IRL: Richmond 75th lap special award announcement

Sony Disc Manufacturing Sponsoring 10,000th Indy Racing Lap INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, June 25, 2001 - The 75th lap of the SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 30 at Richmond International Raceway will be historic - and valuable. That's because the...

Sony Disc Manufacturing Sponsoring 10,000th Indy Racing Lap

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, June 25, 2001 - The 75th lap of the SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 30 at Richmond International Raceway will be historic - and valuable.

That's because the driver who leads Lap 75 will have led the 10,000th lap in Indy Racing League history and will be awarded the $10,000 "Sony Disc 10,000 Indy Racing Lap Award" from Sony Disc Manufacturing.

"Sony Disc Manufacturing is helping us celebrate another great milestone in the growth of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series," said Bob Reif, senior vice president of sales and marketing and chief marketing officer for the Indy Racing League. "In addition to Sony Disc Manufacturing's support of the Indy Racing League, they awarded $50,000 in contingency money for this year's Indianapolis 500. We are pleased another blue-chip company like Sony Disc Manufacturing is recognizing the value of the Indy Racing League."

As the world's largest producer of pre-recorded optical discs, Sony Disc Manufacturing (SDM) offers high-quality products and services to serve the growing needs of the education, entertainment and information industries. Services include digital authoring, graphic design, mastering, replication, packaging, distribution and fulfillment for audio CD, CD-ROM, DVD, SuperAudio CD, PlayStation(TM) and Web-connected discs. SDM has ISO-certified locations across the U.S. in Pitman, N.J., Springfield, Ore., and Terre Haute, Ind.

"We are excited about being a sponsor, and we are pleased to be a part of the Indy Racing League," said Scott Bartlet, vice president of customer and industry relations for Sony Disc Manufacturing. "We look forward to continuing our relationship and appreciate the effort that the drivers and teams make to make it one of America's great sports."

Awarding money for leading a certain lap is nothing new to Indy Racing. Lap money has been awarded at the Indianapolis 500 since 1920 through the Citizens Speedway Committee.

"When I was little, my dad would always tell me stories about the Indianapolis 500, and one of them was about how the leader got a bunch of money," said 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. "I think it's pretty neat that Sony Disc Manufacturing is building a bit of a new tradition with this award at Richmond. I think it's great for the drivers and the fans. It just adds to the excitement."

Richmond International Raceway is a ¾-mile facility located in Richmond, Va. The SunTrust Indy Challenge is the first event in Indy Racing history on a track shorter than 1 mile. The race starts at 8 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on ESPN.

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