KV RACING TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES FORDAHL-FOQ GROUP AS ASSOCIATE SPONSOR FOR 2009 INDIANAPOLIS 500 INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MAY 23, 2009 - - KV Racing Technology announced today that FORDAHL-FOQ Group has joined the team as an associate sponsor for...
KV RACING TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES FORDAHL-FOQ GROUP AS ASSOCIATE SPONSOR FOR 2009 INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - MAY 23, 2009 - - KV Racing Technology announced today that FORDAHL-FOQ Group has joined the team as an associate sponsor for the 2009 Indianapolis 500, May 24, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
FORDAHL-FOQ Group, one of the leading global players in the industry of time components for telecommunications systems, will be an associate sponsor on the #15 GEICO -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine driven by Paul Tracy.
"We are pleased to welcome back FORDAHL-FOQ Group as a sponsor of KV Racing Technology for this year's Indy 500," said KVRT co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. "FORDAHL-FOQ Group is an outstanding company and a leader in the industry. This is a particularly welcome announcement since FORDAHL-FOQ previously was a sponsor of KVRT in 2007, so it is like teaming up with an old friend."
Nils Engdahl President of The FORDAHL-FOQ Group said, "We are proud to support KV Racing Technology and Paul Tracy in this year's effort for the Indianapolis 500. As Kevin (Kalkhoven) said, we are old friends teaming up again. This is a great opportunity for our Group to re-assess our presence on the North American market and we are also very happy to see a great driver like Paul back on the track."
Tracy, who qualified 13th for this weekend's Indy 500 with a four-lap average speed of 223.111 mph, will be making his sixth appearance at the Speedway and first since his controversial runner-up finish in 2002. The native of Canada and 2003 Champ Car World Series champion is competing in his 19th open-wheel and third IndyCar season (one race in 2002, the Indy 500; one race in 2008 at Edmonton). The 2009 Indy 500 will be Tracy's 265th career start, third in the IndyCar Series (over three different seasons) and first with KVRT. Tracy has earned 31 wins (tied for seventh all-time), 25 poles (ninth all-time), and has led 4,238 laps (sixth all-time).
About FORDAHL-FOQ Group:
FORDAHL-FOQ Group is one of the leading global players in the industry of timing components for telecommunication systems. The group, founded by Nils Engdahl, started its activities in 1980 with two little companies and a few employees in Switzerland and Germany. Currently, it employs some 100 staff members all over the world. Its production facilities in Switzerland and in Germany are the most up-to-date in Europe.
The timing devices, so-called oscillators, currently are being used in all telecommunications facilities including docking stations for mobile phone and data transmission systems. The expansion of the internet and telecommunications in general led to an increased demand for accurate timing to ensure perfect synchronization at all levels of telecommunications networks.
As a leading company in its business area, FORDAHL-FOQ aims at communicating at the highest level. For two year, the group's advertising strategy is based on motorsport sponsoring. The synergies are obvious: In both fields, speed and accuracy are key elements.
About KV Racing Technology:
KV Racing Technology was established in 2003. The Indianapolis-based team is contesting its seventh open-wheel season and second in the IndyCar Series in 2009. KVRT is owned by successful venture capitalist Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996 Series Champion, Jimmy Vasser. Veteran motorsports manager Mark Johnson is the team's General Manager. KVRT has earned two victories the first by Cristiano da Matta in Portland in 2005 and the second by Will Power at Long Beach in 2008. They have captured two poles, Tristan Gommendy at Mont Tremblant in 2007 and Vasser at Milwaukee in 2005 (Will Power captured the pole at the 2008 Surfers Paradise, Australia exhibition race).
KV Racing Technology qualified three cars for the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 in just their second appearance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Joining Tracy are Mario Moraes, who qualified seventh with a speed of 223.331 mph. The Brazilian will start his #5 Azul -- Votorantim -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry on the inside of Row #3. Also qualifying a KVRT car was Townsend Bell, #8 Herbalife -- KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone, with a speed of 221.195 good for 24th on the grid. He will lineup on the outside of Row #8.