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March 15, 2007

Contact: info@texasracefest.com


TOYOTA U.S.A. announced as presenting sponsor



Austin, TX (March 15, 2007) - Full Throttle Productions – producer of the award winning “Allstate Texas Thunder & Lightning Racefest” – today announced that Toyota Motor Sales, USA has signed on as presenting sponsor of this year’s NASCAR Grand National Division and USAC National Midget Series races. Billed as the “Allstate Thunder & Lightning Racefest presented by Toyota” the multi-day event is the only place in Texas that fans can see both a NASCAR race and a USAC race at the same facility.


“We are very excited to bring NASCAR and USAC racing back to Central Texas once again,” Aryn White, co-founder of Full Throttle Productions, said. “This is the only stop in our state for both of these series and we are pleased that Toyota has joined us as a valued partner in bringing this event for Texas race fans.”


This year's “Allstate Texas Thunder 150,” a NASCAR Grand National Division race, will be the season opener for the series and thirty or more drivers from around the country will race to win on Sat., March 31st, at Thunder Hill Raceway. Prior to the NASCAR race will be a 50 lap TSRS Late Model race which should get the fans primed for what’s to follow.


Another addition for 2007 will be that the “Allstate Lightning 100” USAC race will be one of only three USAC races nationally which will be part of the "Toyota Challenge”. A ‘championship within a championship’ that will pay out a $25,000 prize fund to the top five car entrants based on USAC National Midget Racing Series entrant points for the three races. Included in the prize fund will be a $15,000 award to the Toyota Challenge Champion.


“At Toyota, we are constantly watching the changing landscape and evaluating existing and potential future sports properties. Full Throttle Productions has demonstrated with ‘Racefest’ over the last two years that they are the premier short track asphalt promoters in the Southwest. Being familiar with Tavo as a fine racecar driver, it is nice to see that he is carrying on the family legacy as world class producers of events,” said Les Unger, National Motorsports Manager for Toyota Motor Sales. “Full Throttle understands the planning, implementation and execution of their partners and we look forward to working with them for some of our strategic goals in Central Texas.”


The midway/concession area will feature interactive fun with a climbing wall, face painting, two moonwalks, all day DJ, driver autograph session, sponsor tents (register to win prizes), live music by local band Uncle Lucius, a drawing for one lucky fan to win a ride in a Nextel Cup car with a Texas racing legend and much more!


The “Allstate Texas Lightning 100” race, held April 7th, will showcase the lightning fast speeds of USAC National Midget Series racing. The premise of USAC Midget racing is simple: squeeze as much horsepower as you can into a compact engine and bolt it onto an open-wheel, open cockpit lightweight chassis. The result is an intensely fast, pure racing machine built for heart-stopping, wheel to wheel action. Legendary drivers A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti, as well as current superstars Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne consider their achievements racing USAC Midgets as some of the most difficult and rewarding accomplishments of their careers.


“We are honored that Toyota U.S.A. has joined our list of partners and truly feel that

Racefest 2007 is an event Central Texans won’t want to miss. The fast speeds and close racing of NASCAR and USAC make it some of the best short track racing in the country. Coupled with a family friendly environment, it makes for an affordable event that will be fun for adults and kids alike,” said Tavo Hellmund, co-founder of Full Throttle Productions.


About Toyota – www.toyota.com


About the NASCAR Grand National Division

The NASCAR Grand National Division cars are nearly identical to those used in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and in the NASCAR Busch Series. It is the only NASCAR division that allows teams to choose. The cars are powered by 350 to 358 cubic-inch V-8 engines with a maximum compression ratio of 12:1, with a minimum weight of 3,300 pounds without the driver.


About the United States Auto Club National Midget Series

The USAC National Midget Car Series has produced some of the top open-wheel and stock car racers, and continues to be home to some of America’s great racing talent. During its 11-month season, USAC hosts some of the most competitive racing in the country.


About Full Throttle Productions

Full Throttle Productions, LP is an Austin, Texas, based sports and special event production company that provides event project management, day of event oversight, staffing and volunteer services, venue planning and logistics support.



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