IRL: 'Spirit of San Antonio' Returns to Indy with St. James

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'The Spirit of San Antonio' Returns to Indy with Lyn St. James INDIANAPOLIS, May 8 - "The Spirit of San Antonio" will once again grace the sides of Lyn St. James' entry in the Indianapolis 500 this year. The slogan belongs to...

'The Spirit of San Antonio' Returns to Indy with Lyn St. James

INDIANAPOLIS, May 8 - "The Spirit of San Antonio" will once again grace the sides of Lyn St. James' entry in the Indianapolis 500 this year.

The slogan belongs to The Zunne Group, which was established in 1994 to enhance the quality of life of residents of San Antonio, Texas, through the promotion of auto racing.

The Zunne Group's other goals are to promote San Antonio as a site for all sorts of different racing; encourage race teams in Mexico, South America and the United States to winter in San Antonio; serve as a catalyst for the development of automotive research and development programs in the city and the creation of racing-related jobs; to build a racing resort in San Antonio; and to benefit charities that support youth, education and team sports programs.

The company is run by Toby and Barbie O'Connor. They named their business after the Zuni Indians, a family-oriented but fierce group of warriors who survived battles with other tribes and white settlers alike. "The Zunis perfectly characterize what racing is all about: family fun, yet fiercely competitive," Toby O'Connor said.

Another project of The Zunne Group is the "Race to the Library: You're a Winner" program. It promotes literacy and library usage through reading, imaginative thinking, creativity, discussion and debate.

"The main goal is to get kids interested in the library who were not using it before," said O'Connor, "and to get kids who have dismissed reading as 'uncool' back on track."

All 19 branches of the San Antonio Public Library are involved in the program.

St. James spoke to hundreds of children at the Oakwell Branch library on Feb. 7 to promote the "Race to the Library" program.

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