CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Centrix Baja 1000 preview

CENTRIX Financial Prepares For Three-Peat at 2004 Tecate Score Baja 1000 Team CENTRIX Announced, Includes Paul Newman Centennial, CO - November 9, 2004 - On November 17th at Mexico's Baja Peninsula, 300 racers will race for three days over ...

CENTRIX Financial Prepares For Three-Peat at 2004 Tecate Score Baja 1000
Team CENTRIX Announced, Includes Paul Newman

Centennial, CO - November 9, 2004 - On November 17th at Mexico's Baja Peninsula, 300 racers will race for three days over 1,000 miles through the region's rugged terrain, pristine beaches and rustic towns. Thirty US states and 10 countries will be represented.

Today, CENTRIX Financial, a national financial management and services firm, announced its Team CENTRIX line-up for the 2004 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race. CENTRIX will be returning to the Baja 1000 for the third consecutive year, having signed on as an event sponsor, as well as sponsor of the CENTRIX Financial Baja Challenge Class. Team CENTRIX will be fielding five cars to compete in the Baja Challenge Class, which Robert E. Sutton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CENTRIX Financial, has won two years running.

This year Newman/Haas Racing team owner Paul Newman will race with Sutton. Other notable Team CENTRIX entries include: Indy Racing League driver Vitor Meira; Indy 500 winner Danny Sullivan; Champ Car Drivers Michel Jourdain Jr., Oriol Servia and 2004 series champion Sebastien Bourdais; and Pikes Peak Hill Climb winners Jeff Zwart, Rod Millen and Rhys Millen.

"I am thrilled about returning to Baja," said Sutton. "It is an iconic event in the world of motorsports, presenting more challenges in terms of scope, difficulty and logistics than any other event in the world. My compliments to Sal Fish and the SCORE team for being able to step up to the challenge and pull off a world class event year after year.

"The Baja 1000 is one of the most rigorous events in motorsports. The speed, ability to understand and manage risk, and teamwork necessary to win is a direct reflection of the skills used to achieve success at CENTRIX," continued Sutton.

The CENTRIX Financial Baja Challenge class features 12 identically- equipped, Porsche-powered Baja Touring cars shod with BFGoodrich tires prepared by Todd Clement and his team at Wide Open Baja.

2004 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Team CENTRIX Entries:

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Robert E. Sutton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for CENTRIX Financial

Paul Newman, Newman/Haas Racing team owner

Rod Millen, Pikes Peak Hill Climb Winner and record holder and seasoned Baja driver

Jeff Zwart, Rally Driver and Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner

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David Sutton, Sutton's son and seasoned Baja driver

Ryan Thomas, Five-time Baja 1000 Winner and Wide Open Baja Guide

Ryan Millen, Rod Millen's son and emerging Open-Wheel driver

Wally Fisk, Wide Open Baja

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Sebastien Bourdais, 2004 Champ Car World Series Champion, Newman/Haas Racing

Vitor Meira, Indy Racing League driver, Rahal Letterman Racing

Rhys Millen, US D1 Drifting Championship Driver and Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner

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Michel Jourdain Jr., Champ Car driver, RuSPORT

Michel Jourdain Sr., Retired Open-Wheel driver

Bernard Jourdain, Retired Open-Wheel driver

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Danny Sullivan, 1985 Indy 500 winner

Roberto Guerrero, Retired Indy Racing League driver

Oriol Servia, Champ Car driver, Dale Coyne Racing

About CENTRIX Financial, LLC
CENTRIX Financial, founded in 1990, is a capital management and financial services firm that develops and manages products and investment strategies focused on the auto finance industry. With agreements with nearly 7,000 auto dealers and more than 200 financial institutions, CENTRIX has underwritten more than 125,000 loans totaling more than $2.0 billion since 1998. CENTRIX's current motorsports marketing programs include its position as the Official Auto Finance Company of NASCAR among others.

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Series IndyCar , Score
Drivers Roberto Guerrero , Oriol Servia , Rhys Millen , Danny Sullivan , Paul Newman , Sébastien Bourdais , Jeff Zwart , Ryan Millen , Rod Millen , Bernard Jourdain , Dale Coyne , Michel Jourdain , Vitor Meira
Teams Dale Coyne Racing