Antron Brown moves forward at a very rapid pace in his 7,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragster, and the 23-time NHRA winner will be moving forward with a new look as he competes for the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle world championship at the Memphis NHRA race. Brown and the Mike Ashley Racing Matco Tools team will fly the colors of Toyota at the 22nd annual O’Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Oct. 2-4, at Memphis Motorsports Park.
The arrangement between Matco Tools and MAR gives the team the opportunity to generate additional funding and place a marketing partner in the primary sponsor location at given events. Brown raced the DirecTV/Matco Tools dragster to the win at the Madison race in May. The team’s customary bright blue and silver pinstriped Matco Tools Iron Eagle dragster theme will return for the final three races on the 2009 NHRA schedule, in Richmond, Las Vegas, and Pomona.
“Toyota has been a loyal supporter of our MAR team, and we thank them for that,” Brown said. “I love driving my Sequoia, and we’re fired up about racing this Toyota/Matco Tools car at Memphis during the Countdown [to 1]. The red and white paint scheme looks great, and I know that the fans will really dig the car. There are a lot of Toyota dealers with technicians that use Matco Tools, so this is a great partnership for all of us.”
The Toyota/Matco Tools rail will feature a one-race red and white paint scheme at the third race in the Countdown to 1. The stacked Matco Tools logo will be prominently displayed on the side of Brown’s Top Fuel dragster. Brown will wear a new Impact! Racing Toyota firesuit, and MAR crewmembers will sport red and white Toyota crew shirts at the Memphis race. The team also will offer a special Toyota-themed autograph card that features a $10 coupon on a Toyota parts and labor purchase of $50 or more.
“Antron and the entire Mike Ashley Racing team have been outstanding representatives for Toyota both on and off track during 2009. We wish them continued success with the Countdown to 1,” said Les Unger, Toyota Motorsports national manager.