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INDYCAR SERIES NEWS AND NOTES -- Jan. 12, 2007 Today's IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series headlines 1. Hagar joins Team KMA ownership 2. Patrick to be featured in GoDaddy.com Super Bowl ad 3. Ethanol industry, IndyCar Series back National Speed...

INDYCAR SERIES NEWS AND NOTES -- Jan. 12, 2007

Today's IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series headlines
1. Hagar joins Team KMA ownership
2. Patrick to be featured in GoDaddy.com Super Bowl ad
3. Ethanol industry, IndyCar Series back National Speed Sport News Tour
4. Racers meet Pacers on Jan. 12
5. Sharp to participate in snow sports with other celebs
6. Patrick included in international hot list
7. Getting physical

1. Hagar joins Team KMA ownership: International rock legend Sammy Hagar has joined Indy Pro Series team Team KMA Racing as co-owner. The infamous "Red Rocker" and team principal Jon Lewis announced the partnership on Jan. 10. "I'm very excited about our entering the Indy Pro Series," said Hagar, who was lead singer of Van Halen and tours the country with his group Sammy and the Wabos. "The fans of Indy Racing are enthusiastic, and it's a tremendous venue to compete in. I've been a car fanatic for as long as I can remember, and I'm really looking forward to being a part of Indy Racing." Hagar's premier brand of tequila, Cabo Wabo, will be highlighted throughout the team's Indy Pro Series operation. "I cannot explain how honored and proud I am to have Sammy as my partner," Lewis said. "I had the honor of promoting Cabo Wabo tequila on our American Le Mans prototype in 2003. Sammy's a true rocker and so full of energy. He loves the excitement of racing, and we're going to carry over that excitement to our race operation." Team KMA Racing is a joint operation formed by team principals Jon Lewis (American Spirit Racing) and Ingo Strackerjan (Atlantic Racing Team). Team KMA has race operations in the Indy Pro Series and the Formula BMW USA Championship. Team KMA's multi-car Formula BMW Team will promote Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina. The team expects to announce its driver lineup in the near future.

2. Patrick to be featured in GoDaddy.com Super Bowl ad: GoDaddy.com announced Jan. 9 that it will feature IndyCar Series star Danica Patrick in a Super Bowl advertisement on Feb. 4. "We've been lucky with great results from our Super Bowl advertising campaigns," GoDaddy.com CEO Bob Parsons said. "Each year, we work to top the previous year's success and for 2007 we're going all out." Filming took place in Los Angeles in early January, and the three commercials are in post-production. Patrick doesn't know details. "They wouldn't even tell me the storyline and I'm in it," said Patrick, who will drive for Andretti Green Racing in 2007. "With GoDaddy, you never know what they're going to do or who they are going to involve. When they invited me to LA to shoot some stuff, I was flattered and excited. I'm still excited to see what it's going to be. There were a lot of big names there." Additional cast members include stars from cable television's popular chopper family. Paul Teutul and his sons Paul Jr. and Michael, of American Chopper, will have roles. Valerie Thompson, a motorcycle drag racing star, also makes an appearance. Additional personalities scheduled to be in the spots include Internet celebrities such as Diggnation's Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht, along with Cali Lewis from GeekBriefTV.

3. Ethanol industry, IndyCar Series back National Speed Sport News Tour: The 2007 National Speed Sport News Grassroots Tour presented by Ethanol and the IndyCar Series kicked off at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Okla., this week The booth, where fans can pick up IndyCar Series and ethanol material and subscribe to National Speed Sport News, will be at some of the biggest racing events of the year. Look for it at East Bay Winternationals in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 9-10, the Colossal 100 in Concord, N.C., on April 19-21, the Knoxville Nationals in Iowa on Aug. 2-4, the NHRA US Nationals in Claremont, Ind., on Aug. 29-Sept. 3, and the Copper World Classic in Phoenix on Nov. 8 among other venues.

4. Racers meet Pacers on Jan. 12: A driver autograph session, free fan banners and T-shirts, a lucky section giveaway and a parachute coupon drop all await ticket holders for IndyCar Series Night at the Pacers on Jan. 12 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Oh, and there's a great NBA match-up between the host Indiana Pacers and the Western Conference-leading Dallas Mavericks A.J. Foyt Racing driver Darren Manning and Sam Schmidt Motorsports drivers Alex Lloyd and Logan Gomez kick off activities with an autograph session from 6:15-6:45 p.m. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pavilion on the main concourse. The drivers, who will be honorary captains, also will participate in a T-shirt toss in the fourth quarter The first 10,000 fans to pass through the gates will receive an "I Am INDY" fan banner that includes the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule. Those fortunate to snag a parachute as it floats from the rafters will receive a coupon for a free "I Am INDY" baseball cap. Fans sitting in the lucky section will receive copies of the "Great Moments of the Indianapolis 500" DVD.

5. Sharp to participate in snow sports with other celebs: Rahal Letterman Racing's Scott Sharp will get in some skiing and help raise money and awareness for environmental protection later this month when he attends Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s annual Celebrity Sports Invitational at Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and Sunshine Village in Alberta. Sharp will join celebrities such as Alec Baldwin, Woody Harrelson, Tim Robbins and Virginia Madsen in events such as toboggan, biathlon and dual giant slalom races. A gala dinner, with '70s rocker Peter Frampton performing, will be held Jan. 20.

6. Patrick included in international hot list: Andretti Green Racing driver Danica Patrick is among the "50 Hottest Sports Stars for the Year 2007" in the February issue of ALPHA magazine. "They are stars that set pulses racing and have that public appeal away from the sporting arena as well," the feature story states. Other women include tennis aces Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic, LPGA star Natalie Gulbis, Olympic swimming gold medalist Jodie Henry and snowboarding talent Torah Bright.

7. Getting physical: The Indy Racing League medical staff conducted 51 driver examinations on Jan 8-9, and have 21 more scheduled before the annual preseason exam window ends on Jan. 11. The tests which are conducted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Clarian Emergency Medical Center are done to determine if drivers are medically cleared to drive.

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The 2007 IndyCar Series season begins under the lights with the XM Satellite Radio 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 24. The race will be telecast live by ESPN2 at 8 p.m. (EST) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPN Deportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio and www.indycar.com. The sixth season of Indy Pro Series competition begins with the Homestead-Miami 100 on March 24 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be telecast on a delayed basis by ESPN2.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Scott Sharp , Sam Schmidt , Alex Lloyd , Logan Gomez , A.J. Foyt , Danica Patrick