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SANY America to sponsor NHRA Team
Post Date: 2013-08-01

SANY America has signed a multi-year agreement to sponsor Mark Martino’s Pro Stock team in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The company is sponsoring the team in conjunction with BIK Hydraulics, a SANY crane dealer based in Toronto. Martino, a second-generation racer, will be driving a Pro Stock GXP in the 2013 racing season, which runs through early November.

“SANY America is excited to partner with BIK Hydraulics to sponsor Martino Motorsports in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series,” said Kirk Erlinger, director of sales and dealer development at SANY America. “Earlier this year, we also began sponsoring Tommy Baldwin Racing and the No. 7 car driven by Dave Blaney in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, so branching out into NHRA is a natural fit. We look forward to hosting customers at the NHRA races and rooting for Mark Martino.”

“I’m proud to welcome SANY America and BIK Hydraulics to our Pro Stock team,” said Mark Martino, owner of Martino Motorsports. “SANY manufactures great cranes that we personally use in our family business. To have their support on my race team, it’s just the perfect partnership.”

In addition to running Martino Motorsports, Martino also manages DeSantis Crane Service Inc. in Stoney Creek, Ontario. The family-owned and operated business has served customers in Ontario since 1997.

“BIK Hydraulics is thrilled to sponsor a fellow Canadian in the NHRA Series,” said Elemer Ivan, owner of BIK Hydraulics. “This is the first time we’ve been a part of a sponsorship of this magnitude and we look forward to expanding our relationship with all of the good people at SANY and Martino Motorsports.”
BIK Hydraulics, which became SANY America’s first crane dealership in Canada in 2012, was instrumental in finalizing the sponsorship between SANY America and Martino Motorsports.

Martino Motorsports is entering its fourth season in the NHRA, after making its driving debut during the 2010 Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. (Source:


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