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Joe Gibbs Racing Unveils Raybestos®/WIX® #20 Nationwide Toyota For Darlington

Denny Hamlin Will Pilot New Raybestos/WIX Entry

McHenry, IL — May 5, 2011  - After a very successful weekend in Richmond for the entire Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) organization,  its #20 Nationwide team has been busy preparing a new racecar for Denny Hamlin to drive at this Friday’s Royal Purple 200 NASCAR Nationwide race at Darlington Raceway: the first-ever Raybestos/WIX primary sponsored entry.

Hamlin took the checkered flag in the Nationwide race this past weekend, and has won the past THREE straight Nationwide events at Darlington.  He hopes to continue his winning ways this weekend at Darlington, in a car both equipped with -- and sponsored by -- long-time JGR team technical partners, Raybestos Brakes and WIX Filters.  Both brands represent divisions of parent company Affinia Group, a global leader in automotive aftermarket parts.

“It’s cool to have Raybestos and WIX Filters on my car Friday night,” said Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Raybestos/WIX Toyota. “They are two products that really contribute to our success at JGR, and hopefully we can put them in victory lane.  Raybestos provides a great brake package for our cars that I know have benefited me, especially on the short tracks we run in the Cup series… And WIX Filters has been with JGR since almost the beginning, which says a lot about the quality of their products we use.”

With the benefit of more than 100 years of on-track development, the famous Raybestos “ST” series of racing brake pad compounds provide Hamlin with consistent, reliable stopping power under prolonged high-temperature operation.  The Raybestos racing brake pads that the Joe Gibbs cars run are developed by the company’s very same engineers and friction formulators, in the same Affinia Kentucky R&D facilities, that develop & test Raybestos brake parts for streetcars, police vehicles, and the heavy-duty market.

An iconic brand within stock car racing, WIX Filters engineers the best performing, most reliable filters in the world for automotive, diesel, racing, off-road, agriculture and industrial applications.  WIX represents one of JGR’s longest running alliances, having served as a technical partner for the race team since 1993.

The lessons learned in competition on tracks like Darlington Raceway, and in working with championship-caliber teams like Joe Gibbs Racing, are continually translated into ongoing innovation and product improvements across Affinia’s Raybestos and WIX product lines.

More information on Raybestos Brakes can be found at www.Raybestos.com
More information on WIX Filters can be found at www.WIXfilters.com
More information on Affinia Group can be found at www.AffiniaGroup.com

Raybestos® brand brake parts are produced by affiliated companies in Affinia’s Global Brake & Chassis Group, the leading manufacturer of braking systems in the transportation industry. The Raybestos brakes product line includes everything from brake drums to rotors, pads, shoes, calipers and hydraulic parts. Raybestos brand racing brakes are used by premier teams such as Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports in NASCAR® competition. In addition, the Raybestos brand is the preferred racing brake pad of IZOD® IndyCar® Series and Firestone® Indy Lights road and street course competition. For more information about Raybestos brakes, visit Raybestos.com.

Since 1939, WIX Filters has been an innovator in filtration products. A member of the Affinia family of brands, WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks and off-road equipment. For more information, visit www.wixfilters.com.

Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket parts for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $2.0 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.affiniagroup.com.

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