IRL: Homestead: Paul Dana preview

Paul Dana set for IRL IndyCar Series debut Dana will be behind the wheel for No.91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Indianapolis (March.2, 2005) -- Paul Dana, who drove Team Ethanol to a runner-up finish in the 2004 Indy Racing League's ...

Paul Dana set for IRL IndyCar Series debut
Dana will be behind the wheel for No.91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing

Indianapolis (March.2, 2005) -- Paul Dana, who drove Team Ethanol to a runner-up finish in the 2004 Indy Racing League's Menards Infiniti Pro Series, will make his IndyCar Series debut behind the wheel of the No.91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Toyota-powered Dallara//Firestone entry when the IRL opens its 2005 campaign this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Although this will be his first IndyCar Series race, Dana has some history at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2004, he started on pole in the opener of the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. "The track was a lot more challenging a few years ago before they added the banking, but now it provides good side-by-side racing that the IRL has become known for. It can get tricky with the wind but I've raced there the last two years in the Pro Series so we know what to expect."

"I am thrilled to be in the series, but we haven't had much testing so we want to keep it realistic. We will be more conservative for the opening race at Homestead and for the first couple of races after that. It's a dream come true," said Dana, a 29-year-old St. Louis native. "This is what I've worked 10 years to be able to do, and to take the last step and reach the top level of the sport is just an unbelievable opportunity."

Dana started either on the front or second row in 10 of the 12 Menards Infiniti Pro Series races in 2004. He had one victory (The Milwaukee Mile), four seconds, and seven top-five finishes. He recorded six top-10 finishes in 10 starts in 2003 with Kenn Hardley Racing and Brian Stewart Racing.

Dana will drive for team owner Ron Hemelgarn, who won the 2000 IndyCar Series and 1996 Indianapolis 500 as a team owner. Hemelgarn, who was one of the founding team owners in the IRL, returns full time to the IndyCar Series after sitting out most of last season. "We've been extremely busy over the last several weeks getting our cars assembled and ramping up our staff for a full-time effort," Hemelgarn said. "The guys in the shop have put in a huge effort, but we made it and we are extremely proud to be back in the IndyCar Series with a long-term program."

Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing is backed by a group of companies within the fast-growing ethanol industry, led by the major ethanol design-build firms Fagen Inc., ICM Inc., and Broin Companies. Ethanol is a high octane, high performance fuel that is clean burning, renewable, and made in America. As a growing component of the United States' gasoline supply, it delivers improved vehicle performance while reducing emissions and improving air quality.

Associate sponsors under the Ethanol banner include Ethanol Products, Flottweg, Novozymes, and McCormick Construction. Supporters include New Energy Corp., Laidig, Brown Tank, Winbco Tank, J&D Construction, A&B Process Systems, and E&I Electric. The American Coalition for Ethanol assists with promotional support.

Remy International, Inc. and Life Fitness also signed on as a sponsor for the #91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing entry. Remy International, Inc., is headquartered in Anderson, Ind. (USA). The company designs, manufactures, remanufactures and distributes electrical, powertrain and related components and provides core exchange services for automobiles and light trucks, heavy-duty trucks and other heavy-duty, off-road and industrial applications. Products include starter motors, alternators, engines, fuel systems and hybrid drive systems. The company serves the aftermarket and original equipment manufacturer market, principally in North America, as well as Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Life Fitness invents, manufactures, and delivers the world's most advanced fitness equipment to both commercial and home markets. They are the global leader in providing industry-tailored solutions to world-class fitness facilities and training centers. Their industry leadership transcends three decades and includes some of the most celebrated advancements in the history of fitness. Their very first product, the Lifecycle® exercise bike, was the first-ever electronic piece of exercise equipment. Many more breakthrough innovations have followed. Hammer Strength® Ground Base machines. Life Fitness Total-Body Cross-Trainer. LifepulseTM and FlexDeck® technologies. The list includes more than 50 U.S. patents and performance features that have altered the course of fitness history. The people at the helm of Life Fitness today are restless innovators, devoted pioneers who work day and night to bring industry- leading products and exceptional services to fitness facilities and home gyms everywhere. Additional information is available at www.lifefitness.com.

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