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Hyundai WIA and Michael Waltrip Racing Enter Into a Technology Partnership

(l-r) Martin Truex, Jr., Mark Martin, Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip, Michael Waltrip Racing drivers

Hyundai WIA America Corp. (HWA) announces a technology partnership with Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR), a leading NASCAR Team with three full-time Sprint Cup Teams. The technology partnership provides MWR with the exclusive use of two state-of-the-art Hyundai WIA vertical machining centers, to machine critical components for its stock cars, in an effort to provide a competitive edge.

Prior to entering into a formal partnership, MWR began its relationship with HWA at the start of the 2012 season as a customer, with its purchase of two Hyundai WIA F500 vertical machining centers. The machining centers were purchased through HWA dealer, Adept Machine Tools, Charlotte, NC, to expand the capacity in MWR's growing machine shop. "Over the past nine months, the two Hyundai WIA F500's have proven themselves to be up to the challenges faced by MWR, as it tweaks core chassis components used in its cars to ensure it has as much of a competitive edge as possible, each and every race weekend - from qualifying to race day," said a spokesperson.

"Our drive is to 'get fast, faster.' When rule changes come in mass, as they have for the 2013 racing season, only the teams with the ability to design, manufacture and test components quickest get the edge. This new partnership with Hyundai WIA gives MWR the competitive advantage needed this winter, in order to prepare for the 2013 racing season," explains Michael Waltrip.

The two brand-new vertical machining centers installed, as part of the technology partnership, include a Hyundai F510B and F650. The Hyundai WIA F510B is a heavy-duty machining center, with a box guideway design and 2-step gear head for enhanced rigidity when taking deep cuts. The Hyundai WIA F650 complements MWR's machine shop as its largest capacity machining center, allowing for additional oversized parts to be machined in-house. This brings up to four the total number of Hyundai WIA vertical machining centers installed at MWR.

"MWR is one of the hottest, most talked about teams in NASCAR. Michael Waltrip himself is one of the most popular personalities in the sport today. We could not be more excited about partnering with MWR for the 2013 season and beyond," stated an enthusiastic David Barber, Marketing Manager for Hyundai WIA America Corp. "As MWR's needs grow, we plan to grow with them by providing additional machines and applications support."

Michael Waltrip Racing had an impressive 2012 season with two of its Sprint Cup teams making it into the Chase. Clint Bowyer No. 15 finished the season 2nd in points, Martin Truex Jr. No. 56 completed the season in the 11th position. NAPA Know How Team No. 56 was named 2012 Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew.

MWR began more than a decade ago as a family-owned Nationwide Series team in Sherrills Fork, NC. In 2013, MWR is fielding three full-time Sprint Cup teams with Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip.

Hyundai WIA is a core division of the Hyundai Motor Group and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Products such as CNC machine tools, robots, industrial machinery, automotive components and aircraft parts, are manufactured at its state-of-the-art manufacturing campus located in the industrial city of Changwon, South Korea.

For more information contact:

Hyundai WIA Machine America Corp.

450 Commerce Blvd

Carlstadt, NJ 07072


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