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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The U.S. Army Special Operations Command is turning to North Carolina’s motorsports industry to help build vehicles that are lighter, faster and, most importantly, safer.

Officials say the deal announced Saturday at Daytona International Speedway officially recognizes work between the two groups that’s gone on for several years. Among those announcing the deal at the speedway were Gov. Beverly Perdue and Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, based at Fort Bragg.

A memorandum of agreement has been signed by four groups, including Special Operations and a motorsports council. Officials say the deal doesn’t mean that motorsports companies will get contracts to build parts for military vehicles, but they will have more information about what the Army needs.

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