stock Standout Through 2008

CLERMONT, Ind. -- In his 13 years in the NHRA's POWERade Drag Racing Series, Kurt Johnson has firmly established himself as one of the most competitive and popular figures in the Pro Stock division. A second-generation racer, he has 31 wins in 60 final round appearances, scoring Top Ten finishes in every season he has competed. A key ingredient to this continued success has been his association with premium automotive replacement parts leader ACDelco.

During a press conference at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, IN, officials from General Motors Service and Parts Operations (GMSPO) today announced they have extended their sponsorship of Kurt Johnson for an additional three years, keeping the Minnesota native in his familiar red, white and blue ACDelco livery through the 2008 season.

"Kurt Johnson has been an outstanding representative for ACDelco for over ten years, and we are proud to have him as a member of our team," said Jim Moloney, General Director of Marketing for GMSPO. "In addition to carrying us to numerous victories on the racetrack, his extensive technical knowledge and outgoing personality have proven invaluable in promoting our product.

"Whether he's signing autographs, building engines, talking shop with professional technicians or racing his ACDelco Cobalt, we know we can rely on KJ to deliver a winning performance, and we look forward to having the ultimate Real Car Guy on board for another three years."

Since making his debut in the Delco Freedom Battery Firebird in 1996, Johnson has scored 26 national event wins in 51 final round appearances, extending a string of consecutive seasons with at least one win to eleven. In 2005, Johnson and his ACDelco crew have weathered a mid-season switch to the new Chevy Cobalt to become the hottest team in Pro Stock, with three wins and five final round appearances over the last six races, placing themselves firmly in contention for this year's championship.

"Simply put, I couldn't race without ACDelco, and it's a tremendous feeling to have the company as our sponsor," stated Johnson. "ACDelco has been an integral part of the Johnson family since before I started driving, and I look forward to continuing our relationship into the future. They are tremendous people to work with, and I will do whatever I can to help move their business forward.

"We share a common goal with ACDelco to be the very best in our respective fields, and we will work together to accomplish those objectives. Not only are we here to win races and championships, but also we're here to make sure everyone uses ACDelco premium replacement parts. After all, they are the official parts of the Real Car Guys."

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