INDIANAPOLIS -- Vornado, an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of air comfort products, will be a prominent associate sponsor on the No. 21 Panoz/Toyota driven by Jaques Lazier. Playa Del Racing Vice President, Susan Schafer, announced the long-term agreement Tuesday. The team will debut in the 2005 Indianapolis 500 on May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Vornado and Playa Del Racing share the same commitment to excellence. Both companies rely on their speed and technological innovation to stay ahead of their competition and be the leader in their respective industries.

Playa Del Racing (PDR) is a new team founded on old principles; have fun and go fast. Although the 2005 Indianapolis 500 will be the team's first race, the organization is comprised of seasoned professionals that have come to PDR with years of racing experience as well as numerous wins and championships on their resumes.

Schafer believes the addition of Vornado brings an exciting partner to the race team. Says Schafer, "We are extremely proud to bring another company with products of unmatched quality to the Indy Racing League. As a new sponsor with a new team, Vornado is a company whose products should be sought out by race fans around the world."

Since the 1940s, the Vornado brand has stood apart as the leader in innovative, stylish design and insightful engineering. Vornado sets the standard for whole room air comfort by perfecting the movement of massive amounts of air with its deep-pitch blade, signature spiral grill, innovative air guide and inlet air accelerator. Vornado is dedicated to their signature air movement, named Vortex Circulation that benefits everyone in a room, not just the person sitting in front of the product. All of Vornado's product lines are predicated upon their Signature Vortex Circulation.

Vornado is dedicated to building the best air comfort product including air circulators, vintage fans, heavy-duty shop fans, whole room heaters, air softening humidifiers and air purifiers. These products deliver outstanding performance year after year and represent the ultimate in quality. This commitment to excellence has ensured the loyalty of generations of Vornado customers and "fans."

"The Vornado brand is really a natural fit with Indy Racing, particularly with Playa Del Racing and DHL Smart & Global Mail. We are excited to introduce our brand to the legions of Indy fans," said Michael C. Coup, Vornado's founder and president.

For further information on Indianapolis, IN based Playa Del Racing, log on to www.playadelracing.com.

For further information on Vornado, log on to www.vornado.com