Denso Goes Motorcycle Racing With Angie Smith

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Denso Products and Services Americas Inc. is partnering with Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Angie Smith as her lead sponsor for four contests during the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

The first event, the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, takes place April 28-30 at Smith’s hometown racetrack in Concord, N.C.

She is racing on Denso Iridium spark plugs for the entire 2017 season. A member of the Matt Smith Racing Team, she is within three points of breaking into the top 10 rankings for a shot at the championship.

“I started off the season with a lot of momentum and I’m getting great results on the track,” says Smith, who rides at speeds of nearly 198 mph. “I am on a mission to get our Denso Pro Stock Motorcycle into the winner’s circle this year!”

“We’re proud to sponsor Angie and support her ongoing success,” says Joseph Mejaly, senior vice president of operations, sales, strategic planning and marketing for Denso. “She’s a top competitor and an experienced technician, and we have very high expectations for her.”

In addition to the North Carolina race, Denso will sponsor Smith at the Toyota Sonoma Nationals July 28-30 in California; the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Illinois, and the Toyota Nationals Oct. 26-29 in Las Vegas.

Smith started racing competitively in the Outlaw Pro Street class where she was known by her maiden name, Angie McBride. In 2004, she captured the Outlaw Pro Street championship and a fierce rivalry ensued with competitor Matt Smith. A top-ranked Pro Stock Motorcycle racer with 18 career wins, he invited her to join Matt Smith Racing in 2008. They married in 2009.

Denso served as the title sponsor of the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals March 31-April 2, and is a supporting sponsor of all 24 races in the 2017 Mello Yello series. Denso also is a product sponsor of Matt Smith Racing.

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