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Tuesday 5 March 2024

Vance & Hines Motorsports

V&H Signs RevZilla for NHRA and KOTB Sponsorship

Vance & Hines Motorsports (Brownsburg, Indiana) has signed leading motorcycle gear, parts and accessories retailer RevZilla as title sponsor of V&H Motorsports' NHRA drag racing and MotoAmerica road racing teams for the next two years.

This marks the first time in over 50 years of competition that all Vance & Hines' racing programs will fall under one title sponsorship umbrella.

Owned by J&P Cycles and Cycle Gear parent company Comoto, RevZilla was founded in 2007 as an online retailer with flagship retail stores in Newport Beach, Denver and Philadelphia.

"In all of our years of racing, we've never had one company serve as a title sponsor for all of our racing activities," said Vance & Hines Motorsports owner Terry Vance. "RevZilla has stepped up to be the major sponsor of our programs in both NHRA and MotoAmerica, and we know they will be the perfect title-sponsorship partner."

Comoto's Chief Marketing Officer and RevZilla President Steve Bontempo said: "We wanted to expose the RevZilla brand to a whole new audience, and Vance & Hines Motorsports has presented the perfect platform to do that. RevZilla will be introduced to fans of NHRA and MotoAmerica in the best possible light. We're looking forward to an exciting 2024 and 2025 at drag strips and racetracks across the country."

Vance & Hines Motorsports, who will continue to partner with Mission Foods, Harley-Davidson and Suzuki, and within days of this announcement, they moved quickly to confirm that defending Mission King Of The Baggers Champion Hayden Gillim will lead the team's campaign to retain the title, along with rising star Rocco Landers.

Hayden is coming off his best season of racing to date, highlighted by his Mission King Of The Baggers Championship on the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Road Glide. In a battle that went to the final round in New Jersey in September 2023, Hayden came out on top overall with three season victories and ten podiums in 14 races, including eight podiums in a row when it mattered most to close out the season.

Landers will be making his Mission King Of The Baggers debut at Daytona International Speedway in March. Landers, a two-time MotoAmerica Junior Cup Champion and the 2020 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Champion, is the win leader in both of those classes with 15 Twins Cup victories and 29 Junior Cup wins. 

Additionally, Landers has four victories in the highly competitive Supersport class, which already gives him victories in three different MotoAmerica classes and 48 wins overall.

"I'm really happy with the team we've put together for the 2024 season," said Vance & Hines Motorsports owner Terry Vance. "We've got a good mix with Hayden (Gillim) and Rocco (Landers), and I know we're going to get good results from both of them."

The RevZilla/Mission/Vance & Hines Suzuki Team for the 2024 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship will feature Defending Champion Gaige Herrera, paired with veteran racer Richard Gadson, who is set to join the squad for what will be his rookie season of NHRA Pro Stock racing. 

Herrera won a record-breaking 11 races in the 2023 NHRA Pro Stock series, earning his first World Championship while posting a win-loss record of 50-4 over the course of the season. Herrera's title was the 14th overall NHRA Championship for Vance & Hines as he joins Eddie Krawiec (four titles) and brothers Andrew (six titles) and Matt Hines (three titles) in earning championships on V&H machinery.

Gadson, meanwhile, will be embarking on his first full season of NHRA Pro Stock racing after earning titles in XDA, NHDRO, SEMDRA and ManCup. The 37-year-old will benefit greatly by the fact that Krawiec is hanging up his leathers and will become his full-time crew chief alongside Andrew Hines. 

Terry Vance commented: "We are thrilled about the next chapter for our NHRA racing program. With Andrew (Hines) and Eddie's (Krawiec) expertise, Gaige's (Herrera) recent dominance, and Richard's (Gadson) move to Pro Stock, we have strengthened our position in the competitive world of NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle racing. We also have a new title sponsor in RevZilla and continued support from Mission and Suzuki for 2024. I can't wait to see what Gaige and Richard can do on our RevZilla/Mission/Suzuki Hayabusas."