CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal MGD car returns for international events

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (May 7, 2001) - Miller Genuine Draft, a major part of Miller Brewing Company's auto racing heritage, returns to the track this year as part of the brewery's sponsorship plans for Team Rahal's 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series ...

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (May 7, 2001) - Miller Genuine Draft, a major part of Miller Brewing Company's auto racing heritage, returns to the track this year as part of the brewery's sponsorship plans for Team Rahal's 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series program.

Team Rahal driver Max Papis will have the popular MGD brand featured on his No. 7 Ford Lola at four international races during the 2001 CART season. A Miller Genuine Draft-sponsored car, featuring a black, red, gold and white design, will be driven by Papis at traditional events in Motegi, Japan (May 19) and Surfers Paradise, Australia (Oct. 28). The MGD champ car will also appear at two new events in Lausitz, Germany (Sept. 15) and Corby, England (Sept. 22).

Papis' champ car will continue to campaign Miller Lite colors in the other 17 North American events on the 2001 CART schedule, including 14 in the United States, two in Canada and one in Mexico.


MDG car Photo: Team Rahal/Miller Racing.

"We are very pleased to bring the Miller Genuine Draft brand back into motorsports with these four international events," said Victor Chua, Miller Brewing Company's Vice President International. "MGD is our flagship brand internationally and has been growing rapidly throughout the world -- just like the CART series. Our plan to feature the MGD race car in these events will enable us to take advantage of an outstanding international marketing opportunity in these four countries."

The new MGD race car will feature a familiar black paint scheme that made the Miller Genuine Draft racing cars of the early 1990s extremely popular with fans and won several awards for paint design. Miller Genuine Draft-backed cars won the 1992 CART championship with driver Bobby Rahal, as well as 25 stock car events with driver Rusty Wallace. A MGD-sponsored dragtser, driven by Larry Dixon, also won the prestigious U.S. Nationals drag racing title in 1995.


MGD . Photo: Team Rahal/Miller Racing

"We, at Team Rahal, are very excited to have Miller Genuine Draft back in motorsports and especially with our organization," said Bobby Rahal, the three-time CART series champion and 1986 Indy 500 winner. "The MGD colors will always have a soft spot in my heart after winning the 1992 CART championship for the brand. MGD was instrumental in my ownership of a team in CART and the formation of Team Rahal. Having MGD back in racing is a treat for me personally as well as Max and all of our CART operation."

Papis, a 31-year-old Italian who currently resides in Miami Beach, is entering his third year driving for Team Rahal and Miller Brewing Company. Last year, Papis registered the first win of his CART career in the 2000 season-opener in Homestead, FL.

The Miller Genuine Draft car will debut at Japan's Twin Ring Motegi circuit, May 19, the next international race on the 2001 CART champ car schedule.

Miller is a wholly owned subsidiary of Philip Morris Companies Inc., the world's largest consumer packaged-goods company. Led by cold filtered Miller Genuine Draft, Miller products are available in more than 100 countries.

-Miller Racing

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Larry Dixon , Max Papis , Bobby Rahal , Philip Morris