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Oakley to introduce fire resistant motor sports apparel made with O-CarbonX

Jun '05
Leading apparel & accessory manufacturer Oakley Inc announced plans to launch an exclusive line of highly fire-resistant clothing made with O-CarbonX, a proprietary blend of CarbonX), an invention of Chapman Innovations engineered specifically for the highly volatile world of motor sports. The co-branded base-layer apparel was demonstrated yesterday for media and NASCAR drivers at the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR event held in Sonoma, Calif.

"Building on the success of our footwear collaboration with Chapman, which yielded the most flame and heat-resistant race boot ever made, O-CarbonX fabric enables us to pursue the same superior protection, comfort, and performance in racing apparel," said Jim Jannard, founder and CEO of Oakley. "This ultra-safe technology represents the next generation of innovative fire resistance and we believe that Oakley is positioned to take full advantage of these opportunities in future applications."

"Oakley's passion for innovation and understanding of real-world applications makes it a natural partner to push CarbonX into a broader range of products," said Tyler Thatcher, president of Chapman Innovations. "Working together, we are significantly advancing the industry's level of safety and performance for drivers and crews."

"It's great to see a company like Oakley push the industry's technology envelope and continue to strive for better driver safety," said Jamie McMurray, driver, Texaco/Havoline Dodge car No. 42.

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