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Big O Tires Inc. franchisee Bill Windham, owner of the Big O Tires A/Fuel Dragster entry on the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, has formed an alliance with David Baca, driver and owner of the Baca Motorsports Top Fuel entry on the POWERade Drag Racing Series.

The new alliance will be called Baca and Windham Motorsports.

"My partner, Greg Mitchell, and I had been chatting with Mike Henkelman over at One Accord Marketing about an action plan for our A Fuel team to graduate to Top Fuel," says Windham. "He encouraged me to take a closer look at David's program.

"Greg and I spent some time with David at the Auto Club Finals and we were definitely impressed. This is a top cabin crew with the best parts and resources available. I was impressed with David as a driver and a spokesman, and he clearly has my taste in crew chiefs.

"After the race, I had no doubt that our future in motorsports was as a single unit. I am excited, Big O Tires and Mach One Air Services are excited, and we look forward to running hard in 2006."

"For 2006, it made sense for us to pool our resources together, and merge the teams," says Baca. "Bill has proved in short order that he is a force to be reckoned with on both the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

"We have a number of different companies we are working with and our sponsors will reap the benefits of advertising on both race cars. Bill and I have very similar ambitions in regards to growing the team and adding more race cars."

Rick Henkelman has been named crew chief for both race cars.

Big O Tires, a subsidiary of TBC Corp., serves more than 560 franchised stores, primarily in the western and mid-western states.

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