LONG BEACH, Calif. – DENSO Products and Services Americas Inc., an affiliate of automotive supplier DENSO Corp., will serve as the primary sponsor of Pro Stock Motorcycle racers Angie and Matt Smith during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

The move builds on DENSO’s support for the husband-and-wife teammates by elevating DENSO’s associate sponsorship of Matt Smith to a primary sponsorship and renewing DENSO’s primary sponsorship of Angie Smith for the second consecutive year.

“I am truly grateful for DENSO to step up and become my main sponsor after being a major associate sponsor,” said Matt Smith, who won the 2018 Pro Stock Motorcycle championship. “DENSO Iridium spark plugs powered my bike to the championship and the fastest speed ever (201.22 mph) in 2018. With DENSO’s support, I look forward to more records and race wins in 2019.”

“I’m extremely happy to have DENSO back with me as my primary sponsor for the 2019 season,” said Angie Smith. “Each year we continue to improve our stats. I truly think this season is going to be a record-setting year for me and DENSO, and I’m looking forward to March so we can get this season started!”

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season begins Feb. 7-10 with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, Calif., the first of 24 weekend races during the nine-month season.

Angie Smith will race on a new bike – the DENSO-powered EBR motorcycle – the same model that carried Matt Smith to victory last year. Throughout the series, both will ride on DENSO Iridium spark plugs.

In addition to sponsoring Angie and Matt Smith, DENSO is the title sponsor of the DENSO NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway scheduled for April 5-7.