NSK Salutes Military Families at Michigan Speedway

Bearings manufacturer invites American servicemen and women, friends and family to NASCAR Sprint Cup race

Jun 24, 2010, 15:53 ET from NSK Corporation

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- On Sunday, June 13th, NSK Corporation paid tribute to American servicemen and women by giving them and their loved ones a NASCAR experience at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS).  NSK has been involved in the Salute to Military Families Program at MIS since its inception four years ago, providing tickets and hospitality to special guests whose lives have been altered by military duty, both past and present.  For the last two years NSK has cosponsored the event with the VFW and the program continues to grow year after year.

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In total, VFW and NSK hosted 350 guests to join in the excitement of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400.  Guests received grandstand seating on turn one along with VIP hospitality and pit row access.

All 350 guests were asked to participate in the pre-race ceremonies which included an air show featuring military aircraft and a fireworks display. Participants were able to see drivers up close during driver introductions and also had the chance to see the race Grand Marshals, Adam Sandler and Kevin James.  NSK's guests, Sheri Bedard and her nine year old son, had prime seats for the pre-race ceremonies. Sheri has been in the military for 19 years, and her husband recently retired from service after 24 years. According to Sheri, "My son and I were over the moon to be included in this event. It was the first time we had attended a race, and it is truly an experience that we'll remember and share forever.  We wish that every member of the military serving overseas could have joined us, it is a priceless memory."  

NSK is very proud to sponsor the Salute to Military Families Program at MIS. It is a chance to recognize military servicemen and women and their friends and family for their time, dedication and personal sacrifices.

"NSK continues to support the MIS Salute to Military Families program as a tribute to the dedication of our military servicemen and women and their families," says Tony Martell, VP and General Manager of NSK Aftermarket Business Unit.  "This exciting NASCAR event allows our military guests and their families to have a day of fun and to show our appreciation for the contributions they have made to our country".

NSK is committed to corporate social responsibility and supporting events that contribute to the welfare of our communities.

About NSK

Established in 1916 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, NSK is a world class manufacturer of motion and control products, leading the industry with superior quality, engineering research and technical innovation. NSK produces and distributes a wide range of rolling element bearings, linear motion and automotive component products for a variety of applications.

Operating in the Americas, NSK Corporation is a member of the NSK Ltd. group and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. NSK Corporation has a network of sales and engineering teams working in partnership with customers to deliver high performance products, application-specific solutions, superior technical support and exceptional service to the Americas market. The company's strategically located manufacturing and distribution centers supply both original equipment manufacturers and the industrial aftermarket through a broad distribution network. For more information, visit www.nskamericas.com.

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