INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Sept. 1, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. PEAK Antifreeze, Mr. Clean to sponsor Chicagoland event 2. IRL's Golfers Take Their Best Shots For Worthy Cause 1. PEAK Antifreeze, Mr. Clean to sponsor Chicagoland ...
INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Sept. 1, 2005
Today's IRL headlines
1. PEAK Antifreeze, Mr. Clean to sponsor Chicagoland event
2. IRL's Golfers Take Their Best Shots For Worthy Cause
1. PEAK Antifreeze, Mr. Clean to sponsor Chicagoland event: Old World Industries announced Aug. 31 that it will be the title sponsor of the Sept. 11 IRL IndyCar® Series event at Chicagoland Speedway.
The 200-lap race, the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 Presented by Mr. Clean, is named after two of Old World Industries' top brands, PEAK Antifreeze and Mr. Clean Windshield Wash and Wiper Blades.
IndyCar Series drivers Dan Wheldon, Dario Franchitti and Danica Patrick helped unveil the name at ESPNZone in downtown Chicago.
"I'm extremely happy that PEAK Antifreeze is sponsoring the Chicagoland race," Patrick said. "This is a great race track, and I'm really looking forward to getting out there (Thursday) for our Honda test."
Old World Industries, based in Northbrook, Ill., is a leader in the development and distribution of automotive products of the highest quality for more than 30 years. Its ties to motorsports grew even stronger in July when it announced an agreement with Patrick, an Illinois native and 2005 Indianapolis 500 JP Morgan Chase Rookie of the Year.
"As a Chicagoland company with a long history in motorsports, Old World Industries is proud to be a part of the thrills and excitement that every Chicagoland Speedway race delivers," said Jeff Stauffer, vice president of marketing for the company. "This is the perfect partnership for us because, just like today's high-tech race cars and talented race drivers, our products represent the utmost in advanced technology, peak performance and overall quality. Our 150 Chicago-based employees and our great retail partners across the world are looking forward to a great race and cheering on PEAK and Mr. Clean's newest ambassador, Danica Patrick."
Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, was excited in welcoming the partnership.
"Old World Industries has built its reputation on servicing the specific needs of its customers with superior products," he said. "Their dedication to quality complements our efforts brilliantly, as we at Chicagoland Speedway strive to provide the utmost in entertainment and service to our fans during ARCA/IRL weekend. We know that this collaboration will help add to the excitement of the historically action-packed race with the nail-biting finishes that we've come to expect here at Chicagoland Speedway."
2. IRL's Golfers Take Their Best Shots For Worthy Cause: The 15th annual Phil Casey Indy Racing Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event will be held a few days after the IRL IndyCar Series' event at Watkins Glen International.
The popular event attracts players from all aspects of the racing community, including Indy Racing League drivers, team members, corporate sponsors and fans.
"I really want to thank the racers over the years for supporting this event," Casey said. "The early years proved to be a struggle just to break even, but now with enthusiastic support from the racing community, we are starting to see great results."
Proceeds from this year's charity golf tournament will benefit the Pediatric Diabetes Center at Valley Children's Hospital (VCH) in Fresno, Calif., and Rupert's Kids.
Casey's granddaughter, Jennifer Burkhart, was treated at the Pediatric Diabetes Center at VCH, and the facility has received half of the tournament proceeds since the event's inception. A second charity, chosen annually by an IRL personality, receives the other half of the donated funds. Indy Racing League CEO Tony George and his wife Laura George selected the Rupert's Kids to receive funds from the 2005 tournament.
"I watched my granddaughter struggle with diabetes, and I wanted to help other kids with the disease," said Casey, the Indy Racing League's senior technical director. "I really have a soft spot for kids."
Rupert's Kids is a not-fot-profit organization founded by former "Survivor" contestant Rupert Boneham. The organization is committed to changing the lives by empowering youth to discover their inner strengths, realizing their own self worth and their value to society through mentoring and educational programs for youth in Indianapolis.
Casey first organized a postseason golf tournament in 1990, following the CART race at Laguna Seca, Calif. Since then, the annual outing has raised more than $200,000, including a record of more than $40,000 last year.
The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 Presented by Mr. Clean at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Chicagoland Speedway. The race will be broadcast by ABC and the IMS Radio Network. The race broadcast also will be carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 (XM Extreme). ESPN2's telecast of the Sonoma 100 will be shown at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 1 The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the Chicagoland 100 on Sept. 11 at Chicagoland Speedway. It will be telecast at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 15.