Tuesday, February 28, 2012


GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2012) – NHRA drivers Matt Hagan, Bob Tasca, Jack Beckman, Bob Vandergriff, Hillary Will, Leah Pruett and Cassie Simonton will team up with the Harlem Globetrotters when they visit Gainesville on March 7th, in advance of the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals presented by NAPAFilters.com taking place at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, March 8-11.  

The drivers will be featured during the game, take part in a jersey swap with the Harlem Globetrotters and other exciting in game activities.  Fans attending the game also will be able to get an up-close look at seven-time Top Fuel world champ Tony Schumacher’s U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, which will be on display as they enter the Stephen C. O’Connell Center prior to the game.  Fans in attendance at the event will also have the opportunity to win exclusive Top Eliminator Club tickets for Friday of the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals presented by NAPAFilters.com.

“I’m really looking forward to going to the game,” Top Fuel driver Will said. “I always see commercials for the Globetrotters but have never seen them, so I’m looking forward to see what they can do in person. The ‘Gators’ will be my first race back in three years, and this game will be the perfect start to the race weekend.”

The NHRA will offer a special ticket discount to those who attend the Globetrotters game and also want to attend the weekend’s event at the Auto-Plus Raceway. Simply present your Harlem Globetrotters ticket stub at the Auto-Plus Raceway gate and receive $5 off admission for the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals presented by NAPAFilters.com.  The Harlem Globetrotters will offer a money saving promotion for those wishing to attend the game as well.  When ordering your tickets from www.harlemglobetrotters.com, use the promo code ‘NHRA’ at the time of check out to receive $5 off any ticket to the game. 

The game will be held at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the University of Florida campus. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and tip-off is at 7 p.m. 

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

Tickets for the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals presented by NAPAFilters.com are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.NHRAtix.com or by calling the NHRA Ticket Center at (800) 884-NHRA.