IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League to sponsor Chili Bowl car

INDYCAR SERIES, INDY PRO SERIES TO BACK DODGE AT CHILI BOWL INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007 -- The IndyCar® Series and Indy Pro Series have teamed with Lehmann Racing to field a midget for Indy Pro Series veteran Geoff Dodge in the 21st...

INDYCAR SERIES, INDY PRO SERIES TO BACK DODGE AT CHILI BOWL

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007 -- The IndyCar® Series and Indy Pro Series have teamed with Lehmann Racing to field a midget for Indy Pro Series veteran Geoff Dodge in the 21st Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Jan. 10-13 in Tulsa, Okla.

Dodge, winner of the Knoxville Nationals "Fast Track to Indy" Rookie of the Year in 2005, will drive a Maxim-Gaerte for longtime short-track racer Donnie Lehmann.

"It's an honor to have the IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series come on board for the Chili Bowl," Dodge said. "The opportunity that I had last season in the Indy Pro Series was a huge step in my career and to have their support again for an event like this is great. I look forward to representing the Indy Racing League at the Chili Bowl and can't wait to show the sprint and midget racing fans and teams what we're all about."

Lehmann Racing has fielded entries in the Chili Bowl in 18 of the previous 20 years, most of any team to participate in the event.

"This is a great opportunity for the Indy Racing League and for Lehmann Racing," Lehmann said. "I'm really excited about being involved on the grassroots side of things for the Indy Racing League and to go to the Chili Bowl with them is wonderful."

Dodge, a veteran of sprint car racing, will make his debut in the race which draws drivers from all forms of motorsports. Dodge's No. 500 entry, Bell helmet and Hinchman driver's suit will carry the IndyCar Series, Indy Pro Series and Indy DownForce logos. Rockstar Paint designed Dodge's helmet and car.

"I think Geoff will adapt quickly to the Chili Bowl style in a midget," Lehmann said. "The Chili Bowl is kind of a different type of race and the experience that Geoff has in a sprint car will help him be successful. I can't wait to get started."

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About the IndyCar Series: 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 US 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.

About the Indy Pro Series: The Indy Pro Series is the premier ladder series for drivers and teams striving to compete in the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. Primarily run in conjunction with IndyCar Series, the Indy Pro Series' 16-race schedule features seven races on ovals and nine races on road courses/street circuits, including both circuits at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Teams compete for $3 million in prize money in cars that are second only in speed to the IndyCar Series at most tracks they visits. 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.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights , Midget
Drivers Marco Andretti , Jeff Simmons , Donnie Lehmann , Geoff Dodge , Sam Hornish Jr. , Ed Carpenter