Race Fan Earns Chance to Work at Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated (DEI) for a Week
ROSWELL, Ga. (November 18, 2005) - Kimberly-Clark Professional* WYPALL® Wipers today announced the winner of the 2005 "Honorary Crew Chief for a Week" contest. The annual contest is the culmination of a nationwide effort that asked WYPALL® Wipers users to write an essay describing how the product has changed the way they work.
The winner, Ed Roach, a vocational school instructor for heavy equipment operators at the Indian Capital Technology Center in Tahlequah, Okla., is living every NASCAR fan's dream. Roach spent this week working side-by-side with Tony Eury, Sr., head crew chief for the Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) race team at their Kannapolis, N.C. headquarters, as they prepared for the season finale race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. As the Crew Chief's Choice, WYPALL® Wipers are used extensively by NASCAR crew chiefs in their garages.
Roach was involved in the everyday activities at DEI and was able to get a behind-the-scenes viewpoint. "This was a chance of a lifetime. I got to watch all the hard work that goes into these cars," boasts Roach. "I am so impressed with the DEI crew; to see all that preparation and then to watch them during the practice race was awesome! It's a dream come true to be in the pit on race day. It's cool to think that I'm using the same WYPALL® X80 Towels as the guys at DEI," he added.
Kimberly-Clark Professional* received hundreds of essays from hopeful contestants, and a panel of judges made the final decision. "Ed did a great job of describing how WYPALL® Wipers have made a difference in his life," said Dave Kowitz, Category Manager, WYPALL® Wipers. "Ed's essay demonstrated that only WYPALL® Wipers can deliver the superior quality and top-notch performance that crew chiefs and other customers demand," added Kowitz.
After spending a week with the DEI crew, Ed flew to Miami for the season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he will be at the center of the action in the pits and the garages during practice sessions and on race day.
"It was great having Ed down here with the team. He seemed right at home in the garage," said Tony Eury, Sr. "If Ed was around any longer I think my job might be in jeopardy," he joked. "Ed made some new friends at DEI this week, and I'm sure he will have plenty of stories to tell back in Tahlequah," added Eury.
Known and respected since 1975, WYPALL® Wipers are the world's leading wiper brand and the Crew Chief's Choice. Consistent and clean every time, and available in a variety of formats, WYPALL® Wipers are made using the Kimberly-Clark patented HYDROKNIT® Fast-Absorbing material so they feel like cloth and work even better, with heavy-duty absorbency and strength in solvents. For more information, visit www.wypall.com.
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Kimberly-Clark Professional offers a range of well-known brands and product solutions for workplace settings, Do-It-Yourselfers (DIY) and away-from-home washrooms. Kimberly-Clark Professional workplace products include task-engineered wipers for both "clean" and "dirty" manufacturing environments, as well as safety apparel, gloves and related accessories. DIY and professional contractor products include solutions for home improvement and automotive projects that make fixing up and cleaning up fast, easy and efficient. Long renowned for innovation and quality, Kimberly-Clark Professional's pioneering products include WYPALL® X80 Towels, Coreless Bath Tissue, JRT® Bath Tissue, the KIMCARE® ALL-N-1 Skin Care System and KIMTECH® Wipers. Kimberly-Clark Professional's well-known brands include KLEENEX®, SCOTT®, WYPALL®, KIMTECH®, KLEENGUARD® and KIMCARE®. Kimberly-Clark Professional is located in Roswell, Ga., and can be visited on the web at www.kcprofessional.com.