GLENDORA, Calif. (March. 10, 2009) - United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) has secured title rights sponsorship of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events in Chicago and Englishtown, it was announced today by NHRA officials.

The United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals will be contested June 4-7 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. and the United Association NHRA SuperNationals will take place the following week, June 11-14, at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.

"Through NHRA's unique platform and proven ability to personally reach out to fans attending a national event, UA hopes to build awareness for the International Training Fund (ITF) and United Association as well as recruit new members," said Gary Darcy, senior vice president of sales and marketing, NHRA.

In addition to sponsoring NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events in Chicago and Englishtown, United Association will receive display space at three additional events: the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis; the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka; and the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The interactive display space features welding booths and virtual simulators and is designed to drive awareness for and showcase the benefits of United Association and the International Training Fund.

"The UA Team is thrilled with the partnership we have developed with NHRA," said Michael Arndt, UA Director of Training. "The UA through this new partnership will have access to a yet unexplored group of apprenticeship applicants. These applicants will become a part of our ongoing recruitment effort and supply additional applicants to pipe trade apprenticeship programs throughout the United States. These apprenticeship programs are in the welding, plumbing, pipefitting, HVACR and sprinkler fitting industries of the pipe trades."

In addition to the title rights sponsorships to the events in Chicago and Englishtown, N.J., United Association is an associate sponsor on the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Top Fuel Dragster driven by Spencer Massey and owned by Don Prudhomme Racing.

IMG, NHRA's strategic marketing partner, identified the opportunity and provided assistance to NHRA in procuring the sponsorship package at both the sanctioning body and team level.

Tickets for the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals, June 4-7 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. are available by calling (815) 727-RACE or online by CLICKING HERE .

*NOTE: Information courtesy of NHRA

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