Denso Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier Denso Corp., will serve as the lead sponsor of Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Angie Smith at the upcoming NHRA Carolina Nationals. The Sept. 15-17 event takes place at Smith’s hometown racetrack, zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.
The event is the first of the Countdown to the Championship, the six final race weekends of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
“I’m really excited that Denso is sponsoring me for the first race of the Countdown,” said Smith. “It’s a huge accomplishment just to be one of the 10 riders competing for the championship. I’m focused on doing my best for Denso and my team to put this Denso bike in the winner’s circle!”
With the addition of the Carolina Nationals, Denso is serving as Smith’s lead sponsor for a total of five weekend events in the 2017 Mello Yello series. Two have already taken place: the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in April and the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals in July. The remaining two are Countdown events are the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, outside of St. Louis, and the NHRA Toyota Nationals, Oct. 26-29, in Las Vegas.
Angie Smith is married to veteran rider Matt Smtih. Both qualified for the Countdown and will complete against each other for the 2017 Pro Stock Motorcycle championship.
In addition to sponsoring Angie Smith, Denso is a product sponsor of Matt Smith Racing. Denso also served as the title sponsor of the March 31-April 2 Las Vegas NHRA event and is a supporting sponsor of all 24 races in the 2017 Mello Yello series. At every race, fans will find Denso’s full line of spark plugs at Nitro Alley, the midway where they can learn more about and purchase Denso plugs.