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NASCAR designed the new Car of Tomorrow (CoT), which will see action at Darlington Raceway during the Dodge Avenger 500 on Saturday evening, May 12, to keep its drivers safe.

When Force Protection visited Darlington Raceway earlier this month, South Carolina's fastest-growing company brought some specialized vehicles of its own. The Buffalo, Cougar and Cheetah are designed to keep America and her citizens safe.

Force Protection, Inc. manufactures ballistic- and mine-protected vehicles. These specialty vehicles protect against landmines, hostile fire, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs, commonly referred to as roadside bombs).


Force Protection's mine and ballistic protection technologies are among the most advanced in the world. The vehicles are manufactured outside Charleston, S.C.

Race fans can get a closer look at these massive armored vehicles during the Darlington Raceway Car Hauler Parade on Wednesday May 9th

The Buffalo, Cougar and Cheetah will also be on display at Darlington Raceway during the USAC Silver Crown Series race on Thursday, May 10th, the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday, May 11th, and the Dodge Avenger 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race on Saturday, May 12th.  All three vehicles are scheduled to participate in parade laps immediately prior to the start of the Dodge Avenger 500.

The 2007 Dodge Avenger 500 weekend at Darlington Raceway will include practice for the USAC Silver Crown Series and the NASCAR Busch Series on Thursday, May 10, followed by USAC qualifying and the "Silver Crown Showdown at Darlington" under the lights. Tickets are priced at only $10 each; kids 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

Friday, May 11, will include NASCAR NEXTEL Cup practice, and NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series qualifying, followed by the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 NASCAR Busch Series race under the lights that evening. Denny Hamlin is the defending champion.

face="Arial" size="2"> On Saturday, May 12, Darlington will host Cup Series racing for the 58th consecutive season as Greg Biffle attempts to join the short list of drivers to win three events in a row at NASCAR's most historic speedway. The 2007 Dodge Avenger 500 will be run under the lights in its entirety.

Tickets for all events are on sale now. For more information, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 866.459.RACE, or visit


Contact:  Darlington Raceway public relations                  843.395.8892


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