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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
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ROCKSTAR MAKITA LEDUC RACING RETURNS FOR MORE ACTION IN 2010

Father-and-sons off-road race team launches season with strong performance in Las Vegas

MARCH 9, 2009 – La Mirada, Calif. – Rockstar Energy/Makita Team LeDuc Racing launched a new season of short course off road racing at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series opener in Las Vegas last weekend. Makita joins Rockstar Energy as a 2010 sponsor of Team LeDuc Racing, marking their third season of partnership. 
 
The father-and-sons race team, consisting of Curt LeDuc and his sons Kyle and Todd, is a fan favorite on off-road race tracks across the US. Rockstar Makita LeDuc Racing ended the 2009 season with a strong finish in Las Vegas, and the team is looking forward to carrying the winning momentum into 2010.
 
“Our life and career is based on power, and Makita delivers to our highest expectation, day in and day out,” said Kyle LeDuc. Curt LeDuc added, “Having the right Makita tools in the pits gives us the confidence on the track that we can repair anything before the next round.”
 
“We’re happy to be a part of this amazing race circuit with Rockstar Energy and the best family race team in the business, Team LeDuc Racing,“ said Brent Withey, Makita senior brand manager. “The speed and energy of this exciting sport continues to catch on, and we look forward to being a part of the action in 2010.”
 
2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS) Season Opener
Rockstar Energy/Makita Team LeDuc Racing ended the 2009 season with a strong performance in Las Vegas, and last weekend they picked up where they left off at the 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS) opener in Las Vegas. In the Unlimited 4 truck final on Saturday, Curt and Kyle LeDuc went to work against the rest of the field in their 800 horsepower Ford F-150’s. Kyle battled with Johnny Greaves for much of the race and made a spectacular mid-air pass of Rick Huseman to move into second place behind Scott Douglas, and held on to earn a position on the podium. Curt (pictured at right) moved his way through traffic from tenth place to finish just off the podium in fourth place. Todd LeDuc experienced a damaged radiator in his 800 horsepower Ford truck and battled slick track conditions, but kept his cool and captured a tenth place finish in Sunday’s Round Two Unlimited 2 battle. 
 
Rockstar Makita LeDuc Racing is preparing for the next stop on the LOORS circuit, which takes place at Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise, AZ on April 17-18, 2010.
 
Makita’s Accelerated Presence in Live Racing and Action Sports
In addition to short course off road racing, Makita is a fixture in Supercross and Motocross as Makita and Suzuki Racing recently began their sixth year of partnership with the launch of the 2010 Supercross season. Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing Team will also compete in ATV and Superbike racing in 2010.  Makita and Rockstar are also sponsors of the Scheuring Speed Sports Sno-Cross Team. In addition to live racing, Makita’s is the Official Power Tool sponsor of Major League Soccer (MLS), and the Mexican National Soccer Team (FMF) during their competitive matches in the US.
 
About Makita
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge technology and innovation to engineer tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial strength power and results. Makita’s extensive line of cordless lithium-ion tools includes 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion, 18V Compact Lithium-Ion®, and 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion®. Other best-in-class products include rotary and demolition hammers and saws equipped with Anti-Vibration Technology™ (AVT™), 4-Cycle outdoor power equipment, Super Joint System (SJS) grinders, miter saws engineered with Deep and Exact Cutting Technology (DXT), and more. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit the website at makitatools.com. You can follow Makita at facebook.com/makitatools and twitter.com/makitatools. Makita is Best in Class Engineering.

 

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