IRL: Duesenberg and Johnny Herbert to compete in Indy 500

Indianapolis, IN (April 8) - One of the most illustrious names in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history returns to competition as Duesenberg Brothers Racing will field a car for next month's running of the 86th Indianapolis 500. Celebrating the...

Indianapolis, IN (April 8) - One of the most illustrious names in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history returns to competition as Duesenberg Brothers Racing will field a car for next month's running of the 86th Indianapolis 500.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary since the family marque last visited victory lane at the Brickyard, both the team name and `32' car number have been replicated from that last winning effort in 1927.

Duesenberg Brothers Racing has named three-time Formula One and Le Mans winner Johnny Herbert as driver and announced primary sponsorship by Western Union.

Though technically a rookie on the Speedway's oval, the much sought-after Herbert brings a wealth of experience from his 12 seasons in F1where he amassed 161 starts, including Stewart's first F1 victory. He also claimed victory at the recent Sebring 12 Hours as part of the factory Audi squad.

"This is a dream I've been pursuing since my family introduced me to my first Indy 500 when I was seven," said team owner Keith Duesenberg. "To be able to return to the Speedway with Johnny Herbert as our driver and with our partner Western Union supporting us is really a dream come true," he added.

Herbert too, has dreamed of the Indianapolis 500. "Since I was 10 years old I wanted to win Formula 1 - which I've done, Le Mans - which I've done, and the Indy 500 - it was those three that I wanted to win," said Herbert. "I am very pleased to be given this wonderful opportunity by Western Union and Duesenberg Brothers Racing to complete my dream and race in this year's Indy 500 - especially with an experienced team and a strong Chevy/Dallara/Firestone equipment package," he added.

Western Union President Mike Yerington, stated "We are looking forward to participating in this year's Indy 500, and realize it will be very competitive. With Johnny Herbert driving the Western Union car and the team of Duesenberg Brothers Racing, we have a good chance in fielding a front-running car." Known as the Western Union Speed Team, sponsor Western Union is the worldwide leader in money transfers services and has been a supporter of Duesenberg Brothers Racing in past years.

Duesenberg is hoping to continue the winning ways of Fred and August (Augie) Duesenberg who's race cars dominated the Indy 500 in the 1920s with four wins, including 1922 when all but two cars in the top-10 were Duesenberg-built racers. Both brothers are members of the Racing Hall of Fame.

Duesenberg has also joined forces with long-time Indy 500 team owner Greg Beck and Beck Motorsports who will provide engineering and mechanical expertise. Beck-prepared machines have posted four top-10 finishes at Indy since 1996.

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Series ALMS , Formula 1 , History , IndyCar , Le Mans , USAC
Drivers Johnny Herbert