CHAMPCAR/CART: Wirth to honor Australian icon in his debut race

Andreas Wirth Honours Australian Icon Steve Irwin -- The Crocodile Hunter --In Champ Car Debut Waghausel, Germany -- October 16, 2006 -- Following up on the recent thrilling announcement that he has been selected to compete in Champ Car this...

Andreas Wirth Honours Australian Icon Steve Irwin -- The Crocodile Hunter --In Champ Car Debut

Waghausel, Germany -- October 16, 2006 -- Following up on the recent thrilling announcement that he has been selected to compete in Champ Car this year at Surfer's Paradise, Andreas Wirth is pleased to promote his initiative to honour Australia. The Land Down Under will always hold a special place in his heart as the host to his rookie debut in Champ Car -- the race that he hopes will launch his career.

"I wanted to do something special in Australia ," explained Wirth. "I've been trying to decide on a charity to support, but until now nothing really popped out at me. However, this great opportunity I've been given to race in Surfer's Paradise set the light off in my head. What better way to honour the country where I'll compete in my first Champ Car race, than to commemorate the life of a man who in so many minds 'is' Australia."

As a tribute to the world's original Wildlife Warrior, Andreas Wirth with carry the logo of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide on the livery of the #19 Dale Coyne Racing Entry in Surfer's Paradise, Australia. Andreas encourages race fans from around the world to "live a little on the wild side" and help make it possible for Steve's legacy to live on through the continuation of his life's work by means of your generous contributions to this exceptional cause.

Steve Irwin -- The Crocodile Hunter, and his wife Terri established Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide organization (formerly Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation) as a way to enlist the support of caring people around the world for the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife. With the recent tragic passing of this dynamic personality, many hearts have been touched and fans from around the globe have been moved to show their love and support by donating funds for the furtherance of Steve's vision for wildlife conservation.

Commenting on this exciting promotion, Executive Director of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, Michael Hornby, said, "We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from around the world to support Wildlife Warriors and continue the legacy for Steve. We are delighted that Andreas has also come on board to help carry the message of conservation and keep Steve's dream alive. Whatever the result in his debut race, Andreas will be a winner for wildlife."

In conclusion Andreas stated, "In my own small way I hope to honour this national hero and contribute to wildlife conservation and I hope that race fans will join me in respecting his memory in this way."

Wildlife Warriors wristbands will be available for purchase on race day for a small donation of $3 -- with all proceeds benefiting Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide -- look for the volunteers on the grounds of the Lexmark Indy 300.

To further show your support, visit www.wildlifewarriors.org.au and become a Wildlife Warrior today!

About Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide Ltd. was inspired by Steve and Terri Irwin to deliver effective on-the-ground wildlife and habitat conservation and most importantly, to engage humanity in the process. Our mission is to be the most effective wildlife conservation organization in the world through the delivery of outstanding outcome-based programs and projects, and inclusive of humanity. Wildlife Warriors wants more and more people to join a global wildlife force, and make it easy to make a meaningful contribution to the health of our environment and the well-being of wildlife.

It's up to all of us now to carry the torch to ensure that Steve's dream lives on.

Wildlife Warriors Programs include The Australian Wildlife Hospital, Tiger Conservation, Elephant Conservation, Crocodile Research and Rescue, Sea Turtle programs, Education and Awareness Programs and Research.

For more information visit: www.wildlifewarriors.org.au

-credit: Andreas Wirth Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Ho , Andreas Wirth , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing