IRL: AGR's Savoree honors brother's memory

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Savoree Honoring Brother's Memory by Sharing AGR's Success With Hometown INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 26, 2004) -- Kevin Savoree is enjoying Andretti Green Racing's success thus far in 2004. But, he is making sure many others in his hometown of ...

Savoree Honoring Brother's Memory by Sharing AGR's Success With Hometown

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 26, 2004) -- Kevin Savoree is enjoying Andretti Green Racing's success thus far in 2004. But, he is making sure many others in his hometown of Paris, Ill., enjoy the benefits of that success, as well.

Savoree, who co-owns Andretti Green with partners Michael Andretti and Kim Green, is donating $1,000 to the Paris YMCA each time an Andretti Green Racing entry wins an Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series event in memory of his late brother, Jim Savoree.

Andretti Green driver Tony Kanaan drove the team's #11 Team 7-Eleven Honda- powered Dallara to a win at Phoenix International Raceway on March 21 in the series' second event. Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon followed that up with his first career victory at Twin Ring Motegi April 17 in Motegi, Japan, giving AGR its first consecutive IndyCar Series wins and four overall since joining the league last season.

Jim, who was an avid racing fan, served as executive director of the Paris YMCA for many years before health problems forced him to step down from that position. Jim died Feb. 23, just six days before the start of the 2004 IndyCar Series season.

"My mom and dad both passed away by the time I was 15 and Jim basically raised me after that," said Kevin. "When he died, I wanted to do something to honor his memory and also continue his effort to give something back to the Paris community."

Savoree splits his time between the team's headquarters in Indianapolis and Paris, where he lives with his wife, Pam, and their sons, Nathan and Nicholas.

- AGR -

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