IRL: Jeff Ward to have new paint at Gateway

Jeff Ward to carry new paint scheme in St. Louis. No. 9 G Force to carry Energizer colors. INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Target Chip Ganassi Racing will feature a new paint scheme for the Indy Racing League's Gateway Indy 250 in Madison, Ill. on August...

Jeff Ward to carry new paint scheme in St. Louis. No. 9 G Force to carry Energizer colors.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Target Chip Ganassi Racing will feature a new paint scheme for the Indy Racing League's Gateway Indy 250 in Madison, Ill. on August 25. St. Louis-based Energizer will be the featured artwork on the No. 9 Energizer G Force/Chevrolet driven by Jeff Ward. The black and silver trim paint scheme will feature the famous Energizer Bunny® on the engine cover. Ward, a veteran driver in the IRL, captured his first career victory last month at Texas Motor Speedway.

Jeff Ziminski, Director of Marketing for Energizer, is excited to have the opportunity to showcase Energizer's colors next weekend.

"Energizer has been a long time sponsor of racing. We are proud to call St. Louis home. What better way to show our support than to feature an Energizer car in our hometown race - the Gateway Indy 250," Ziminski said. "We are confident that the Energizer Bunny will give Jeff Ward and the entire Target Chip Ganassi Racing team the extra power and perseverance to keep going and going and going. . . right to victory lane."

Ward is a six-year veteran of the Indy Racing League. He captured his first career victory last month at Texas Motor Speedway in the Boomtown 500. The .011-second margin of victory was the closest finish in the history of the Indy Racing League. Ward also captured 7 AMA motocross championships and 54 national motocross victories. The 41-year old from San Juan Capistrano, CA is proud to carry the colors of Energizer.

"It's great to have a company like Energizer on board for the St. Louis race," Ward said. "They've been a partner of the team for 4 years now, and I'm proud to carry their colors to show our appreciation. Hopefully, we can all celebrate in victory circle to thank them even more. It's going to be neat to have the Energizer Bunny riding shotgun with me."

Target Chip Ganassi Racing is the only team to field cars in all three major U.S.-based racing series, NASCAR, CART and the Indy Racing League. Over the last 7 years, the team has won 4 consecutive CART championships from 1996 to 1999 and won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000 with driver Juan Montoya. So far this year, the team has captured two victories and two pole positions.

The Energizer paint scheme will also appear on the No. 41 Target Dodge driven by Jimmy Spencer in the Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway on September 29. Spencer has competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series since 1989. He has 30 top-five and 83 top-10 finishes to date, including wins at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

Energizer is one of the world's largest manufacturer of dry cell batteries and flashlights. The company's 10,000 employees produce 6 billion battery cells annually, powering people's lives throughout the world. Energizer has been a valued partner of Target Chip Ganassi Racing for over 4 years.

-cgr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Jeff Ward , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing