Holigan Racing Announces New 2005 Sponsors and Rider Lineup

Dallas, TX (1/1205) ¿ Holigan Racing, the owners of newly renamed Team Samsung Wireless, has recently announced its 2005 team details, including its highly anticipated sponsor list. After moving from Yamahas to Hondas in the off-season, Samsung Wireless returns to the team.

¿The team¿s fortunate to have Samsung returning as the team¿s primary sponsor,¿ says team owner Michael Holigan. ¿We wouldn¿t be racing without Samsung¿s support.¿

Also returning for the 2005 season is Kaeser Compressors. Team Samsung Wireless has also added another half-dozen outside-industry sponsors.

The team has added PowerBar (www.powerbar.com), the leader in sports nutrition nationwide since 1986. Dep Sport (www.dep.com) has been added to the team as well. Dep specializes in hair-care products, and the Dep Sport line is designed to keep your hair under control during sporting activities. Volere Watches (www.volerewatches.com) has also come aboard as a team sponsor. Volere, based in Hollywood, Calif., is a rock-and-roll-inspired watch company with products for today¿s youth. The team also brought in Glare Ultra Polish (www.ultrapolish.com) to handle all of the team¿s shining and polishing needs. Then comes Champion Tool Storage Systems (www.championbuilt.com). The benefits of this type of partnership are obvious, as the team¿s tools will be secured both in the shop and in the rig by Champion. Cannondale Bicycles (www.cannondale.com) has signed on to the team, and all of the riders will be cross-training aboard Cannondale mounts. Ringers Gloves (www.ringersgloves.com) will be providing work gloves for the mechanics, drivers, etc. Von Dutch (www.vondutch.com) signed on as the team casual-wear sponsor, and finally, MasterCraft boats (www.mastercraft.com) has come aboard to sponsor the team in 2005.

¿We are thrilled to continue introducing new sponsors to the sport of motocross, and we have a great lineup for the team¿s second season,¿ says James ¿Sulli¿ Sullivan Marketing Director at Holigan Racing.

From inside the industry, One Industries, One Helmets, FMF, Tag Metals, Scott Goggles, and Dunlop are returning. And Team Samsung Wireless has added No Fear as a gear sponsor, while VP Fuels will handle the team¿s race gas, the riders will wear Alpinestars boots, the bikes will have Acerbis plastic, and they will utilize Ferodo Racing Brakes, Web Camshafts and Engine Ice coolant.

With the backing of those sponsors, Team Samsung Wireless will be fielding five riders.

¿Josh Summey is stronger and faster than ever, Josh Woods is thrilled to be on a Honda and totally healthy, Troy Adams and Steve Boniface can¿t wait for the East Series to start, and Michael Blose is recovering faster than expected and will be racing in the last few Supercross races,¿ says Team Manager Lucky Nichols.

Returning for his second year is Summey, who, despite missing a 125cc West round last year, finished ninth in points.

¿I was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago, and I was in the hospital for two days to get my blood sugars regulated,¿ says Summey. ¿Now that I know what I have and it is under control, I feel stronger and healthier than ever in my pro career. Gary Semics and I have been working with a few doctors and everything is going great. I love the Hondas. They&rsqquo;re easy to hop onto and just go. They¿re light, they turn great, the braking is awesome, our motors are really strong, and we¿ve got Showa A Kit suspension, and it doesn¿t get any better than that. I¿m going into this weekend with a lot of confidence and pretty high expectations. I finished in the top 10 every round but one last year, and I think I should be in the top 5 every weekend, battling for the podium. Our new riders are really strong, and we have lots of momentum going right now.¿

Also returning is Blose, who finished on the podium at the 2004 Atlanta Supercross, and also achieved two other top-five finishes.

¿Right now, I still want to do as well as I did last year, if not better,¿ says Blose, who is still recovering from two broken wrists. ¿The only way to do that is to train harder and better than last year.¿

Highly talented Woods has joined the team for 2005, and he will be racing the Western Region alongside Summey.

¿I¿m feeling pretty confident with the bikes, and the confidence paid off with my first podium already,¿ says Woods. ¿This team expects podiums from all of us this year, and that¿s what we¿re shooting for. In the mud, I knew I would be up there, and to get second place at round one was a goal achieved. That shows that we¿ve got the equipment, it¿s just up to us riders.¿

Steve Boniface recently had the pin removed from his thumb he injured in Bercy and is ready to start testing and training for the 125cc East. Highly touted Adams joins the team to ride the 125cc Eastern Regional Supercross Series.

¿I think the switch was a good one for me,¿ says Adams. ¿The bikes are really good, and I¿m just starting to get the feel of the race motors. The bikes are so fast, and everything¿s working good. I should definitely be on the podium all the time. I¿ve been up there before, and I expect to be up there all of the time now. I want to win some races this year, too.¿

Gary Semics has signed on as the team trainer, and he has spent four weeks during the pre-season working with the riders on nutrition, training, testing and rider technique.

For more information about Holigan Racing, or any of its sponsors, please contact James ¿Sulli¿ Sullivan at 832/326-4428.