IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2005-01-12

Indy Racing League News and Notes - 1/12/05 Today's IRL headlines 1. Menards, Johns Manville To Sponsor Meira In 2005 2. ArcaEx Returns to Andretti Green in 2005 3. IndyCar Series Car On Display 1. Menards, Johns Manville To Sponsor Meira In...

Indy Racing League News and Notes - 1/12/05

Today's IRL headlines
1. Menards, Johns Manville To Sponsor Meira In 2005
2. ArcaEx Returns to Andretti Green in 2005
3. IndyCar Series Car On Display

1. Menards, Johns Manville To Sponsor Meira In 2005: Menards Home Improvement Center and Johns Manville will sponsor the No. 17 Honda-powered Panoz driven by Vitor Meira during the 2005 IRL IndyCar® Series season officials with Rahal Letterman Racing announced on Jan. 12.

"I am very pleased that we were able to join with John Menard, who has been a longtime supporter of open-wheel racing, and an industry leader like Johns Manville for our 2005 IRL IndyCar Series effort," said team co-owner Bobby Rahal. "Over the years, John has repeatedly demonstrated his passion for open-wheel racing, and his support and dedication to the IndyCar Series since its inception is well documented."

The partnership also reunites Menards with Meira, who drove several events with Team Menard in 2002 and 2003.

"Bobby Rahal's commitment to success is also a core value of Menards. We both share the same principles in racing and in our business," said Menard. "The opportunity to partner with Rahal Letterman, Johns Manville and my friend Vitor Meira creates a program that will have success on the track and at Menards."

Meira, who joined Rahal Letterman Racing in April 2004, finished eighth in the IndyCar Series standings last season. He was named the IRL Rising Star Award winner after capturing the pole position at Milwaukee and finishing second twice.

"The opportunity to drive for Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and John Menard would be a thrill for any driver," he said. "For me, it represents the people who have given me the opportunity to compete in the IndyCar Series over the last few years. Last season, we were able to make great strides at Rahal Letterman, and we finished in the top 10 of the championship. This year, with a full off-season of testing and strong support from the team and our sponsors at Menards and Johns Manville, we have an opportunity to run for the championship, and that is exactly what we are preparing to do."

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2. ArcaEx Returns to Andretti Green in 2005: Andretti Green Racing has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Archipelago Exchange (ArcaEx) to continue its role as a major sponsor on the No. 27 Honda-powered Dallara for the upcoming season. ArcaEx has backed Dario Franchitti's No. 27 entry in each of the past two seasons. During that time, the team has enjoyed three wins and 12 top-five finishes on the way to sixth-place in both the final 2003 and 2004 standings.

"It's exciting to announce that ArcaEx is returning to AGR in 2005 as a major sponsor," said Kevin Savoree, who owns the team along with partners Michael Andretti and Kim Green. "The combination of ArcaEx, Dario and AGR resulted in two victories last season, and we're looking for even better things to come in 2005."

"We're excited about the upcoming season," said Jerry Putnam, CEO of ArcaEx. "IndyCar racing and ArcaEx share the innovation and unending focus on speed required to be competitive in racing and in trading. Sponsoring AGR is a great way for us to get our message across to traders, issuers and investors."

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3. IndyCar Series Car On Display: A Delphi IndyCar Series car will be on display Jan. 14-16 in the Watkins Glen International Speedway booth at the "Motorsports 2005 Show" in the Fort Washington Expo Center in Ft. Washington, Pa.

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The IRL IndyCar Series opens its 10th season of competition with the Toyota Indy 300 at 2 p.m. (EST) on March 6, 2005 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network. The 2005 Menards Infiniti Pro Series season also opens on March 6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 4 p.m. (EST) on March 17.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bobby Rahal , Kim Green , Vitor Meira