JACKSON, MI - - JUNE 15, 2001 - - Patrick Racing announced today that the ...
JACKSON, MI - - JUNE 15, 2001 - - Patrick Racing announced today that the #40 Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard piloted by Jimmy Vasser will carry identification from Visteon Corporation and its associate sponsors for this weekend's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit on the temporary street circuit at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.
"As Detroit is Visteon's world headquarters we felt that it would be an ideal opportunity to give Visteon Corporation, which is already the primary sponsor of Roberto Moreno's #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard, some added value by putting its corporate identification, and the corporate identification of its associate sponsors, on Jimmy's car for the upcoming Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit," said Patrick Racing owner U. E "Pat" Patrick. "This has been done by Patrick Racing to provide Visteon and its associate sponsors with some additional exposure," Patrick said.
Visteon, which is in its fourth year of sponsorship with Patrick Racing, originally joined the team as a primary sponsor in 1998 with Scott Pruett as the driver. In 1999, PJ Jones and Jan Magnussen drove the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry. Moreno, who took over the ride last year, provided Visteon with their highest finish in the FedEx Championship Series standings placing third in 2000.
"Visteon is pleased that Patrick Racing has presented us with this opportunity to promote our corporate brand image during the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit," said Visteon's Susan Skerker, Senior Vice President of Business Strategy and Corporate Relations. "We are proud to be a part of the Patrick Racing team and of the excitement the Grand Prix brings to the city of Detroit and its surrounding communities."
In addition to Visteon, Patrick Racing will also detail the #40 Patrick Racing
Toyota Reyard with signage from Free Markets, Futaba, ABB and DuPont Engineering Polymers.
Patrick Racing, which enters its 29th year of competition in 2001, is one of the most successful teams in the history of Champ Car racing with 44 victories, three Indianapolis 500 wins and two national championships (1976 - Gordon Johncock and 1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi). U. E. "Pat" Patrick is the co-founder of CART and the "father" of the Dayton Indy Lights Series.