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'NHRA Drag Racing 2005' (PS2) Announced

by Judy on Nov. 24, 2004 @ 4:00 p.m. PST

THQ today announced that NHRA Drag Racing 2005 for PlayStation2 is currently in development. This intensely competitive racing game, which is being developed by Lucky Chicken and will be published by THQ's ValuSoft division, will ship to retailers throughout North America during Summer 2005.

"When I first started working with ValuSoft and Lucky Chicken I was blown away by how serious and how realistic they want to make the game," said NHRA Funny Car driver Ron Capps. "Coming from a professional driver and serious gamer, this game is something every racing fan will love."

NHRA Drag Racing 2005 will launch players into the ultimate drag racing experience, putting them in control of an incredible 8,000+ horsepower of pure speed. Racing NHRA tracks from Pomona to Gainesville, gamers will go head-to- head against world champions like Tony Schumacher, Larry Dixon, Greg Anderson and many more. With adrenaline-charged vehicles including Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars and Pro Stock Cars, players will get behind the wheel of some of the most powerful dragsters to hit the asphalt.

"Professional drivers have helped develop NHRA Drag Racing 2005 and nothing will get players closer to the real thing than this game," stated Doug Clemmer, President of THQ's ValuSoft division. "NHRA Drag Racing 2005 will offer more variety of cars, uncomplicated game play and will amaze gamers with eye-popping special effects that push the PlayStation 2 to its limits." He continued, "Now every adrenaline-seeking race fan will swear they're in the cockpit of these powerful dragsters as they drive the dream of a lifetime against the best in the NHRA."

Players will tear down the track, competing at NHRA events for the most coveted racing title in the world-the NHRA world championship. Players can even hire and fire their crew chief and tune their own cars for the perfect combination of power and speed.

"For over 50 years, the NHRA has been the premier sanctioning body in drag racing, delivering the most exciting motorsports entertainment in the world," stated Gary Darcy, Vice President of Marketing & Sales at NHRA. "THQ and ValuSoft know racing and they know what gamers seek. We are proud to be premiering the action of the NHRA on the PlayStation 2 to bring this highly addictive racing action into homes everywhere."

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