INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001 - A statement from Indy Racing League President and CEO Tony George about the announcement Dec. 6 that Penske Racing will compete in open-wheel racing exclusively in the Indy Racing League starting in the 2002 season:
"The addition of Roger Penske, his team and his Marlboro sponsor to the Indy Racing League is a great plus to what is already the most exciting, most competitive racing series on the planet. What better affirmation could there be than to have the most successful team in American motorsports choose the Indy Racing League as its competitive platform? This is a strong indicator that our vision and plan is the right one for the future of American open-wheel racing and exemplifies the League's stability and growth. The addition of Marlboro Team Penske to our core of strong Indy Racing teams will make 2002 the most competitive year yet."