IRL: Ameristar Casino to sponsor Kansas event

KANSAS CITY, Kan., Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - Ameristar Casino Hotel will be the primary sponsor of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series event at the new Kansas Speedway for the next two years, Ameristar and track officials announced June...

KANSAS CITY, Kan., Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - Ameristar Casino Hotel will be the primary sponsor of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series event at the new Kansas Speedway for the next two years, Ameristar and track officials announced June 20.

The Ameristar Casino Indy 200 is a 200-lap event July 8 on the new 1.5-mile oval. "Ameristar Casinos is proud to sponsor the Ameristar 200 at Kansas Speedway," said Thomas P. Burke, senior vice president and general manager of Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City. "We're extremely excited to partner with the speedway in support of the community and tourism in the Kansas City metro area."

Ameristar Casinos, Inc. is a Las Vegas-based entertainment company. The publicly held company operates six properties across the United States, including a gaming/entertainment complex in Kansas City, Mo.

In another partnership announced today, O'Reilly Auto Parts will sponsor the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race July 7 at Kansas Speedway.

"The multiyear partnerships we have formed with Ameristar Casino Hotel and O'Reilly Auto Parts have demonstrated the great demand for motorsports in the Midwest," said Jeff Boerger, Kansas Speedway vice president and general manager. "We are looking forward to a long relationship with the two companies and looking forward to seeing some exciting racing during our inaugural 2001 season and for years to come."

The Ameristar Casino Indy 200 will be broadcast live on ABC at 1 p.m. (EDT) July 8. The race is part of the track's sold-out inaugural season.

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