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PHOENIX, Friday, March 8, 2002 - Phoenix resident Billy Boat will carry the colors and team logo of the World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks on his No. 98 CURB/Agajanian/Boat Indy Racing entry in the Bombardier ATV Copper World Indy 200 on...

PHOENIX, Friday, March 8, 2002 - Phoenix resident Billy Boat will carry the colors and team logo of the World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks on his No. 98 CURB/Agajanian/Boat Indy Racing entry in the Bombardier ATV Copper World Indy 200 on March 17 at Phoenix International Raceway.

1998 Indianapolis 500 pole winner Boat drives the No. 98 CURB Records Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone in the Indy Racing League. He finished a career-best fourth in the Indy Racing League point standings in 2001.

"Billy Boat is a hometown racer who runs his own team out of Phoenix," said Scott Brubaker, Diamondbacks senior vice president of sales and marketing. "He's sat on the pole at Indy, finished fourth in the championship last season, and he's as much of an athlete as you'll find in any sport, anywhere.

"The Arizona Diamondbacks were proud to support Larry Dixon in Don Prudhomme's car at last month's drag races, and we are proud to be with Billy Boat as he races his Indy car. We think racing is important in Arizona, and we want Billy Boat to get another championship trophy for the state of Arizona."

Boat is co-owner and driver of the CURB/Agajanian/Boat Indy Racing team, based in Phoenix. A graduate of Arizona State University, Boat started a performance exhaust business in 1986 and began racing in 1989. He made his Indy Racing debut in 1996 and became a team owner last year.

"I've raced for a couple of different teams," Boat said, "but I've always wanted to have my own team, based here at home. Arizona has a strong Indy Racing heritage, but there hasn't been a championship team from Arizona, including the driver, since the days of Jimmy Bryan and Clint Brawner.

"We think we have the team that will earn us a championship, just like the Arizona Diamondbacks. We're excited to be carrying their colors."

Boat's car will be painted to match the Arizona Diamondbacks team graphics for this race only, featuring the Diamondbacks' logo and an illustration of the World Championship trophy.

The car will be unveiled to the public at 6:30 p.m. (MST) March 14 at the Arizona Center, with a special appearance by Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Williams. The Diamondbacks' championship trophy also will be on display.

Tickets for the Bombardier ATV Copper World Indy 200 are now available by phone at (602) 252-2227; on the Web at www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com or at the Phoenix International Raceway ticket office, at the Arizona Center, 3rd Street and Van Buren, in downtown Phoenix.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Larry Dixon , Billy Boat
Teams Williams