George Thorogood & the Destroyers teams with the Stevens Family to rock Indy

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Top Fuel driver Tim Gibson and Stevens Family Racing have teamed with rocker George Thorogood for the 49th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. The team will debut a special paint scheme for the race promoting the release of Thorogood's 11th studio album, "Ride 'Til I Die."

"This is a great opportunity for the Stevens Family," said team owner Dave Stevens. "George Thorogood & the Destroyers are rock-and-roll legends and to have them associated with our team at the biggest race of the year is an honor."

The partnership was coordinated through Knockout Talent, Inc., who also has successfully partnered major recording stars Meat Loaf, Zakk Wylde, and Motley Crue with NHRA Drag Racing in 2003.
Tim Gibson's George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Top Fuel dragster.

The dragster's paint scheme will promote the next single from the album, "American Made," with a patriotic red, white, and blue design. Racing Champions will produce a die-cast collectible of the car.

"Drag racing and rock and roll are a natural fit," said Stevens. "Both are fast, exciting, and wildly popular. To have the opportunity to promote one of our favorite bands is the chance of a lifetime. Plus, the exposure will help in our quest to find a marketing partner for the 2004 season."

From the day they began playing their rough and tumble blues-based rock in Wilmington, Del., Thorogood and his cohorts have made a point to keep their music basic and fun. Twenty-five years later, with the release of "Ride 'Til I Die," they're justifiably proud of having done just that, although this time around they've added some new wrinkles that even die-hard fans will find both surprising and intriguing.

"I'm having a better time now than ever before," Thorogood said. "I may be 50, but I'm still kickin' it and don't even want to think about stopping."

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