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Jason Youd to Receive SAE Award for Engine Technology Innovation

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 18, 2008 - Jason Youd Jason Youd of KB Racing, LLC, in Mooresville, N.C., is the recipient of SAE International's Max Bentele Award for Engine Technology Innovation. He will be presented the award during the SAE 2008 World Congress Award Ceremony held April 15, 5-7:30 p.m., at Cobo Center in Detroit.

The Max Bentele Award, established in 2001, recognizes a young SAE International member whose work has furthered innovation in the manufacture, design and improvement of engine technology for ground, air or space vehicles. The award honors Bentele for his contributions to the field of mobility engines and his encouragement for others to promote advancements in the area.

This award is funded through the SAE Foundation. In addition to supporting the awards, recognition and scholarship programs of SAE International, the SAE Foundation develops and funds programs and incentives that foster student interest in engineering, scientific and technical education.

Youd is a product engineer in the Engine Development division of KB Racing. He focuses on valvetrain and engine development and testing for a National Hot Rod Association championship pro-stock drag racing team. Prior to joining KB Racing, he worked for Peterson Spring and PAC Racing Springs.

Youd holds several U.S. and foreign patents for innovations related to spring damping systems. He is a graduate of the University of Northwestern Ohio with a degree in applied science. Youd resides in Mooresville, N.C.

For more information on Youd, please contact Jennifer Sandlin at Jsandlin_kbracing@alltel.net or Ron Check at Ronc@pspring.com.

For more information about SAE International's Max Bentele Award, please contact pr@sae.org