September 3, 2002
Car Craft magazine names Pontiac ‘Automobile Manufacturer of the Year’
Indianapolis, Indiana – For the third consecutive year, Pontiac has been named Automobile Manufacturer of the Year by the readers of Car Craft magazine. It is the fifth time in the last six years that Pontiac has been named to the Car Craft Drag Racing All Star team.
“Our thanks go out to the readers of Car Craft and drag racing fans all over the world who are the heart of this sport,” said Fred Simmonds, Marketing Manager of Drag Racing, GM Racing. “Speaking on behalf of the thousands of employees at GM, this is a tremendous honour made even more gratifying since our participation and contribution to the sport has been recognized by the fans.
“I would also like to thank the drivers, team owners and crew members for their continued dedication to Pontiac. They’re the ones who put in the long hours testing and working in the shop in an attempt to achieve excellence on the racetrack. Thank you for your continued outstanding efforts and support of Pontiac.”
In addition to Automobile Manufacturer of the Year there were other Pontiac teams and drivers named to the 2002 All-Star Drag Racing team. GM Performance Parts Pontiac SC/T Grand Am driver and defending NHRA champion Warren Johnson was named Pro Stock Driver Of The Year. Reher-Morrison Racing engines, suppliers of GM DRCE Pro Stock engines for Bruce Allen’s Speedco Pontiac SC/T Grand Am, and other Pro Stock race teams was named both Professional Engine Builder and Sportsman Engine Builder of the Year. David Reher accepted both awards on behalf of Reher-Morrison Racing.
Pontiac is the Official Car of the National Hot Rod Association and the title-rights sponsor for the Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing in Columbus, Ohio. As the Official Car of the National Hot Rod Association, Pontiac provides support vehicles for administrative and on-site personnel of the NHRA. GMC serves as the Official Truck of the NHRA and provides support vehicles for NHRA staff, and GMC Sierras for the Safety Safari allowing them to perform their essential duties.