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ELKHART LAKE, Wis., January 28, 2014 - Gardner Denver, a leading worldwide manufacturer of highly engineered compressors and pumps for various industrial, medical, environmental, transportation and food industries, will serve as title sponsor for the June 21 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America, The Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville.

The Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville will feature a 50-lap format on Road America's legendary 4-mile, 14-turn road course and is slated for a 1:45 p.m., start time. The feature event will be run in-between races from both the Pirelli World Challenge and the SCCA Trans-Am Series, providing fans a full day of action-packed racing.    


"We are very excited about our new relationship with Road America because it allows us to promote Gardner Denver's market-leading products and solutions on a unique platform while showing appreciation for our team of highly talented employees," said Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gardner Denver, Inc. "Motorsports is fueled by innovation and through this entitlement we intend to use the power of motorsports to further increase our momentum in the industry while raising the level of recognition for Gardner Denver's best-in-class technologies to a whole new level."

Road America marks the first of three road courses on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule and The Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville could provide a look into how drivers will perform in the other two: Watkins Glen International and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, both in August. The event has also been known to draw an influx of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars and various sports car series veterans, eager for seat time and a chance to capture a win at one of the nations' most storied circuits.    


"Without question we are very excited that Gardner Denver has agreed to be the title sponsor for our NASCAR Nationwide race," said Road America President and General Manager, George Bruggenthies. "We look forward to showcasing Gardner Denver's passion for NASCAR with their employees and our fans and we are equally excited that the Pirelli World Challenge and SCCA Trans-Am series' will be joining in the fun because this is going to be a tremendous weekend of racing."


The race weekend begins with Pirelli World Challenge action on Friday, June 20, followed by more incredible door-to-door Pirelli World Challenge excitement on Saturday morning, June 21. The green flag drops at 1:45 p.m., Saturday afternoon for The Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville NASCAR Nationwide race, which will also be broadcast live on ABC. Additional SCCA Trans-Am series racing rounds out the action-packed weekend on Saturday evening. Tickets are available and additional event details and camping information can be found at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223. Kids 12 and under are free with an adult and racing runs rain or shine.


About Road America: Established in 1955, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Its legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit has challenged the world's best racers for over 55 years. The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to thousands of spectators each year. In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers group event programs, the Blain's Farm & Fleet Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. For more information, visit www.roadamerica.com Follow Road America on www.facebook.com/RoadAmerica and on Twitter: @roadamerica or call 800-365-7223.


About Gardner Denver: Gardner Denver, Inc., with 2012 revenues of approximately $2.4 billion, is a leading worldwide manufacturer of highly engineered products, including compressors, liquid ring pumps and blowers for various industrial, medical, environmental, transportation and process applications, pumps used in the petroleum and industrial market segments and other fluid transfer equipment, such as loading arms and dry break couplers, serving chemical, petroleum and food industries. Gardner Denver's news releases are available by visiting the Investors section on the Company's website (www.GardnerDenver.com).


About Johnsonville Sausage, LLC: Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage is the No. 1 national brand of bratwurst, Italian sausage, smoked-cooked links and fresh breakfast sausage links. Johnsonville employs approximately 1,400 members. Each member takes ownership of product quality to ensure the excellence and "Big Flavor" of Johnsonville Sausage. Founded in 1945 by Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, the company remains privately owned today. www.johnsonville.com



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