GEHL COMPANY TO SPONSOR CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC SEASON FINALE AT ROAD AMERICA INDIANAPOLIS (September 7, 2006) -- Gehl Company, a trusted partner in the Yokohama Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, has announced that it...
GEHL COMPANY TO SPONSOR CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC SEASON FINALE AT ROAD AMERICA
INDIANAPOLIS (September 7, 2006) -- Gehl Company, a trusted partner in the Yokohama Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, has announced that it will serve as the title sponsor for the final round of Atlantic competition in 2006.
The Wisconsin-based construction equipment manufacturing company will lend its support to the 12th round of series racing, set for September 22-24 at the majestic 4.048-mile Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The Gehl Champ Car Atlantic Championship Finale at Road America will feature the Mazda-Cosworth/Swift/Yokohama cars of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship in the 22nd series race run at the circuit located in the heart of Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine country.
The three-day event, featuring practice and qualifying on Friday and Saturday and the 18-lap series finale on Sunday, is expected to be one of the most entertaining weekends on the Atlantic calendar. Not only does it mark the series' annual visit to one of the world's top road courses, the race will also decide the Atlantic series championship. French rookie Simon Pagenaud (#15 Team Australia/Location U/Cons. Gen. Vienne) will carry a 12-point lead (253-241) over 17-year-old first-year sensation Graham Rahal (#18 Gehl Company) into the weekend as the two rising stars will battle for the series crown and the $2 million champion's Champ Car bonus at Road America.
In addition to serving as a season-long sponsor on Rahal's Mi-Jack Conquest Racing entry in '06, the Gehl Company also supplies the Official Construction Equipment used by both the Road America circuit and the Champ Car Safety Team. Gehl also sponsored Rounds 5 and 6 of the Atlantic Championship earlier this season at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport. The company, headquartered in West Bend, Wisconsin, will host a number of its dealers and customers throughout the championship weekend at Road America. The Gehl Company has also been associated with Road America for more than 20 years.
"Gehl Company is proud to be the title sponsor of the Gehl Champ Car Atlantic Championship Finale at Road America," said Dan Keyes, Gehl Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We've built a strong continuing relationship with Road America and Champ Car and this is a natural extension of those relationships. In addition, the finale will provide one of the most exciting races of the season for our guests, Gehl dealers and customers, because Graham Rahal and the #18 Gehl car will be fighting for the 2006 Atlantic Series Championship."
The Gehl Champ Car Atlantic Championship Finale at Road America will be televised via tape delay on SPEED beginning at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 8. The race will be re-broadcast at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 11 on SPEED.
Gehl Company (NASDAQ: GEHL) is a leading manufacturer of equipment used worldwide in construction and agricultural applications. Founded in 1859, the company is headquartered in West Bend, Wis. For more information, visit www.gehl.com or contact the Gehl literature hotline at 800-628-0491.
The Champ Car Atlantic Championship continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America. In its 33rd season in 2006, the championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition and has helped produce past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve. 2006 Champ Car competitors Alex Tagliani, Andrew Ranger, Katherine Legge, Tonis Kasemets and 2005 Atlantic champion Charles Zwolsman are established Atlantic graduates along with 2004 Champ Car Rookie of the Year and 2003 Atlantic champ A.J. Allmendinger. Competing in newly-designed Swift 016.a chassis powered by a 2.3-liter Mazda-Cosworth engine riding on Yokohama ADVAN Racing Slicks, 2006 competitors will fight for the 12-race championship and the unique $2 million Champ Car series champion's bonus. For more information on the series and to view this season's races on demand, please visit www.champcaratlantic.com.