Kansas City, Missouri, January 3, 2011

Weld Racing, LLC and Granite Creek Partners, LLC announced the appointment of Scott Mackie as President and CEO of Weld Racing, LLC effective January 1, 2011, after serving four months as the company’s interim President.

Mackie, 49, will lead Weld Racing, LLC as it seeks to grow and strengthen its leadership position in the racing and performance wheel industry in the United States and abroad.

Prior to Joining Weld Racing, LLC, Mackie rose through the ranks during a 30-year career at General Motors. Mackie held a number of positions in business development, sales and planning leadership, and general management. He spent seven years in Europe and upon his return to the US, led ACDelco’s global operations. Most recently, Mackie served as Executive Director, New Business Development and Global Powertrain Planning, where he led a number of major transactions for GM, including the sale of Saab and Nexteer. Mackie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (Kettering), and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago.

In addition to his broad business and industrial background, Mackie is an avid sportsman drag racer, giving him clear insight into both the manufacturing requirements and end-user expectations of a successful business in the racing and performance markets.

"I’m thrilled to have Scott Mackie on the team," said Peter Lehman, Chairman of Weld Racing and Managing Partner of Granite Creek. "Scott has years of experience with our products and our industry. As well, he’s the ideal blend for a high-performance company - - 75% serious business executive coupled with 35% serious racing enthusiast. I know that’s 110%, but that’s what it seems like Scott gives us, every day. I feel fortunate that Weld has attracted such a top talent."

Mackie’s many responsibilities include oversight of manufacturing, marketing, growing sales volume, penetrating new markets, and managing acquisitions.

About Weld Racing, LLC
Weld Racing, LLC is a solutions-based technology company serving the racing and performance automotive markets with superior performance forged alloy wheels of exceptional quality. These markets currently are, but not limited to, Professional and Sportsman Drag Racing, Professional and Sportsman Oval Track Racing, and High Performance Street wheel applications for automotive enthusiasts.