RACING VENUES (TALLADEGA, ALA.) - Dodge Named Official Car and Truck of Talladege Speedway
Officials from Chrysler LLC and Talladega Superspeedway announced today a multi-year agreement establishing Dodge as the official car and truck of the historic Alabama racetrack. This move marks another page in the long and storied history between two legends in motorsports.
“Talladega Superspeedway is pleased to welcome Dodge as our official sponsor,” said track president Rick Humphrey. “Dodge is responsible for several key milestones in Talladega’s history and we are excited to partner with them.”
“When you ask race fans to name their favorite tracks, Talladega Superspeedway is always mentioned,” said Mike Accavitti, Director, Dodge Brand, SRT and Motorsports Global Marketing. “Dodge is proud to be the official car and truck at a track that is legendary for powerful racing at high speed. With a mix of the bold, powerful Dodge lineup of cars and trucks, and the legendary track that was first to have a driver exceed 200 mph - it’s going to be a great partnership.”
Dodge’s history with the track began September 13, 1969 when Charlie Glotzbach set the pole for the first ever NASCAR Grand National (now NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) race at Talladega Superspeedway, with a speed of 199.466 mph in a Dodge Charger Daytona. Richard Brickhouse, also driving a Dodge Charger Daytona, went on to win the race, earning the driver his first and only victory in NASCAR’s premier series. Other notable Dodge drivers to find victory at Talladega include Richard Petty (Aug. 11, 1974) and Dave Marcis (Aug. 8, 1976).
Well-known for its ability to produce big speed, Talladega Superspeedway is also the site where Buddy Baker became the first driver to exceed a 200 mph lap around a closed course. Driving a Dodge Charger Daytona on March 24, 1970, Baker circled the track at 200.447 mph.
Fan’s can see all their favorite NASCAR drivers’ approaching 200 mph when racing returns to NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track for the Aaron’s Dream Weekend, April 25-27. The Aaron’s Dream Weekend features NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and The Birmingham News Qualifying for the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series on Friday, April 25, The Birmingham News Qualifying for the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, April 26 and the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, April 27.
To purchase tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342). For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available online at www.racetickets.com, or in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST, Monday - Friday. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge on Friday and Saturday of race weekend in the general admission grandstands with a ticketed adult.
About Dodge Brand With a U.S. market share of 6.4 percent, Dodge is Chrysler LLC’s best-selling brand and the fifth largest nameplate in the U.S. automotive market. In 2007, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles in the global market. In the highly competitive truck market, Dodge has a 15 percent market share. Recently, Dodge introduced the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan with 35 new or improved features including the newest innovation, the Swivel ‘n Go™ seating system. Dodge is entering key European volume segments with Nitro, Caliber and Avenger. The all-new 2009 Dodge Journey will debut in 2008 calendar year, and will be available outside North America in both left- and right-hand drive in mid-2008. Also in 2008, Dodge will introduce its modern muscle car the all-new Dodge Challenger
About Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway is owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities. The Company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway® in Florida (home of the Daytona 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond International Raceway® in Virginia; California SpeedwaySM near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; Phoenix International Raceway® in Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 RacewaySM near Chicago, Illinois; Homestead-Miami SpeedwaySM in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York. In addition, ISC is a limited partner with Group Motorisé International in the organization and promotion of certain events at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.
The Company also owns and operates MRN® Radio, the nation's largest independent sports radio network; the Daytona 500 ExperienceSM, the “Ultimate Motorsports Attraction” in Daytona Beach, Florida, the official attraction of NASCAR®; and Americrown Service Corporation, a subsidiary that provides catering services, food and beverage concessions, and produces and markets motorsports-related merchandise. In addition, ISC has an indirect 50 percent interest in a business called Motorsports Authentics®, which markets and distributes motorsports-related merchandise licensed by certain competitors in NASCAR racing. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.iscmotorsports.com.