USG Embraces NASCAR Weekend at Chicagoland Speedway

Chicago-based company to sponsor NEXTEL Cup, Busch Series and USAC races plus primary sponsorship on Kenseth's NEXTEL Cup car and McMurray's Busch car

CHICAGO (July 4, 2006) - USG, a leading manufacturer of building materials for the construction and remodeling industries, will not only be the title rights sponsor for three races during the NASCAR weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, but also a primary sponsor of a NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series car.

USG's sponsorship during the July 7-9 weekend at the 1.5-mile oval in Joliet, Ill. includes:

Title Rights Sponsorship:
  • USG Pole Day, NEXTEL Cup Qualifying, Friday, July 7
  • USG FIBERROCK® 100, USAC Silver Crown Series race, Friday, July 7
  • USG DUROCK® 300, NASCAR Busch Series, Saturday, July 8
  • USG SHEETROCK® 400, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, Sunday, July 9
  • Primary Sponsorship on the following cars:
  • The No. 17 USG SHEETROCK Brand Ford to be driven by Matt Kenseth in the NEXTEL Cup race. Kenseth, who was runner-up in last year's USG SHEETROCK 400, competes for Roush Racing.
  • The No. 64 USG DUROCK Brand Dodge to be driven by Jamie McMurray in the Busch Series race. McMurray's Busch car is owned by former NASCAR great Rusty Wallace.
  • The three races are named after three of USG's top-performing brands: the renowned SHEETROCK Brand, DUROCK Brand Cement Board, a high-strength ceramic tile backer that provides superior tile adhesion, and the FIBEROCK Brand, an interior panel for areas where resistance to abuse, moisture, mold and fire are especially important.

    "Chicago has been USG's home base for more than a century and we are thrilled to support and be actively involved in one of the biggest and most popular sport weekends in the Chicago area," said Greg Salah, USG's vice president of marketing. "This is our second season as a partner with Chicagoland Speedway and we couldn't be more pleased with the outstanding relationship that has been established.

    "The race weekend is an excellent opportunity to showcase the USG Racing Experience and our industry-leading SHEETROCK, DUROCK and FIBEROCK Brands to our customers. NASCAR and USG are a great fit because we both value speed, precision, performance and teamwork."

    Matt Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway, is equally as excited about the USG partnership.

    "USG is a paramount player among Chicago's business structure, and we are proud to partner with them to host the largest sporting event in Illinois," Alexander said. "USG is an organization which prides itself on quality and service, and is as dedicated as we are to exceeding the expectations of its customers."

    USG is the Official Building Products Supplier of NASCAR. The partnership also includes the "USG Improving the Finish" contingency award at each of the 36 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point races.

    USG Corporation is a Fortune 500 company with subsidiaries that are market leaders in their key product groups: gypsum wallboard, joint compound and related gypsum products; cement board; gypsum fiber panels; ceiling panels and grid; and building products distribution. For more information about USG Corporation, visit the USG home page at .

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