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A Winning Partnership: Lincoln Tech is Primary Sponsor for Panther Racing at Meijer Indy 300 Team CEO & Co-Owner John Barnes Graduated from School in 1971 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 11, 2006) -- Two-time IndyCar Series Champion Panther...

A Winning Partnership: Lincoln Tech is Primary Sponsor for Panther Racing at Meijer Indy 300

Team CEO & Co-Owner John Barnes Graduated from School in 1971

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 11, 2006) -- Two-time IndyCar Series Champion Panther Racing announced Friday a primary sponsorship agreement with career training school Lincoln Tech for the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Panther Racing co-owner John Barnes, who was the youngest chief mechanic in the history of the Indianapolis 500, graduated from Lincoln Tech in the early 1970s. After his graduation, Barnes went on to become one of the most successful mechanics and team owners in Indy-car racing history.

"I know the training at Lincoln Tech works from personal experience," Barnes explained. "I had already been in the racing business for several years before I went to Lincoln Tech, and once I graduated I had the automotive training I needed to advance my career. I wouldn't be here today without that training and I'm proud that they've decided to join Panther Racing this weekend and, hopefully, well into the future."

Lincoln Tech has 15 campuses nationwide, in states that include Indiana, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. Program offerings include Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology, Collision Repair, Electronic Systems Technician (EST) and HVAC.

Lincoln Tech's campus in Indiana is the flagship school for high-performance vehicle instruction. This program offering and the ideal location -- near the famed motor speedway in the racing capital of the world -- has established Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis as a destination school for students, like Barnes, pursuing automotive and motor sports careers.

"We are truly proud to support Lincoln Tech alumnus John Barnes, and wish front runner Panther Racing well in Sunday's race," said Timothy Campagna, President of Lincoln Tech's Indianapolis campus. "Teaming up with John and Panther Racing as a primary sponsor this weekend is an exciting way to promote Lincoln Tech's automotive expertise and passion for motor sports. We can't wait to see our brand emblazoned on the team's car at this prestigious IndyCar Series event, expected to draw thousands of fans at the speedway, along with millions of television and online viewers."

Panther driver Vitor Meira brings his No. 4 Lincoln Tech Panther Honda to a track where his team won in dominant fashion in 2003. The team currently sits in fifth place in the IndyCar Series points standings, just 56 points out of the championship lead. This is the closest Top Five championship battle in the history of the IndyCar Series.

"Adding Lincoln Tech to the Panther family for this weekend is great news for all of us," Meira said. "John Barnes is one of the most knowledgeable people I've ever met in all my years in motorsports, and that says a lot about the education he received at Lincoln Tech. It's great that the school is getting involved in motorsports because its students will be more aware of the success they can have in our business."

Panther has been very active in raising awareness about job opportunities in motorsports for young professionals. In May the team announced plans to open the Panther Education Center, a motorsports-themed experiential learning facility for middle grade students. Also, in June, the team announced a new university-based program to run an Indy Pro Series car in 2007 that will have student interns working on all aspects of the racing program -- engineering, mechanics, public relations and marketing.

The Meijer Indy 300 will be held this Sunday at Kentucky Speedway and broadcast live on ABC starting at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio Channel 145.

Lincoln Tech and its parent company Lincoln Educational Services Corporation (NASDAQ: LINC), make it a priority to anticipate workplace skill needs and implement custom-designed classes and programs to meet current and future workforce demands.

About Lincoln Educational Services
Lincoln is a leading and diversified for-profit provider of career-oriented post-secondary education. It offers recent high school graduates and working adults degree and diploma programs in five principal areas of study: automotive technology, skilled trades, business and information technology and health sciences (which includes programs for licensed practical nursing, medical administrative assistants, medical assistants, pharmacy technicians) and Hospitality Services. Lincoln has provided the workforce with skilled technicians since its inception in 1946. Lincoln currently operates 37 ground campuses in 17 states under nine brands: Lincoln College of Technology, Lincoln Technical Institute, CEI, Denver Automotive and Diesel College, Nashville Auto-Diesel College, Southwestern College, Florida Culinary Institute, New England Technical Institute and Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts and Sciences. Lincoln now operates an online campus under the brand name of Lincoln College Online. Lincoln had a combined average enrollment of approximately 17,400 students as of June 30, 2006.

-credit: panther racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers John Barnes , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing