CHAMPCAR/CART: Patrick RS Gains new Sponsor

Patrick Racing Sports New Look With Visteon Sponsorship CART Online (February 12, 1998) -- Patrick Racing has announced that Scott Pruetts ...

Patrick Racing Sports New Look With Visteon Sponsorship

CART Online (February 12, 1998) -- Patrick Racing has announced that Scott Pruetts #20 Patrick Racing Reynard Ford will be sponsored by Visteon Automotive Systems during the 1998 FedEx Championship Series season.

Visteon Automotive Systems, an enterprise of the Ford Motor Company, is an automotive systems developer and provider of powertrains, chassis and electronics along with other systems. The deal is multi-year and provides for Visteon to contribute key racing technology to Patrick Racing.

"We are very pleased to be associated with a company the caliber of Visteon. They bring a lot of experience and technological expertise to our team. We look forward to a mutually beneficial and successful relationship in the coming years," said owner U.E. "Pat" Patrick.

Patrick Racing will be a two-car effort in 1998. In addition to Pruetts Visteon/Patrick Racing car, the team will also field an entry to be piloted by Adrian Fernandez and sponsored by Tecate Beer in partnership with Labatt USA and Quaker State Oil Mexico (#40 Tecate/Quaker State Reynard Ford). Patrick Racing also receives support from Firestone, Duralast, Pepsi, UTLX, Clausing, Unigraphics, Craftsman, Bosch Spark Plugs, and Garrett.

Patrick Racing is one of the most successful teams in racing with 37 Championship Car victories. Pat Patrick is a co-founder of CART and the "father" of the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights series which has produced much of the top young talent now competing in the PPG CART World Series.

Patrick Racing has also reached agreement with two additional sponsors for the 1998 FedEx Championship Series season. First Finance, a Michigan Corporation, which is the nations third largest mortgage broker and the premier marketer of the mortgage by mail concept, has signed on with Scott Pruetts #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing car. The team has also entered into a sponsorship arrangement with ICI Polyurethanes, a business of ICI America, Inc.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Scott Pruett