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IHG’s Candlewood Suites Sponsors Kalitta Motorsports

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Candlewood Suites, IHG’s midscale extended-stay brand, has partnered Kalitta Motorsports, one of the most accomplished teams in the history of NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Professional Drag Racing, as a major associate and primary sponsor for the team in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. This sponsorship is IHG’s first for the NHRA circuit.

The Candlewood Suites logo will be displayed on all three of Kalitta Motorsports’ nitro-fueled, 8,000-horsepower, 300+mph race cars, including the team’s two Top Fuel dragsters driven by Doug Kalitta and Dave Grubnic, as well as the DHL Funny Car driven by Jeff Arend. The sponsorship kicks off at the prestigious Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., 24-27 February 2011.

Candlewood Suites will also serve as the primary sponsor on the Grubnic-driven Top Fueler at four events in 2011: NHRA Nationals, Commerce, GA (Atlanta), 13-15 May 2011; Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago, IL, 7-10 July 2011; Mac Tools US Nationals, Indianapolis, IN 31 August - 5 September 2011 and the NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix, AZ 14-16 October 2011.

“It’s an honor for us to be partnered with such a great brand as Candlewood Suites,” Connie Kalitta, team owner and drag racing legend, said. “Candlewood Suites is synonymous with down-to-earth hospitality, which aligns with the personality of our fanbase. We are very pleased that they have chosen our team and NHRA Drag Racing to further their marketing efforts.”

 Candlewood Suites boasts some 280 properties located throughout North America, where guests can find spacious studio and one-bedroom suites, each with their own fully equipped kitchen, large workspace, comfortable recliner, DVD and CD player and complimentary high-speed Internet access. The complimentary fitness center and guest laundry are open around the clock, and the Candlewood Cupboard is open 24 hours for snacks, refreshments, entrées and other necessities on the honor system.

All hotels offer the brand’s Comforts of Home Bedding Collection with upgraded mattresses and box spring sets, mattress topper, fluffy duvet inserts and poly-cotton covers matching the hotel’s color scheme, 250-thread count micro-check sateen sheets in “Candlelight,” triple sheeting, contemporary cotton estate blankets, choice of three upgraded pillow types in firm, medium and feather and a decorative “Consider Us Home” pillow.

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