Spartanburg, SC – KYMCO USA has entered into a partnership with National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) team Cagnazzi Racing, further integrating KYMCO within the sport.
KYMCO USA is providing Cagnazzi Racing with multiple vehicles for their use at NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events and at its Mooresville, North Carolina (“Race City USA”) facility.
Cagnazzi Racing, owned and operated by Victor Cagnazzi, is the two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion with 31 victories, 306 total round wins and race wins at 21 of 22 NHRA tracks since its inception; most notably via its premier drivers Jeg Coughlin, Jr. and Dave Connolly.
“We are thrilled to welcome KYMCO into the Cagnazzi Racing family,” said team owner Victor Cagnazzi. "Each of our partners is second to none and we are very excited that KYMCO is now a part of a dynamic group” added Cagnazzi Racing Senior Vice President Ken Cohn.
“With our commitment to innovation and performance, KYMCO fits our corporation’s outlook on being “best in class” with uncompromised dedication. Our relationship will be mutually beneficial to both organizations through unique marketing initiatives”, added Cagnazzi Racing’s General Manager Bryce Gandy.
Rick Pawelka, KYMCO Director of Marketing, added, “The NHRA fan base is very important to our industry and KYMCO USA is pleased to be associated with the Cagnazzi Racing team. We look forward to a long, winning relationship with them.”
KYMCO's roots in the motorsports industry go back to its founding in 1963 as the Kwang Yang Motor Company, Ltd., with headquarters in Taiwan. Long a leader in quality, fuel economy, and versatility, today KYMCO manufactures motor scooters, motorcycles, and ATVs at five plants in Asia, including the main facility in the city of Kaohsiung.
KYMCO is the largest scooter manufacturer in Taiwan and currently exports to 88 countries worldwide. All KYMCO plants use the latest technology for the engineering and production of reliable engine, chassis, and other components. Since 2004, KYMCO has been officially accredited for ISO-9001 quality in manufacturing. KYMCO is committed to maximum customer satisfaction and constant innovation, making use of the most advanced CAD/CAE tools to bring superior engineering and design to their products.
The company's partner in the United States is KYMCO USA with headquarters, marketing and distribution centered in Spartanburg, South Carolina. KYMCO USA is dedicated to building the brand's reputation and market share through superior value, frequent new product introductions, strategic industry partnerships, and excellence in dealer network support. KYMCO USA has a reputation and expertise gained through over 30 years in the U.S. motorsports industry.
Cagnazzi Racing, owned and operated by Victor Cagnazzi, and based in Mooresville, NC, was formed in August 2000.
Cagnazzi Racing’s first Pro Stock truck team began competing in February 2001 (with Victor Cagnazzi as the driver) while its first Pro Stock car team was formed in January 2002, and began racing in August 2003, with Steve Johns, a former amateur champion, as the driver.
Cagnazzi Racing was formed with the goal of delivering race wins and championships through the utilization of cutting edge technology and proven methods. The charter of Cagnazzi Racing is defined by two core elements:
Racing competitively in the world of NHRA drag racing and helping its partners reach business objectives and success through professional program management and high-level access to America’s fastest and most exciting form of motorsports.
To date, in addition to its 2 NHRA Pro Stock Championships, Cagnazzi Racing has garnered 306 total round wins, 31 race wins, victories at 21 of 22 NHRA tracks, a 40.4% combined win rate from 2007-2008, and an NHRA-leading 7 wins in 2009.