IRL: Indy 500: Playa Del Racing Team names race sponsors

PLAYA DEL RACING GOES TO THE MOVIES: TEAM FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL LAMPOON FOR THE 2006 INDY 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.: Jon Herb, co-owner of Playa Del Racing, today announced a marketing partnership with National Lampoon, Inc. (AMEX:...

PLAYA DEL RACING GOES TO THE MOVIES: TEAM FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL LAMPOON FOR THE 2006 INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.: Jon Herb, co-owner of Playa Del Racing, today announced a marketing partnership with National Lampoon, Inc. (AMEX: NLN) and it's most recent release, National Lampoon Presents Jake's Booty Call, for the #21 Videopoker.com Panoz/Honda/Firestone entry driven by Jaques Lazier, and the #12 Panoz/Honda/Firestone entry to be driven by Roger Yasukawa, to run the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2006. Lazier and Yasukawa will start 24th and 28th, respectively, in that event. < /SPAN>National Lampoon will also support the effort of Herb on his #6 Aercon Dallara/Firestone entry in the IRL Indy Pro Series for the full 2006 season.

The 90th running of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series' Indy 500, the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," will make the second consecutive year Lazier will drive under the Playa Del Racing banner. He finished 16th in the 2005 race due to another car running into him while racing solidly in the top 10 most of the day.

Barry Layne, Executive Vice President of National Lampoon, is confident his association with the Playa Del Racing Team for the 90th Indianapolis 500 will result in big benefits for his company: "We couldn't be more excited for 'National Lampoon presents Jake's Booty Call' to be in business with Playa Del Racing. We are so proud of this team and their accomplishments in getting both cars we are affiliated with into the biggest race on the planet, the Indianapolis 500. National Lampoon recognizes the potency of attaching our brands to m arketable entities, and we chose the Playa Del Racing team for that reason. Extending our support to Jon Herb's Indy Pro Series team was a natural fit for our company since we already knew and trusted the professionals running both sides of that team. We couldn't be happier for our association with Playa Del Racing and look forward to a competitive and safe Race Day for everyone involved on Sunday."

Herb knows something about the entertainment industry. He has appeared in more than a dozen motion pictures and two television shows, including "The Fugitive," "With Honors" and "The Untouchables" television show.

"We are proud to be associated with National Lampoon," Herb said. "They have such a long history in the entertainment industry. It's always fun as a team to have sponsors that the fans enjoy and that bring excitement to our team and series. "National Lampoon presents Jake's Booty Call" has been on my Indy Pro Series car all year, and I've had so many people come up to me and say how excited they are to see a movie of that caliber represented in motorsports. I just tell them to go see the movie because then they'll really have something to be excited about."

Lazier, 34, from Alta Loma, Calif., will drive the team's No. 21

Panoz/Honda/Firestone entry. Lazier will drive in the Indianapolis 500 for the sixth time, qualifying 24th quickest. Lazier was running solidly in the top 10 in the 2005 Indy 500 for the Playa Del Racing team in their debut when another driver ran into him, causing him to fall back to 16th-place at the finish. His best finish at the Indianapolis 500 is 13th as a rookie in 2000. Lazier drove in relief for Robby Gordon in the 2004 Indianapolis 500 after Gordon had to leave the race during a rain delay due to NASCAR commitments at Charlotte, N.C. Lazier, younger brother of 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier, won the IndyCar Series race from the MBNA Pole in 2001 at Chicagoland Speedway. He also has extensive experience in Indy Lights, the American IndyCar Series and SCCA competition.

PLAYA DEL RACING ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP FROM FAIR FINANCE FOR 90TH INDIANAPOLIS 500

Susan Schafer, vice president of Playa Del Racing, today announced a marketing partnership with Fair Finance for the #21 Videopoker.com Panoz/Honda/Firestone entry driven by Jaques Lazier, and the #12 Panoz/Honda/Firestone entry to be driven by Roger Yasukawa, to run the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2006. Lazier and Yasukawa will start 24th and 28th, respectively, in that event.

The 90th running of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series' Indy 500, the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," will mark the second consecutive year Lazier will drive under the Playa Del Racing banner. He finished 16th in the 2005 race due to another car running into him while racing solidly in the top 10 most of the day.

Jim Cochran, Chairman of Fair Finance, has enjoyed his affiliation with the Playa Del Racing IndyCar Team and is happy to be a part of their Indy 500 effort in 2006: "Both myself and Tim Durham, the CEO of Fair Finance, are so excited to be involved with the Playa Del Racing Team. We are glad to be able to assist in any way. This association with the team and their drivers has been beneficial to our company. We are so proud of that team in their efforts during the Indy 500 this year, and are excited for them and both of their qualified drivers. We are looking forward to seeing both Jaques and Roger head toward the front of the field in next Sunday's race, and look forward to celebrating with them."

"The marketing program at Fair Finance is innovative, and they have found great benefits in utilizing a motorsports-based approach to advance their products and services," Schafer said of their partnership. "We are excited to be a part of their marketing team and look forward to making sure their company is represented well here at the Indy 500."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Jon Herb , Buddy Lazier , Jaques Lazier  , Roger Yasukawa