IRL: Dick simon, Mexmil extend contract

Dana Point, California July 14th, 2000 - Legendary open-wheel racing icon Dick Simon, owner of Dick Simon Racing is pleased to announce that The Mexmil Company, will continue to be the primary sponsor of Dick Simon Racing for the 2001, 2002 and...

Dana Point, California July 14th, 2000 - Legendary open-wheel racing icon Dick Simon, owner of Dick Simon Racing is pleased to announce that The Mexmil Company, will continue to be the primary sponsor of Dick Simon Racing for the 2001, 2002 and 2003 Indy Racing Northern Light Series and that the team has been officially re-named Team Mexmil / Dick Simon Racing.

Frenchman driver Stephan Gregoire will also extend his contract to drive for Team Mexmil / Dick Simon Racing for the third season in a row. At 23, Gregoire became the Fastest Rookie, 7th fastest overall, and the Youngest Starting Driver of the 1993 Indy 500. Stephan has competed in 38 Indy Racing League events since the league inception in 1996, with a best finish of second. Stephan Gregoire, Dick Simon and The Mexmil Company have been working together since the 1999 season.

"I am so proud of having The Mexmil Company supporting our race team for the next 3 years" declared Dick Simon. "Mexmil has been our primary sponsor since 1999 and renewing with our team shows their determination to succeed with the same group of people. In this sport continuity always pays off and I am sure that our first win is around the corner. I am so pleased to have Stephan Gregoire driving for Team Mexmil again next year. Stephan and I have been improving our communication race after race and we are now expecting to enjoy the fruits of our labor in the past two seasons. Stephan is one of the three most experienced Indy Racing drivers and I believe he is a championship contender for the 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light series".

"We are very proud to sponsor Dick Simon's team and Stephan Gregoire." declared Mark Molus, President of The Mexmil Company. "We have been involved in the league since 1998 and are very excited about the new schedule and all the new improvements that Tony George and his marketing executives recently announced. The Indy Racing Northern Light Series is also a great testing ground for our company that produces insulation systems.

Over the last two years we have been working and developing a wide variety of products including our popular heat shield products and today most of the IRL teams use our products in their cars. Thanks to our experience acquired with Dick Simon Racing, The Mexmil Company has also been able to enter the world of NASCAR, CART and other racing series and supply heat shields and various products for these categories. The Indy Racing Northern Light Series is also a great series to entertain our customers. For example, Atlanta is one of our largest markets and this weekend we will entertain more than a hundred guests. We are also very proud to be working with Stephan Gregoire. Stephan and The Mexmil Company have a very good relationship and our 2,000 proud Mexmil employees are behind him 100% and all believe that our first Indy win is coming soon."

The Mexmil Company, a privately owned organization founded in 1978, has its corporate offices in Santa Ana, California. The company is the world's largest manufacturer of insulation systems, supplying major OEMs in the commercial aircraft industry in the USA. In 1998, Mexmil introduced its first product designed for the automotive racing industry. The company's Mexmil Racing Division now manufactures a complete range of thermal, acoustic and liquid absorption products for open-wheeled, sports, off-road and sedan racing automobiles. Mexmil engineers have taken aerospace insulation materials used in the manufacture of modern day commercial, military and private jet aircraft to produce a range of products for the auto racing industry. These components effectively control and reduce air temperatures around the fuel-injection system, engine compartment, exhausts and shock absorbers at racing speeds.

Dick Simon approaches the new Millennium with ambition, passion and determination and he knows that the future of Indy Racing has never been so bright! For almost 40 years, the name "Dick Simon" has been synonymous with high-performance, not only in auto racing but also in the power boat industry where Dick owns and manages one of the largest and most successful boat dealerships on the west coast. Based in a 60,000 sq. ft. Dana Point, California marine facility, Dick Simon Marine carries eleven prestigious brands including Formula, Fountain, Baja, Cigarette, Westbourne and Mercury.

Team Mexmil / Dick Simon Racing technical package for the 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series will be announced later in the year.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Stephan Gregoire , Tony George , Dick Simon