The Ridge Tool Co. has announced its "Pole Position" contest offering winning contestants a free trip to Florida to experience a one-day class at one of the nation's premier auto racing schools. Using the theme, "Satisfy Your Need For Speed," the promotion will highlight the launch of the company's newly redesigned family of faster-action RAPIDGRIP pipe wrenches, now available in 10", 14", and 18" models.

Two grand-prize winners will each receive a one-day stock car driving experience at the Drivetech Racing School in Lakeland, FL, on Feb. 12, 2004. The grand prize package will include coach airfare to Orlando, two nights' accommodations at an Orlando-area hotel, and a day at Drivetech Racing School with an in-car video of the racing experience.

While at the Drivetech racing school program, RIDGID "Pole Position" winners will drive V-8 powered NASCAR-style racecars on the USA International Speedway track. Students will receive instruction on driving techniques and safety procedures and will be in radio contact with an instructor while in their racecars. Those interested can enter the Pole Position contest through the Ridge Tool web site at

The promotion runs until Jan. 31, 2004, and those who register will be eligible for the grand prize, as well as for monthly Ridge Tool product giveaways. A drawing will be held on Feb. 1, 2004, to determine the grand-prize winners.

Notable features on the RAPIDGRIP pipe wrench include spring-powered action that allows the jaws to snap into position and lock on the pipe, a patented tooth design that assures a sure grip, a V-groove hook design that facilitates the tool's ratcheting action, automatic adjustment for different pipe sizes, and a unique thumb trigger for easy application and removal.

With their one-hand operation, the new RAPIDGRIP wrenches help increase productivity by allowing users to finish their jobs faster. Unlike traditional pipe wrenches, there is no need to tighten an adjustment nut with a RAPIDGRIP self-adjusting wrench, making it faster and more efficient than standard wrenches.