NHRA Drivers Ride To Victory On DENSO Spark Plugs In Las Vegas

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April 7, 2016

DENSO serves as title sponsor of the April 1-3 NHRA Nationals at The Strip

LONG BEACH, Calif. – DENSO spark plugs powered two winning Pro Stock drivers across the finish line at the 17th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals. An estimated 18,000 fans filled the venue both Saturday and Sunday to witness the action-packed drag races, held April 1-3 at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

After multiple qualifying and elimination rounds, Jason Line raced his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro to victory by covering the 1,000-foot strip in 6.712 seconds at 206.32 mph in Sunday’s final. With 463 cumulative points, Line leads the Pro Stock roster after the fourth event in the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Also racing on DENSO spark plugs, Summit Racing Equipment teammate Greg Anderson reached the last Pro Stock elimination round Sunday in his Chevy Camaro, ending his streak in 6.755 seconds at 205.88 mph for an overall third place finish. Along the way, Anderson picked up a $50,000 check by winning the Pro Stock K&N Horsepower Challenge in Saturday’s last race. With 415 points to date, Anderson now ranks second only to Line among the top 10 drivers.

“DENSO spark plugs delivered in the heat of competition, just as they do on the road for millions of motorists every day,” said Fran Labun, vice president of sales for DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., who represented DENSO as the honorary starter for the event. “We are proud to support this year’s NHRA Mello Yello Series, and we congratulate Jason Line and Greg Anderson along with all the winning teams on their success this past weekend.”

DENSO is also a supporting sponsor of the entire 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Series of 24 weekend races across the country from February to November. To celebrate the season, DENSO has launched a DENSO2WIN NHRA Sweepstakes for the chance to win an exclusive trip for two to the NHRA Finals, Nov. 10-13, Pomona, Calif. The prize includes roundtrip airfare from anywhere in the continental U.S., a 3-day, 4-night hotel stay, tickets to the 2016 NHRA Finals, and VIP access to the NHRA drivers.

At every race, fans are invited to visit the DENSO display on the midway to learn more about and purchase DENSO’s premium Iridium TT, Iridium Power and Iridium Racing spark plugs. DENSO is also posting its own race and product updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube throughout the series.

For nearly half a century, DENSO, a leading global automotive supplier, has sponsored world-class motor sports, including NHRA, NASCAR, Formula One, World Rally Championship and Super GT races. DENSO spark plugs, alternators, radiators and engine management systems are among the precision original equipment and replacement auto parts widely used by professional racing teams on every circuit around the globe.

More information on DENSO spark plugs, as well as DENSO’s comprehensive lines of auto parts, is available at retail stores, wholesale distributors and www.densoautoparts.com. The DENSO website is also designed for easy mobile access by smartphone and tablet.

About DENSO Products and Services Americas:
DENSO Products and Services Americas Inc. is an automotive components sales, remanufacturing and distribution company that employs 470 people in Long Beach and Murrieta, Calif. 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 and 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 www.densoautoparts.com.

About DENSO:
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 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 140,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, totaled US$35.9 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.2 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 www.densomediacenter.com.

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$8.0 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. For more information, go to www.densocorp-na.com.

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