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Holt Cat "Night of Fire" headlines IHRA Opener in San Antoni

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NORWALK, Ohio (March 13, 2007) – Fans of the Nitro Jam™ Drag Racing Series can witness the thrill of the HOLT CAT “Night of Fire” during the upcoming Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS, March 23 – 25.


The HOLT CAT “Night of Fire,” which occurs Saturday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. during the Texas Nationals, features the final round of professional qualifying under the lights – including two flame-burning Nitro-fueled classes – and the ground-pounding Bob Motz jet-powered Kenworth truck.


“The IHRA event at San Antonio Raceway works well for HOLT CAT customers and this is a very good venue for HOLT CAT to be in,” HOLT CAT Machine Marketing Manager Joe Carreon said. “HOLT CAT is the largest Caterpillar dealership in the United States and this will be a great place for us to showcase our products and interact with the people of San Antonio. We’re looking forward to a great weekend.”


“The HOLT CAT ‘Night of Fire’ offers a great entertainment value for fans, packaging the most exciting aspects of drag racing into a three hour show,” said IHRA vice president of marketing Jim Marchyshyn. “While the entire event is a display of the world’s fastest race cars, the ‘Night of Fire’ portion of a Nitro Jam event is truly a thrilling experience, combining the final round of qualifying for our five professional categories, including the two Nitro-classes with header flames that light up the sky, and the jet-powered Kenworth truck of Bob Motz.


“We’d like to thank HOLT CAT for being such a big part of this event,” added Marchyshyn.


Adult general admission tickets for the “Night of Fire” are $35, Juniors (2-12) $5 and kids under 2 free. Each Saturday general admission ticket provides entry not only for the “Night of Fire,” but the entire day. Gates open at 9 a.m. The third round of professional qualifying is at 12 noon, with the “Night of Fire,” beginning at 6:30 p.m., capping off the days festivities.


For more information, please log onto www.ihra.com, www.sanantonioraceway.com or www.ticketmaster.com.




HOLT CAT sells, rents and services Caterpillar machines, engines and generator sets in a 118-county Texas territory spanning from the Red River to the Rio Grande. HOLT also offers total machine rebuild capabilities, sells used equipment around the world and fabricates its own line of land clearing equipment and Holt Spray King® water tankers. The Holt name has been associated with heavy equipment and Caterpillar for almost 100 years. HOLT CEO, Peter M. Holt, is the great-grandson of Benjamin Holt, who in 1904 developed the first successful track-type tractor which he named the “Caterpillar.” HOLT has come to be synonymous with quality, integrity and commitment to customer service. HOLT’s team of 2,000 men and women are committed to providing rock solid stability with superior products and services to heavy equipment and engine users from Brownsville to Texarkana, Texas. For more information, visit www.holtcat.com.


About IHRA


Headquartered in Norwalk, Ohio, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), a division of Live Nation, promotes professional, semi-professional and local level racing opportunities for drivers at all levels. The $19.5 million Nitro Jam™ Drag Racing Series is a 12-event North American professional drag racing circuit. In 2007, the series will be comprised of nine events in major cities throughout the United States and three in Canada. The Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Championship presented by Mr. Gasket consists of competition at national events and 40 events in six regional divisions, while IHRA’s Summit SuperSeries is conducted nearly every weekend at over 70 IHRA-sanctioned tracks. Providing a safe environment to develop future stars, IHRA offers the Junior Dragster Racing Series for youths ages 8-17. Stand-alone events include Live Nation’s entertainment-filled “Thunder Jam” shows and the street legal racing and lifestyle event series Kumho Street Warriorz presented by Hooters. More information can be found at www.ihra.com.

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