NAPA AUTO PARTS becomes the title sponsor of the new NASCAR Busch Series race in Canada

    MONTREAL, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Robert Hattem, President and Chief
Operating Officer of UAP Inc. announced today that NAPA will be the title
sponsor of the new NASCAR Busch Series race, the first ever in Canada, at
Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, on August 4. The NASCAR Busch Series is
a highly popular racing series in North America and NASCAR has a strong fan
base in Canada with more than 5.8 million fans.
    "This third road course race will feature the NASCAR Busch Series'
spectacular drivers and more than 40 of its powerful V8 700 HP stock cars",
said Mr. Hattem. "Thanks to our sponsorship agreement with the NASCAR Busch
Series and Stock-Car Montreal, this race will be known as the "NAPA AUTO PARTS
    NAPA AUTO PARTS will also be sponsoring the #99 NAPA Toyota Camry and its
driver David Reutimann in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 at Circuit Gilles
    "We know how passionate fans in Canada are about motorsports and I am so
glad that we are finally coming to this country with the NASCAR Busch Series",
David Reutimann said. "I'm honored to work with NAPA AUTO PARTS and represent
their company in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in
    "Since the announcement of the new NASCAR Busch Series race last October,
the fan response has been overwhelming," Busch Series director Joe Balash
said. "Our partners in Montreal are well aware of what our needs are up there
and our common goal is to put on a great race on August 4."
    "Being the leader in the Canadian automotive aftermarket industry in
quality service and performance, we have decided to partner with the NASCAR
Busch Series and Stock-Car Montreal to build what will become one of the most
attractive sporting events in Canada both in terms of on-site attendance and
TV viewership," concluded Mr. Hattem.

    About UAP

    UAP Inc. is the leading automobile parts and accessories distributor in
Canada. UAP's NAPA network of nearly 600 corporate and associated stores
supplies more than 6,185 sales outlets from coast to cast. UAP Inc. is a
branch of GPC and employs more than 4,300 people.

For further information:

For further information: Patrick Nichol, Vice President Marketing and
Product Development, (514) 256-5031 x 7267; Daniel Granger, Media Relations,
(514) 840 7990, Cell. (514) 232-1556

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