GLENDORA, Calif. (August 7, 2018) – DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading DENSO automotive supplier DENSO Corp., announced today that it will continue to serve as the title sponsor of the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, one of the premier events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit. The event is held each year at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with the next competition scheduled for April 5-7, 2019.
DENSO’s involvement with NHRA Championship Drag Racing goes beyond the title sponsorship for this event. The organization also created the DENSO Spark Plugs 200 MPH Club for racers in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. The program honors the first four facers in the two-wheel division who surpass the 200-mph barrier. Two drivers, Hector Arana Jr. and Eddie Krawiec, have accomplished this achievement so far this year.
“DENSO’s multi-year commitment celebrates the tremendous relationships we have with the NHRA, the competitors and the fans,” said Joseph Mejaly, senior vice president of Operations, Sales, Strategic Planning and Marketing at DENSO Products and Services Americas. “Every contest is an electrifying display of skill, talent and grit, the same forces that drive DENSO’s commitment to excellence in our products.”“2018 was the first year we brought the intensity of four-wide racing out west with the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals,” said Brad Gerber, vice president and chief development officer at NHRA. “The event was a great success and we are so glad that DENSO is continuing this title sponsorship. The fans love to see four-wide racing and DENSO’s support is integral to creating a one-of-a-kind experience.”
About DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc.
DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc. is an automotive components sales, remanufacturing and distribution company that employs 550 people in Long Beach, San Jose and Murrieta, Calif., and Plano, Texas. The company’s product line includes heavy-duty and automotive alternators, starters, oil, cabin and air filters, spark plugs, AC compressors, oxygen sensors, ignition wires, fuel pumps, fuel injectors and wiper blades. DENSO Products and Services Americas supplies parts for original equipment service dealers, independent aftermarket service centers and retailers. In addition, the company distributes heavy-duty diesel and electrical components, portable commercial air conditioning units and industrial robots. For more information, go to densoautoparts.com.
About DENSO Corporation
DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics, information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 220 subsidiaries and affiliates in 35 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 170,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, totaled US$48.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com or visit our media website at http://www.globaldenso.com/en/newsreleases/media-center/.
About DENSO in North America
In North America, DENSO employs more than 22,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 14,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$10.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. For more information, go to www.densocorp-na.com.
Photos courtesy of NHRA
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.