ROANOKE, Va., Nov 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of batteries, brakes, parts, accessories, and maintenance items, announced today the launch of the second season of a multiyear relationship as the title sponsor of Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam(R). Advance Auto Parts and Monster Jam have a long-standing relationship dating back to 1997. Advance Auto Parts began its national partnership with Monster Jam in 2004 and became the "Official Auto Parts Retailer" of all Monster Jam events in the United States, while holding that designation until last year's transition to the title sponsorship.
In addition to becoming the series' title sponsor in 2009, Advance also became the primary sponsor of a brand new monster truck, Grinder(TM), driven by Lupe Soza, the 2004 Monster Jam World Finalsa" freestyle champion. Previously, Soza drove the Advance sponsored El Toro Loco(R). He has been racing for 23 years, eight of those years with the Monster Jam tour. Grinder's inaugural season was a great success as the team finished in the top three in nine different Monster Jam events, including tour stops in San Antonio, Houston, Roanoke, Rosemont, Biloxi, Philadelphia, West Lebanon, Stafford Springs, and Sunrise. In the upcoming season, a second Grinder truck will be introduced, driven by John Seasock. A Monster Jam legend, Seasock has been involved in the sport since 1990 and is a two-time Monster Jam World Finals racing champion, driving the Batman(TM) monster truck.
John Seasock will be introduced to Monster Jam fans as the newest member of the Advance Auto Parts Grinder race team at the Minneapolis Metrodome this Saturday, November 13 prior to Soza competing in the event that evening.
Additionally, Advance Auto Parts is proud to announce that assorted Hot Wheels Monster Jam 1:64 scale die-cast monster truck toys are now available at most store locations. Beginning in mid-December, the Grinder Hot Wheels 1:64 die-cast monster truck toy will also be available in most Advance Auto Parts stores.
Also, the Monster Jam: Path of Destruction(TM) video game made its retail debut this week. The newest addition to the Monster Jam video game franchise is the ultimate Monster Jam experience complete with unprecedented realism, customization, truck handling and all-out destruction. Fan-favorites Grinder(TM), Grave Digger(R) and Maximum Destruction(R) are all in the mix, and players can also create and customize their own trucks with thousands of options, unlocking new parts and upgrades as they progress through the video game with the ultimate goal of reaching the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World Finals.
Feld Motor Sportsa" promotes and produces over 325 yearly Monster Jam performances with over 4 million event attendees worldwide and has a national television presence on the SPEED Channel and CBS Sports. Feld Motor Sports is a customer-focused company that aligns well with the core values and culture of Advance Auto Parts. Monster Jam is committed to enhancing and bringing greater value to the fan experience for each event. Prior to the start of Monster Jam live performances, the drivers and monster trucks are accessible to the fans, who can receive autographs and have photos taken next to the 10,000 pound machines. In every community where Monster Jam events are held, heroes such as military, police, fire, and EMS personnel are recognized for their hard work, in front of thousands of people.
"As we shared last year, we felt that Monster Jam was a perfect fit for our strategies. Our partnership with Monster Jam was very well received by our customers, as well as our Team Members. We are very pleased with the returns and progress of this program," said Greg Johnson, Senior Vice President, General Manager - DIY and Chief Marketing Officer. "We also had a great year partnering with Lupe as he took the wheel of the Advance Auto Parts Grinder monster truck.
We are thrilled to add a second monster truck to the program and excited for John's contributions to our program as we have more exposure with a second truck. Lupe and John are both so passionate about this sport on top of their true passion for all things automotive." "I'm extremely excited to drive the Advance Auto Parts Grinder monster truck," said Seasock. "It's an honor to represent a well respected company dedicated to its customers and quality such as Advance Auto Parts. I'm also thrilled to team with Lupe. We've been friends for a long time and go way back, so I'm really looking forward to this new opportunity and team. This is going to be a great adventure." Additional information about the Advance Auto Parts title sponsorship of Monster Jam as well as photos of the Advance Auto Parts Grinder monster truck can be found at www.facebook.com/grindertruck.
About Advance Auto Parts Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. As of October 9, 2010 the Company operated 3,540 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Advance Auto Parts supports a variety of nonprofit organizations at the corporate and local levels and encourages its Team Members to become actively involved in various community-based charitable organizations. Nationally, Advance Auto Parts is a strong supporter of United Way and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Since 1994, Advance Auto Parts has raised more than $20 million for JDRF and is one of that organization's largest corporate supporters.
Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and online shopping for parts and accessories can be found on the Company's web site at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.
About Feld Motor Sportsa" Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam(R), Monster Energy(R) Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyza", and IHRA(R) Nitro Jam(R). Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world's largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.
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