INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Feb. 13, 2006 Today's IRL headlines 1. Kanaan featured in Reese's ad 2. AGR, SSM test Indy Pro Series drivers 1. Kanaan featured in Reese's ad: 2004 IRL IndyCarÂ® Series driver Tony Kanaan is featured along...
INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Feb. 13, 2006
Today's IRL headlines
1. Kanaan featured in Reese's ad
2. AGR, SSM test Indy Pro Series drivers
1. Kanaan featured in Reese's ad: 2004 IRL IndyCar® Series driver Tony Kanaan is featured along with NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick in a new commercial for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups with caramel. The commercial has been shown nationally during a variety of television programs and sporting events.
"For me to have been chosen to be in a commercial was very flattering, especially when you consider that I'm not a native to this county," Kanaan said. "We basically re-made an old commercial that aired a long, long time ago."
In the 15-second commercial, Harvick is shown walking down the street while eating a Reese's and wearing headphones, while Kanaan is shown carrying a jar of caramel and talking on his cell phone. The two drivers round a corner and bump into each other with Harvick inadvertently dipping his Reese's into Kanaan's open jar. Harvick then says: "You got your caramel in my Reese's."
Kanaan was invited to participate in the spot because Hershey, parent company of Reese's, is a sponsor of Andretti Green Racing. The Hershey logo is featured on Kanaan's Team 7-Eleven Honda-powered Dallara.
"Hershey's and Reese's are great companies to represent, and it's nice to have had the opportunity to take part in the commercial," Kanaan said. "I'm just very proud to have been able to represent these two great brand names."
2. AGR, SSM test Indy Pro Series drivers: Andretti Green Racing and Sam Schmidt Motorsports continued their preparations for the 2006 Indy Pro Series season Feb. 8-9 with two days of road course testing.
The two teams formed a partnership in December and tested on an oval in late January.
Jaime Camara, who finished fifth in the series in 2005, and rookie Jonathan Klein, a freshman at the University of Dayton, are slated to drive for AGR. England's Jay Howard completed his second test for Sam Schmidt.
"I think I turned well over 200 laps during the two days," said Camara, a native Brazilian who now lives in Miami. "The short, tight track with low to mid-speed corners allowed us to test a lot of different setups for St. Petersburg. I think it was a really good test, and we found a constant setup."
Camara tested on both days, while Klein and Howard each drove one day.
"The learning curve has been unbelievable," Klein said. "In two days, I've learned a great deal already. The power, size and grip level of these cars are more than I'm used to. It's exciting to drive such a fun, fast car.
"I'm really looking forward to the season starting. Jaime, Jay and I, even though we've only been together a limited time, are working well together, and we're showing some good speed."
The IRL IndyCar Series opens the 2006 season with the Toyota Indy 300 at 3:30 p.m. (EST) on March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network. The IMS Radio Network broadcast is also carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 152, "XM Extreme" and www.indycar.com. The fifth season of Indy Pro Series competition also opens on March 26 with the Miami 100 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast on a delayed basis by ESPN2.