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LAGUNA SECA PPG INDY CAR FINALE TO BE THE MAKITA 300

 MONTEREY, Calif., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The season-ending PPG Indy Car World Series race, the feature event of the Toyota Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca Raceway, Oct. 1-3, will be sponsored in 1993 by power tool manufacturer Makita.
 The Makita 300 was announced today by Jack Hori, senior vice president of Makita, and Scott Atherton, general manager of Laguna Seca Raceway. The new relationship with Laguna Seca marks Makita's first sponsorship association in major league auto racing.
 "Makita is excited to be a part of such a prestigious event as the Laguna Seca PPG Indy Car Finale," Hori said, adding that he feels the sponsorship is a "natural" for Makita's products.
 "All of us at Laguna Seca Raceway are proud to be adding a household name like Makita to our race," Atherton said. "Makita is known for very high quality power tools, and will certainly be an excellent addition to our existing corporate partners. We're looking forward to introducing Makita to IndyCar racing and establishing a long term relationship."
 A leading international manufacturer of industrial-quality corded and cordless power tools, Makita has nine regional distribution facilities and a network of 300 service centers nationwide.
 In operation since 1957, Laguna Seca first hosted a PPG Indy Car World Series event in 1983 when Italian Teo Fabi captured the win. The popular event became the season-ending IndyCar race in 1989, and ever since Laguna Seca Raceway has featured some of the closest championship finales in IndyCar racing history.
 Last year, Michael Andretti charged to his second consecutive Laguna Seca IndyCar win but fell short in a bid to beat four-time event winner Bobby Rahal (1984-1987) for the PPG Cup title. In addition to Fabi, Andretti and Rahal, other Laguna Seca IndyCar winners include Danny Sullivan (1988 and 1990) and Rick Mears (1989).
 Another championship battle and a new first-time Laguna Seca winner are both likely this year as the 1993 PPG Indy Car World Series has turned into a three-way title chase between reigning Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell and Marlboro/Penske teammates Emerson Fittipaldi and Paul Tracy.
 Laguna Seca Raceway is operated by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP). A non-profit organization since its inception in 1957, SCRAMP has donated over $5 million to numerous charities.
 Advance tickets to the Toyota Monterey Grand Prix featuring the Mikita 300 are on sale now. Fans can get information and order tickets weekdays by calling the Laguna Seca Raceway office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT. The toll-free telephone number is 1-800-327-SECA. Tickets are also available at Bass Ticket outlets. Children under 12 are admitted free.
 Free Monterey-Salinas Transit bus service to Laguna Seca Raceway is available for race ticket holders. Call 408-899-2555 or 408-424-7695 for further information.
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 /CONTACT: Mary-Ellen Wright-Rana of Laguna Seca Raceway, 408-648-5116/


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