Superstars of NASCAR Join Forces with the DC Super Heroes of the Justice League

Top NASCAR Drivers Combine Horsepower and Super Power

Talladega, Ala., April 23, 2004 – It's the largest track on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series circuit, so it makes sense that Talladega Superspeedway was the place where some of NASCAR's best drivers unveiled their super hero co-pilots for the upcoming
Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels®".

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Martian Manhunter will team up with some of NASCAR's top drivers for this exciting race, taking place Aug. 21-22, 2004, at Michigan International Speedway. NASCAR 2003 champion
Matt Kenseth and fellow stars Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle were on hand for the unveiling at Talladega Superspeedway.

During the Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels®, nine cars will be emblazoned with the familiar heroes of DC Comics' Justice League. Justice League cars will be featured in both the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events.

"There is no more powerful super hero force to save the world than the Justice League. We are excited to take their inter-galactic battles to Michigan International Speedway where super power will meet horse power," said Jordan Sollitto, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

Even legendary villains, Lex Luthor and The Joker, are part of the program. They will be featured on one of the two parade cars serving as cerionial pace cars for the weekend — marking the first time these villains have been chased by the super power of the Justice League combined with the horsepower of an entire 43-car NASCAR field.

"NASCAR is the perfect combination of serious sport and family entertainment," said Lesa France Kennedy, President of ISC. "We are very pleased to see the World's Greatest Super Heroes join forces with these great race car drivers to add an extra level of entertainment for our August weekend at Michigan International Speedway."

The drivers and their respective character pairings for the Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels® include:

NASCAR Busch Series – August 21, 2004


Justice League Character

Car #


Greg Biffle

The Flash

No. 60

Charter Communications

Mark Martin


No. 9


Matt Kenseth

Martian Manhunter

No. 17

Express Personnel Services

Mark Martin


No. 9







NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series – August 22, 2004


Justice League Character

Car #


Greg Biffle

The Flash

No. 16

National Guard

Jeff Burton

Green Lantern

No. 99

Roush Racing

Kurt Busch


No. 97


Mark Martin


No. 6


Ryan Newman

All Justice League Characters

No. 12


Ricky Rudd

Wonder Woman

No. 21


"I've always thought our team was made up of super heroes, now there's no doubt," said Jack Roush, legendary owner of the cars driven by Biffle, Burton, Busch, Kenseth and Martin. "We'll have fun with this program and hope the fans enjoy watching us battle for a win with these beloved characters along for the ride. This is a fantastic promotion for our younger fans. It upholds the tradition of NASCAR being a family sport."

"We are very excited and honored to be teaming up with the Justice League for this family-friendly program," said Don Miller, President, Penske Racing South. "These super heroes are timeless and their appeal crosses all generations around the world."

The Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels® program will also introduce highly collectible merchandise featuring the Justice League characters and car graphics. Elients of the program will include targeted advertising, online promotions, on-site exposure and initiatives, point-of-purchase displays and much more.

"When the World's Greatest Super Heroes share their stage with Mattel, America's favorite toy company and NASCAR's most recognized brand, Hot Wheels®, the result will be simply magic," said Tony DaDante, Vice President, Mattel, and General Manager of Hot Wheels Racing. "This promotion features characters that have 100 percent consumer awareness and promises to engage both the hard core fan and weekend warrior equally."

The Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels® program is a partnership between DC Comics, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), Mattel, Inc. and Michigan International Speedway.

The World's Greatest Super Heroes charge into primetime television in the smash-hit animated adventure series Justice League, now in its second season on Cartoon Network. This action-packed show, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, chronicles the adventures of DC Comics' legendary Justice League: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman,
Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkgirl, and Martian Manhunter. From the Watchtower satellite in orbit high above Earth's surface, the Justice League monitors all earthly disturbances and stands ready to battle super-villains, alien invaders, supernatural creatures, and other powerful forces of evil that threaten the safety of the world and the League itself. In its third season, beginning fall, 2004, the series becomes Justice League Unlimited in which the League greatly expands its mibership roster beyond the original seven mibers. In these brand-new episodes, the League inducts dozens of new mibers from the galaxy of hugely popular DC Comics super-stars such as Green Arrow, Black Canary, The Atom, and many, many more!

Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels

What do you get when you team the world's most nefarious criminal mastermind, Lex Luthor, with the infamous Clown Prince of Crime, The Joker, and some of the Earth's deadliest, trickiest, and most cunning criminals? The answer is as simple as it is dangerous: The Injustice Gang!

But who can stand against such a collection of adversaries? Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter – collectively known as Earth's Greatest Heroes, the Justice League!

Headed by Luthor and The Joker, The Injustice Gang has crafted an elaborate schie that will enable thi to steal untold riches from around the United States. By tapping into the nation's power grids, The Injustice Gang can reroute power from any location they choose – instantly! With no power, alarm systis, high-tech defenses, electronic locks, police computers, and every security device that uses power is shut off. There is precious little to stop The Injustice Gang from then swooping in and taking whatever their hearts desire!

But the Justice League is not so easily defeated. The World's Greatest Detective, Batman, has deduced that the power fluctuations are actually linked to the positions of racecars in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The position of the cars as they finish each lap determines the location of the next crime - a brilliant, albeit criminal, way to make the locations appear random and unpredictable.

Of course, the Justice League has a plan – but sometimes even The World's Greatest Super Heroes need a little help. It isn't enough to simply reestablish power to the nations power grid. The Justice League needs to catch The Injustice Gang in the act, defeat thi, and see that justice is served. Allying thiselves with some of NASCAR's best drivers – Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Ricky Rudd, Kurt Busch, and Jeff Burton – the Justice League gets to work and the Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels is born!

The plan is simple: Driving in special Justice League thied cars, the drivers will run a fast and furious race. Meanwhile, Batman will use the Batcomputer to track the cars' positions, speed, and order to decode the locations of the crimes. Relying on the driver's split second timing and uncanny driving skills, coupled with Batman's detective work, the Justice League will finally be able to predict where The Injustice Gang will strike enabling Superman, The Flash and the rest of the Justice League to confront The Injustice Gang at the scene of the crime!

Will they succeed? It's a race against time, a race for justice…

The Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels!