NTN Bearings sponsors DW-owned No. 17 truck

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NTN enters into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Toyota Racing Development, USA, Inc. and Motorsports, as the primary sponsor of Truck No. 17 driven by .

The No. 17 "Toyota Tundra" truck will compete in all 25 Craftsman Truck series races. As the primary sponsor of the Motorsports entry in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NTN will have corporate signage and logos on driver and crew uniforms, the #17 race truck, transporter, pit equipment and show truck.

As one of TRD's partners, NTN will provide technical assistance on bearing packages to Motorsports, with a strong focus on applications, research and development to help TRD and Motorsports capture the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship.

Beginning in February 2004, the NTN truck will be featured in the Toyota television advertising program, a campaign that will include a spot in many Nextel Cup broadcasts on NBC, FOX and the SPEED Channel. The first two commercials will air in February, including spots in Nextel Cup events and NBA games. The NTN truck will also be a Toyota focus truck for die-cast replicas.

Driver , continues to pile up laps and knowledge of this brand-new Tundra as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series open testing continues at Daytona International Speedway, in preparation for the season-opening race on Friday, February 13th. Toyota announced its entry in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series last February, at the Chicago Auto Show. The Toyota Tundra race-truck body and chassis were submitted to NASCAR in July, and the first track test was conducted in August at Caraway Speedway.

TRD U.S.A. has designed and developed the Tundra Racing V8 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in its Costa Mesa, California facility. The engine was unveiled on November 5th at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The Toyota Tundra, a "produced in North America" vehicle will make its NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.

"Everyone at NASCAR is looking forward to Toyota's participation in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series," said Mike Helton, president of NASCAR. "We feel their integrated approach to this series is going to provide our drivers, teams, tracks and fans many benefits. There are many NASCAR fans working in Toyota facilities, manufacturing plants and dealerships throughout North America. We know they're thrilled at the prospect of a Toyota Tundra showing up in NASCAR Victory Lane in 2004".

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is one of NASCAR's three premier series, along with the Nextel Cup and Busch Grand National series. Competitors race on tracks throughout the U.S. as stand-alone events or in conjunction with the NASCAR Nextel Cup or Busch Grand National stock cars.

Over the last 20 years, Toyota has won championships in a variety of high-level racing series including CART, IMSA, MTEG, SCORE, CORR, Pikes Peak, as well as NHRA import drag racing and various SCCA classes. TRD, U.S.A. commenced its operation in 1979 as the North American technical arm for design, development and assembly of Toyota's racing engines. TRD also distributes a premium quality line of high-performance aftermarket parts for Toyota products.

Over the years, NTN Bearing Corporation has been a sponsor to various types of racing including the CART Champcar Series, the CART Atlantic Series, CASCAR, and the WSA/CSRA Snowcross Circuits. NTN racecars have been used to convey the company's key values of competitiveness and innovativeness, while providing NTN with a testing ground for modern bearing technology. NTN Corporation's core business is the manufacture of bearings, which range in diameter from one millimeter to five meters, for use in almost any machine or mechanical system, including automobiles, jet engines, stereos, computers, and heavy machinery.

NTN, with sales of 3.2 billion USD and 11,810 employment, also makes precision processing and automated production equipment used in the high-tech industry, including CD inspection and LCD repair systems. NTN also supplies the automobile industry with constant velocity joints, used in four-wheel drive and independent suspension vehicles.

Now entering its ninth decade in business, NTN's sales offices span five continents with 52 branches located in 17 countries. To meet the needs of its global customer base, NTN has established 22 manufacturing facilities located within North America, Europe and Asia. NTN has 7 manufacturing plants in North America and two joint venture companies making a wide range of bearing and C.V. joints.

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