IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2006-09-19

Today's IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series headlines 1. Larry Foyt gets more involved in A.J. Foyt Racing 2. Dreyer and Reinbold partners with EurUp 3. Marco Andretti joins fundraising effort 4. Guthrie named to Mitchell International Board of ...

Today's IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series headlines
1. Larry Foyt gets more involved in A.J. Foyt Racing
2. Dreyer and Reinbold partners with EurUp
3. Marco Andretti joins fundraising effort
4. Guthrie named to Mitchell International Board of Directors
5. In Review: Wade Cunningham

1. Larry Foyt gets more involved in A.J. Foyt Racing: Larry Foyt's daily involvement in the operations and decision-making of A.J. Foyt Racing began when he walked into the race shop in Waller, Texas.

Foyt, who recently moved back to Texas after overseeing liquidation of the Foyt stock car assets in North Carolina, is working closely with his father and the team's senior management to identify areas for improvement, and create a plan to implement the necessary changes.

The team has had several meetings with its primary sponsor ABC Supply to discuss plans for 2007, during which ABC Supply will celebrate its Silver Anniversary and A.J. Foyt will celebrate his Golden Anniversary in IndyCar Series racing.

Preparation for the March 24 season opener includes wind tunnel testing of the Dallara chassis later this month and increasing its staff of mechanics and engineers. The team is preparing the race car fleet for a new paint scheme.

2. Dreyer and Reinbold partners with EurUp: Dreyer and Reinbold Racing announced an associate sponsorship agreement with Kaiserdom USA, the makers of EurUp energy drink. Kaiserdom USA is a Wisconsin-based brewer of beers and lagers and a partner of Kaiserdom Brewery in Bamberg, Germany.

"We are very excited to partner with EurUp as this new energy drink is a well-developed, 300-year tradition of Kaiserdom," said team co-owner Dennis Reinbold. "The EurUp brand represents a wealth of excitement and energy for not only the sports athlete but the average everyday person. We look forward to providing EurUp a direct avenue to target the consumer through the power and thrill of motorsports. Adding EurUp to our existing sponsor base is a big step for us as we continue to evaluate which direction we will take our racing team for the 2007 season."

EurUp is a lightly carbonated, non-alcoholic energy drink. The presentation of the EurUp energy drink matches the bar scene, the race car driver, the skateboarders and yet EurUp goes beyond the stereotype to reach out to the office professional, the factory worker and the busy parent. EurUp addresses the "I need a break" person.

"We are very excited to partner with the Dreyer and Reinbold organization and to introduce our brand to the world through the power and excitement of motorsports," said Gary Luther, EurUp Managing Partner. "Motorsports fans are the most brand loyal of any sport and we look forward to bringing them another great product for use in their everyday activities."

Energy drink sales are a $3 billion industry with a sales growth of 61.2 percent in 2005 alone, added Luther. Dreyer and Reinbold Racing is actively soliciting distribution and retail partners.

3. Marco Andretti joins fundraising effort: Marco Andretti, the 2006 IndyCar Series Bombardier Rookie of the Year, will join more than 1,200 guests Oct. 21 at the 15th annual Ringside for Mercy's Sake fundraising event in Chicago.

Ringside for Mercy's Sake will feature live boxing matches between members of the city's financial exchanges and will benefit Mercy Home for Boys & Girls and WGN-TV Children's Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation.

Employees of such companies as the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Mesirow Financial, NYSE Group, and Black Rock Trading will again don gloves and slug it out in seven amateur boxing matches. The fight of the night features Black Rock Trading's Joe Markowski vs. the Chicago Board of Trade's Lawrence Dunning.

Among the celebrities joining Andretti will be boxing legend Roberto Duran.

4. Guthrie named to Mitchell International Board of Directors: Indy Pro Series team owner Jim Guthrie has joined the Board of Directors of Mitchell International, a leading provider of information, workflow and performance management solutions to the automotive insurance claims and collision repair industries.

Guthrie, who won IndyCar Series rookie of the year honors as a driver in 1997, formed his own race team to compete in the Indy Pro Series in 2006. The team recorded two victories and nine top-10 finishes.

Guthrie also owns and operates Car Crafters Collision Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

5. In Review: Wade Cunningham: (Note: This is part of a series reviewing the season of the top drivers in the Indy Pro Series in 2006.)

Wade Cunningham, No. 1 Brian Stewart Racing

Noteworthy: If not for missing the doubleheader race weekend at St. Petersburg (Fla.), because of an appendectomy, Cunningham likely would have successfully defended his Indy Pro Series championship. In 2006, he tripled his victory total and consistently was in the mix at the end (six consecutive races to conclude the season in which he finished in the top five). Two of his victories came from the pole, while the final one -- at Chicagoland Speedway -- was recorded from the sixth starting position. Cunningham paced the series with 310 laps led in seven races.

In his own words

Season overall: "I am very pleased with how our season went. After 2005, it was important for me to come back to the same series and prove that I could win again under different circumstances. We led in every major statistic this year, which was important again to prove that we could be at the front on all types of tracks. We were the only driver to lead laps and win pole positions on short ovals, speedways and road courses."

Season highlights: "Winning the last race of the year at Chicago. I am pretty sure that other people would expect for me to have said Indy, but we know that we didn't have the fastest car at the last race and so to lead the most laps and win there was very cool."

Season lowlights: "Having my appendix removed at St Petersburg a day before the event. Although it took away our chance at the championship, it allowed us to focus less on the big picture and let us take every race individually, which is what the plan was at the start of the year."

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The IndyCar Series is the premier open-wheel series in the United States, competing on a challenging combination of superspeedways, short ovals, scenic road courses and temporary street circuits. In 2007, the IndyCar Series will conduct 16 events in the U.S. and one in Japan, all available worldwide through a comprehensive, long-term agreement with ABC Sports/ ESPN. A leader in motorsports technology, the IndyCar Series is the first racing series to power its Honda engines on 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol, a renewable and environmentally-friendly fuel. The IndyCar Series continues to the be the fastest and most competitive racing series, attracting a diverse lineup of drivers including Marco Andretti, Sam Hornish Jr., and Danica Patrick. For more information on the IndyCar Series, please visit www.indycar.com.

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The Indy Pro Series is the premier ladder series for drivers and teams striving to compete in the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. Teams compete for $3 million in prize money in cars that are second only in speed to the IndyCar Series at most tracks they visit. The complete Indy Pro Series schedule is telecast on ESPN 2 and available through live Webcasts. Recent graduates of this fast and cost-effective series include Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter and Jeff Simmons. For more information on the Indy Pro Series, please visit www.indycar.com/pro.

-credit: IRL

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Jim Guthrie , Larry Foyt , Marco Andretti , Jeff Simmons , Wade Cunningham , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Danica Patrick , Ed Carpenter