ABC SUPPLY CO. SPONSORS MILWAUKEE MILE IRL INDYCAR SERIES RACE
Racing Legend A.J. Foyt Involved In Entitlement
INDIANAPOLIS (May 13, 2005) -- Today, with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the setting and with the participation of racing legend A.J. Foyt, The Milwaukee Mile proudly announced ABC Supply Co, Inc. as race entitlement sponsor of their July 24 IRL IndyCar Series race.
ABC Supply Co., Inc., based in Beloit, WI, is the largest wholesale distributor of roofing and siding materials, tools and supplies in the United States. In addition to a multi-year agreement to back The Milwaukee Mile IndyCar Series event, ABC Supply Co., Inc. will also sponsor the entry of A.J. Foyt Enterprises and driver A.J. Foyt IV in the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29.
"As a Wisconsin-based company, and with so many of our customers and associates in the area, we are thrilled to be sponsoring the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile," says company founder and CEO Ken Hendricks. "After all, what better way to experience Indy car racing than by sponsoring a race in our own backyard."
Foyt, the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 as a driver, has agreed to incorporate his name into the title of The Milwaukee Mile's IndyCar Series race for the second consecutive year. The Houston native will again partake in The 'Mile's race weekend activities the fourth weekend in July while staying hands-on as owner/team engineer for his team.
A number of Foyt's driving successes, as well as disappointments behind the wheel, are interwoven into the storied history of The Milwaukee Mile, a track at which he competed at more than any other speedway in his driving career.
"I'm really glad that ABC Supply Co. is sponsoring the AJ Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile. It means a lot to me for our new team sponsor to show that kind of support," Foyt commented. "I think they will really enjoy the race weekend because Milwaukee has always been a great place to race. It's got a lot of history and a lot of great fans. I've had good times and some not so good times on the track but I can say one thing: the steaks in Milwaukee are the best I've ever had and that's coming from someone who lives in Texas."
One of the most versatile drivers to ever strap on a helmet, Foyt competed an estimated 98 times at The 'Mile in Indy Cars, USAC Stock Cars, Midgets, Silver Crown and Sprint Cars. "Super Tex" captured 10 wins at America's Legendary Oval, six in Stock Cars. He collected four of his record 67 career IndyCar victories there - three from the pole position - between 1962 and 1979.
"We are proud to welcome a wonderful Wisconsin company, ABC Supply Co., Inc. to The Milwaukee Mile family," said Gary Girard, General Manager of the newly-improved speedway. "Our loyal race fans love and respect A.J. Foyt, one of the world's all-time greatest race car drivers. We are ecstatic he is taking an active role in what will be an unforgettable weekend of racing with the stars of the Indy 500 at The Milwaukee Mile July 22nd through 24th."
The "ABC Supply Co. / A.J. Foyt 225" will be televised live on ESPN on Sunday, July 24 at 2:30 p.m. EST.
For ticket information, call (414) 453-8277, or visit www.milwaukeemile.com.
ABC Supply Co., Inc., based in Beloit, Wis., with more than $2 billion in sales, is the largest wholesale distributor of roofing and siding in the United States, and one of the largest distributors of windows and other select exterior products. Founded in 1982, ABC Supply currently employs more than 5,000 people and has more than 288 branch locations in 45 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.
The Milwaukee Mile is the oldest, continuously operated auto racing facility in the world, with competition dating back to 1903. In just the last two years, major facility improvements including a completely new grandstand, new scoreboard, new fan-friendly paddock layout, a retrofitting of the infield road course and new pit wall have been completed, making it a state-of-the-art facility. In 2005, the historic speedway's four event weekends will feature major auto racing events sanctioned by the Indy Racing League, NASCAR, USAC, ARCA, and the Champ Car World Series. Ticket and event information is available at www.milwaukeemile.com.