Don Garlits, Chairman of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing (Ocala, Fla.) today introduced two new Co-sponsors for the 2013 Induction Banquet for the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, based at the museum.

The new co-sponsors are the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA -- Glendora, Calif.) and Summit Racing Equipment (Tallmadge, Ohio).

Garlits, one of drag racing's most influential personalities and innovators, said, "I am very pleased to announce that the NHRA and Summit Racing are joining with the Museum as the co-sponsors for next year's International Drag Racing Hall of Fame's Induction Banquet.

"The NHRA has been the anchor and the pivot point for the sport since its inception in 1951, and I am deeply gratified to have NHRA aboard in a major role with the banquet.

"Summit Racing has been a long-time partner in my racing endeavors, and has had an Associate Sponsorship role with the banquet for the past several years. I am very pleased to know Summit has seen good value with their past participation with the Banquet, and increased their level of participation for next year's event."

"We have supported Don and this banquet since its inception," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "Over the years it has become a highlight of the activities in and around the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville and we are happy to increase our involvement for 2013."

"Summit Racing Equipment has had a long term relationship with Don," said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing's Motorsports and Event Manager. "He went racing with Summit sponsorship in 2003, and Don holds a place of honor as a 'Legend' on Team Summit Racing. "Big Daddy's" race cars were also fixtures in our Retail Stores for many years.

"We've been an ongoing sponsor of the banquet and are proud to step up to co-sponsor the event with the NHRA," Greenleaf continued. "The Drag Racing Hall of Fame does a wonderful job recognizing those that have helped make drag racing what it is today."

The event will be known as the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Induction Banquet presented by NHRA and Summit Racing, and will be held at the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites (Gainesville, Fla.) on Thursday, March 14, 2013 preceding the NHRA Gatornationals. The 2013 class of inductees include: Dave Boertman (Norton Shores, Mich.), Wally Booth (Beverly Hills, Mich.), Bernie Fedderly (Brownsburg, Ind.), Harry Hibler (Shadow Hills, Calif.), Hirata, Hobbs & Vodnik -- Kenny Hirata (Lowell, Ind.), Phil Hobbs (Greenwood, Ind.) and Bobby Vodnik (Oak Forest, Ill.), K.S. (Tiger) Pittman (Springfield, Mo.), Dick Rosberg (Rockingham, NC) and Louis Senter (Encino, Calif.); and the Founders Award -- Dr. Robert C. Post, PhD (Easton, Md.).

To get tickets to this prestigious ceremony call 877-271-3278 toll free or email Donna Garlits at donna@garlits.com.

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Inc. 13700 SW 16th Ave Ocala, FL 34473

Telephone (352) 245-8661 Toll Free (877) 271-3278 FAX (352) 245-6895 www.garlits.com