Martino to Return to NHRA With Major Sponsor

Martino Motorsports is bringing a new global sponsor to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. SANY America, in conjunction with BIK Hydraulics, will sponsor Mark and Tony Martino’s Pro Stock team beginning at the 2013 NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, NJ, and will do so for several seasons thru a recently signed multiple year agreement……

“I’m so proud to welcome SANY America and BIK to our Pro Stock team,” said Martino. “SANY manufactures great cranes that we personally use in our family business, DeSantis Crane Service. To have their support on my race team – – it’s just the perfect partnership.” Martino went on to say, “I also want to thank Forward Sports Marketing for helping bring all of this together and putting us on the track starting at Englishtown.”

Mark Martino who is already heavily involved in the high capacity cranes will now align that with his NHRA Pro Stock racing program.

Mark Martino who is already heavily involved with various high capacity cranes will now align that business with his NHRA Pro Stock racing program.

SANY is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of hoisting equipment (crawler, truck, rough-terrain and all-terrain cranes), concrete machines (concrete pumps, placing booms, mixer trucks and batching plants), road machinery (motor graders, rollers, pavers and asphalt batching plants), port equipment (container reach stackers, empty-container handlers, heavy forklifts and gantry cranes), excavators, mining equipment (rigid haul trucks, road headers, mining vehicles, longwall systems and continuous miners), pile-driving machinery and wind turbines.

Team owner Tony Martino in SANY prototype high capacity lift crane.

Team owner Tony Martino in prototype SANY America/BIKhigh capacity lift crane.

“SANY America is very excited to partner with BIK Hydraulics and DeSantis Crane Service to sponsor Martino Motorsports in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series,” said Kirk Erlinger, SANY America Director of Sales & Dealer Development. “Earlier this year we also began sponsoring Tommy Baldwin Racing and the Number 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.”

Martino Motorsports and MB Racing will debut their new Pro Stock effort during NHRA's upcoming event at Englishtown NJ.

Martino Motorsports will debut their new Pro Stock effort during NHRA’s upcoming event at Englishtown NJ in conjunction with Tom Martino (no relationship) and Bob Benza.

BIK Hydraulics is a SANY crane dealer located in Toronto, which also specializes in building, selling and servicing boom trucks.  BIK was instrumental in finalizing the sponsor relationship with Martino Motorsports and SANY America.

“BIK Hydraulics is thrilled to sponsor a fellow Canadian in the NHRA Series,” says 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.”

Tom Martino - Mark Martino - Bob Benza

Tom Martino – Mark Martino – Bob Benza

Martino will be driving a Pro Stock GXP powered by MB Race Engines. The team will begin qualifying at Englishtown on Friday, May 31st.

Posted by:  Nicole Erickson

Photos by:  Bruce Biegler