XM SATELLITE RADIO AND ANDRETTI GREEN RACING EXPAND MOTORSPORTS PARTNERSHIP INTO 2007 AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES Two-time IndyCar Series winner Bryan Herta to compete in all-new XM-Sponsored Acura Courage WASHINGTON, D.C., October 31, 2006 - XM...
XM SATELLITE RADIO AND ANDRETTI GREEN RACING EXPAND MOTORSPORTS PARTNERSHIP INTO 2007 AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES
Two-time IndyCar Series winner Bryan Herta to compete in all-new XM-Sponsored Acura Courage
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 31, 2006 - XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading satellite radio company with more than 7 million subscribers, announced it will be the primary sponsor of the Andretti Green Racing (AGR) Acura Courage car in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). The car is being unveiled today by driver Bryan Herta at the XM booth at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.
In addition to driving the XM-sponsored ALMS car, Herta will serve as a co-host of "The Andretti Green Racing Hour" along with the 2007 Andretti Green Racing team lineup. The show will be among the high-profile motorsports programming exclusively available on the XM Sports Nation channel (XM 143), the exclusive home to racing's biggest stars.
"I'm really looking forward to continuing my relationship with XM Satellite Radio and also to the opportunity to spearhead Andretti Green Racing's entrance into the American Le Mans Series," said Herta. "I look back on my 13 years as an IndyCar driver and have a lot of great memories. Now, it's on to the next chapter of my career, and I'm very excited to drive a world-class Acura Courage sponsored by XM."
"XM is dedicated to supporting our automotive partners on the open road and at the race track. We're especially pleased to be part of Acura's debut season in the American Le Mans Series with Andretti Green Racing," said George Perry, director, Partnership and Event Marketing, XM Satellite Radio. "We're also looking forward to the launch of the new 'Andretti Green Racing Hour' show that will include a behind-the-scenes look into the ALMS."
The Acura Courage features the first racing engine completely designed and developed in-house by Honda's racing subsidiary Honda Performance Development of Santa Clarita, Calif.
XM is standard across the entire 2007 Acura model line, including three months of complimentary XM service upon purchase. XM NavTraffic, the nation's first satellite-based real-time traffic information service, is offered in four of Acura's top-selling models and is now available for 44 major metro markets nationwide.
About XM Satellite Radio
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XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota, is available in more than 140 different vehicle models for 2006. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit www.xmradio.com.