Al Unser Jr. to drive A1 Team USA's
"We The People" Indianapolis 500 entry
GEICO sponsors unique "America's Race Team" effort
INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- A1 TEAM USA and GEICO announced today that two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, Jr. will pilot the No.31 A1 TEAM USA/GEICO/ Dreyer & Reinbold Racing-prepared Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine in the 90th running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on May 28.Unser will join A1 TEAM USA owner Rick Weidinger and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owners Dennis Reinbold and Robbie Buhl in debuting the red, white, and blue "We the People" livery on May 7 and begin "month of May" preparations.
"What better way to highlight the United States' participation in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations and TEAM USA than with two of the most recognized names in American open-wheel racing-Unser and the Indianapolis 500," explained Weidinger, the Washington, D.C.-based telecommunications entrepreneur and former Indy Racing League team owner. "The opportunity to showcase A1 TEAM USA at an American event like the Indianapolis 500 with an American driver like Al is unmatched in motor sports.
We are also honored by having GEICO, a company born in our nation's capital with a long history of serving government employees and the military, as a sponsor and team partner. Our hope is that Americans around the country and around the world embrace this U.S. entry, not only in the Indy 500, but in the A1 Grand Prix which begins its second season of races around the world this October," added Weidinger.
Ted Ward, GEICO vice president of marketing, added, "We are so proud to be part of the Indianapolis 500. The race is part of the fabric of America and we are honored to be partnering with A1 Team USA in this enormously popular and prestigious race."
The Unser family is a racing dynasty that holds 9 Indianapolis 500 victories to their credit; 2 of those belonging to Al Jr. in 1992 and 1994. The seasoned veteran, who is returning from retirement to join this effort, is anxious to get behind the wheel to try and make it 3 victories with his 18th Indy 500 start.
"The Indy 500 is my true love," said User. "I have had some time off, as you know, and it has been great to enjoy my family but I'm feeling really refreshed and anxious to get back out there and race. Being able to do that with an outfit like Dreyer & Reinbold and carrying the banner for A1TEAM USA with the enthusiastic support of GEICO makes this a month I'm really looking forward to!"
"We were looking at the options for entering a second car," continued Dennis Reinbold, "and honestly, we couldn't be more pleased with Rick's participation and how this program has come together. We are very proud to welcome the A1 TEAM USA's effort."
Al Unser Jr. and the A1 TEAM USA/GEICO/DRR crew will take to the track for the first time on May 7 for their first practice session from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.