Raybestos NASCAR Ford Mustang Debuts at Richmond

Richmond, VA (Sep. 9, 2010) – Kelly Bires will drive the No. 25 Raybestos Brakes Ford Mustang for Team Rensi Motorsports in qualifying for the Sept. 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia 529 Savings 250 race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

Bires has made seven starts this season and claimed one top-10 finish (seventh-place in race No. 2 at Auto Club Speedway). He has racked up 12 top-10 finishes in 75 career starts. Team Rensi Motorsports has earned five wins, 42 top-five and 98 top-10 finishes since its inception in 1999.

Along with the iconic Raybestos Brakes “Racing Flags” logo on the hood of the new bright red Ford Mustang Nationwide COT car, the image of the Raybestos 1932 Roadster Pickup hot rod will be displayed on the car’s rear quarter panels. The Raybestos Roadster Pickup was built by acclaimed hot rod builder Troy Ladd and his team at Hollywood Hot Rods, in Burbank, California.
As part of a Raybestos national sweepstakes promotion, the hot rod will be given away to a professional mechanic, do-it yourself Raybestos customer, or race fan. For promotion details, and to enter for a chance to win, visit www.RaybestosGarage.com before September 15th, 2010.

“It’s a huge opportunity not only for me and not only the team but to have Raybestos come on board and to be able to go to a track where brakes mean everything and firing the #25 car back up with Raybestos logos on the quarter panels. It’s going to be a neat deal,” said driver Kelly Bires.

In thinking forward to the demands on his Raybestos brakes package at Richmond, Bires continued: “Any short track in NASCAR, with the heavy cars and stuff that we’ve got here, just requires an extreme braking package — and a package that can handle the abuse of it. We’re happy to have Raybestos on the car.”

The Raybestos hot rod build, and brand’s national sales promotion surrounding it, have been developed to help engage DIYers, hotrodders, mechanics, and race fans in celebrating the racing heritage and performance of Raybestos Brakes and Chassis Parts.

The hot rod features racecar-inspired construction, but with retro styling and modern technology — including the all new Ford 5.0L Ti-VCT “Coyote” V8 engine from the 2011 Ford Mustang, cleverly disguised with Hilborn stack injection and vintage valve covers to resemble an early 1960s Ford 427 SOHC race engine.
After Friday night’s race, fans can also tune into Hot Rod TV on SPEED the morning of Saturday, September 10th, to watch a full episode chronicling the build of the Raybestos® ‘32 Roadster Pickup; from fabrication of the chassis, to installation of the brake system, all the way through to the application of the custom paint job. Check local listings for exact show times in your area.

Check out the Raybestos Roadster Pickup build process, photo galleries, and video updates from builder Troy Ladd at our website: www.RaybestosGarage.com

For more information on the Raybestos Roadster Pickup, the correlating sweepstakes, or for questions on any Raybestos brand brake or chassis product, visit www.Raybestos.com or call (800) 323-0354.

Raybestos® brand brake parts are produced by affiliated companies in Affinia’s Global Brake & Chassis Group, the leading manufacturer of braking systems in the transportation industry. Including everything from brake drums to rotors, pads, shoes and hydraulic parts, Raybestos brand brakes are the official brakes of NASCAR and the only brakes used by Joe Gibbs Racing in competition. In addition, the Raybestos brand is the preferred brake friction of the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights.

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