DAVEY HAMILTON AND HP TO JOIN VISION RACING FOR INDIANAPOLIS 500 HAMILTON TO DRIVE NO. 02 VISION RACING MACHINE AND DEBUT NEW TEAM SPONSOR HP FOR GREATEST SPECTACLE IN RACING INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 5, 2007) -- Davey Hamilton will make...
DAVEY HAMILTON AND HP TO JOIN VISION RACING FOR INDIANAPOLIS 500
HAMILTON TO DRIVE NO. 02 VISION RACING MACHINE AND DEBUT NEW TEAM SPONSOR HP FOR GREATEST SPECTACLE IN RACING
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 5, 2007) -- Davey Hamilton will make his return to the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 2001, giving Vision Racing a four-car effort for the 91st running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The new addition also brings new team sponsor HP, and positions the team well, both technologically and competitively, for the month of May.
Team co-owner Tony George said, "Vision Racing is proud to be able to provide Davey with the opportunity to return to the cockpit in the IndyCar Series. The decision to return to competition is a very big commitment for Davey and I want to do everything possible to ensure that he has the best experience possible. He is an accomplished racer and knows his way around Indianapolis. Our program and the support of such a strong company like HP are catalysts for doing that."
HP will be using the Vision Racing marketing platform and the Indianapolis 500 to promote the company's award-winning "The Computer is Personal Again" global ad campaign. As the world's largest manufacturer of personal computers, HP is a natural fit with Vision Racing at the Indianapolis 500, which is the world's largest spectator event.
HP PCs assist team engineers during the month of May and the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 with everything from analyzing data, monitoring sensors, developing strategy, projecting race conditions and set-ups as well as the transformation of analytical information into solutions for real-life racing applications.
The new No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone will feature HP's "The Computer is Personal Again" brand look and feel for the 500-mile race. Part of that new look will boast a familiar face behind the wheel as Hamilton makes his return to the cockpit of an IndyCar since an accident at Texas Motor Speedway in 2001 sidelined his driving career. Some 28 surgeries and six years later, Hamilton is getting another chance at his passion: racing at Indianapolis.
The savvy veteran has a resume featuring 48 IndyCar Series starts, 13 top fives, 22 top tens and 76 laps led. In addition, Hamilton has twice been the runner-up in the IndyCar Series driver point championship. In 1997 he followed Tony Stewart by only seven points and in 1998 he finished just behind Kenny Brack.
At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hamilton has a career-best start of eighth, both in 1997 and 1998 and a best-finish of fourth coming in 1998. He's made a total of six starts in the Indianapolis 500.
Hamilton said, "I'm just extremely thrilled right now to be back in the series, to be with Vision Racing and with HP. This is a dream come true for me. When I first visited the Vision shop I was blown away with the quality of the cars and the level of preparation. The HP Indy car prepared by Vision may be the best race car I have ever driven. Having HP on the side of such a good ride is going to make this a great month."