CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal and Gigante announce partnership with Akai

HILLARD, OH . . . Team Rahal, a franchise member of Championship Auto Racing Teams ("CART"), and the Gigante Group, announced today a partnership with APH USA, the exclusive distributor of Akai consumer electronics products for North America. The...

HILLARD, OH . . . Team Rahal, a franchise member of Championship Auto Racing Teams ("CART"), and the Gigante Group, announced today a partnership with APH USA, the exclusive distributor of Akai consumer electronics products for North America. The two entities announced a marketing initiative that will utilize driver Michel Jourdain Jr. and place the Akai logo on the Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola for the remainder of the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series season.

"We see this as a great opportunity to promote the Akai brand to an international viewing audience, as well as reinforce our brand consciousness through the great visibility this sponsorship holds", said Eli Chorbajian, VP of Sales and Marketing for APH USA. "We are excited about the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series season, and want to encourage everyone to cheer on Team Rahal and Michel Jourdain in the #9 Gigante car. Akai Home Theater Products let you experience all of the vividness and sounds of Champ Car racing from the comfort of your living room."

"Akai Home Theatre products are among the most recognized brands in the world, and they have gained that worldwide recognition through aggressive and innovative marketing programs and by being trendsetters in the field of consumer electronics," said three-time CART champion and Team Rahal co-owner Bobby Rahal. "The promotional program that has been outlined for this season by Gigante and APH USA is one that will utilize Michel and the Gigante car in an aggressive program that will not only bring awareness to the team and its partners but to Champ Car racing and CART."

APH USA, Inc., a privately held corporation, is the exclusive distributor for Akai branded consumer electronics for North America. The Akai brand encompasses a full line of home audio, home video, and portable consumer electronics products. You can view a full line of Akai products online by visiting <www.akaiusa.com>.

Team Rahal is a franchise member of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). Headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio, the team owned by three-time CART Champion Bobby Rahal and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman, currently fields a pair of Championship Cars for 1996 CART champion Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain Jr. in the CART FedEx Championship Series and an entry for Vasser in the Indianapolis 500. The 65-member team enjoys primary sponsorship from the Shell Oil Products US and Motiva, LLC, and the Gigante Group in CART and the Miller Brewing Company for the Indy 500.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bobby Rahal , Michel Jourdain