Nearly 3,750 miles (6,000 km) of challenging South American terrain on tap
for Top 1 Oil sponsored Team Rally Pan America
BURLINGAME, Cal. (December 22, 2008) – Top 1 Oil Products Company has again
joined America’s premier motorcycle rally team, Rally Pan America, for the
world’s most grueling and challenging endurance race, the 2009 Dakar Rally.
Now nicknamed “El Dakaro,” the legendary competition has moved continents
to South America where it starts January 3 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The
Top 1 Oil sponsored Rally Pan America team is led by veteran rider Jonah
Street and team manager and Dakar veteran Charlie Rauseo, along with an
equally experienced support crew. The team will be up against a nearly
3,750 mile (6,000 km) torturous route that traverses the plains of
Patagonia, the Atacama Desert and the Andes – all during equally extreme
summer temperatures. The race concludes on January 17.
“Following last year’s disappointing cancellation of the Dakar Rally, Top 1
is very excited to be back with Rally Pan Am for the 2009 event. Including
2008, the 2009 competition will be the 5th consecutive year we have been a
primary sponsor of Rally Pan Am. We are looking forward to a strong
showing from Jonah and the team and we wish them a safe and successful
race,” said Frank Ryan, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Top 1 Oil
The desert and mountains of South America will be as mentally and physically
challenging as the original North African Dakar route. However, since the
terrain is new to most of the competitors, traditional European favorites
won’t have the advantage of racing in their own back yard. As a result,
Rally Pan America expects the 2009 Dakar Rally to be a level playing field,
rife with opportunity for teams with the experience, equipment and stamina
to handle the roadblocks of extreme endurance racing.
Top 1 Oil has long been involved with racing events that test the limits of
performance. In addition to sponsoring Rally Pan America’s 2009 Dakar
entry, Top 1 Oil most recently became the world’s “fastest motorcycle oil”
when the TOP 1 ACK Attack streamliner toppled the existing absolute FIM
motorcycle land speed record with a blistering 360.913 mph run on the
Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
About Top 1 Oil Products
TOP 1 Oil Products Company was founded in 1979 with the purpose of providing
high quality lubricants to customers around the world. Today, TOP 1
products are actively marketed in over 40 countries and its products are
recognized for quality, versatility and value.
TOP 1 has been continually owned and operated by one family. Today, three
generations of Ryan’s continue to pursue the organizing principle of its
founder: that of providing quality lubricants while forming and sustaining
life-long relationships with its customers.
In fostering their sponsorship tradition,TOP 1 continually looks to sponsor
and support unique and compelling motoring and /or motor sports individuals
and teams. If you have a compelling and unique story or a personal dream
please send your idea via email to Frank Ryan, V. P. Sales and Marketing,
About Rally Pan Am
Rally Pan Am http://www.rallypanam.com is an experienced American cross-country
motorcycle rally team with years of success in some of the world’s most
challenging and grueling races. For the 2009 Dakar Rally, the Top 1 Oil
sponsored team will again be led by racer Jonah Street, a long-time resident
of Ellensburg, Wash. Jonah began “cutting through the sagebrush” in Central
Washington’s semi-arid-desert-like-terrain at the age of six and quickly
rose to regional prominence. Today, Jonah Street is a world-class motorcycle
racer who has staked his claim as a top contender. In the 2006 Paris to
Dakar Rally, Street competed against 252 other motorcyclists, and despite
being a newcomer to extreme endurance racing, placed 17th overall and
scoring Top 5 finishes in three tough stages. Street will be supported the
seasoned Rally Pan Am support crew.