IRL: Pikes Peak sponsor announced

Honda to sponsor IndyCar Series event at Pikes Peak IRL engine manufacturer commits to Honda Indy 225 through 2005 FOUNTAIN, Colo., Tuesday, May 13, 2003 -- Honda will sponsor the IRL IndyCarTM Series race at Pikes Peak International Raceway ...

Honda to sponsor IndyCar Series event at Pikes Peak
IRL engine manufacturer commits to Honda Indy 225 through 2005

FOUNTAIN, Colo., Tuesday, May 13, 2003 -- Honda will sponsor the IRL IndyCarTM Series race at Pikes Peak International Raceway through 2005, PPIR and Honda officials announced May 13.

The event will be known as the Honda Indy 225. This year's race takes place on Sunday, June 15.

"This is an incredible day for PPIR and motorsports in the Rocky Mountain region," PPIR President Rob Johnson said. "Honda made a major commitment to the IndyCar Series this year by supplying engines to five different teams, including Andretti Green Racing and Team Rahal.

"Honda has shown this same commitment to PPIR by signing a three-year deal that not only titles the event the Honda Indy 225 but provides us with endless marketing and promotional opportunities that we will be announcing in the very near future."

Honda's first IndyCar Series victory came at Phoenix this year when Andretti Green driver Tony Kanaan took the checkered flag. Prior to entering the IndyCar Series, Honda took part in CART from 1994-2002.

"With our participation in the 2003 IndyCar Series, Honda has embarked on an exciting new chapter in its racing history," said Susie Rossick, manager, corporate advertising, American Honda. "We have already enjoyed significant success on the racetrack, and we are pleased to take our commitment to the IndyCar Series to an entirely new level with our sponsorship of the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway."

Honda's racing subsidiary, Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD) of Santa Clarita, Calif., leads the company's effort in the IndyCar Series, in partnership with Ilmor Engineering Inc., of Plymouth, Mich. HPD and Ilmor work together as technical partners to design, develop and produce engines for the 2003 season. HPD and Ilmor also provide trackside support and engine rebuilding services to teams using the newly developed Honda HI3R Indy V-8 engine.

PPIR season tickets can be purchased by calling (888) 306-7223 or at the track's administrative office from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (MDT) Monday through Friday Single-event tickets can be purchased at www.ppir.com, any front range King Soopers, Western Slope City Markets or by calling (888) 306-7223. Individuals with a valid military ID are entitled to 50 percent off any single adult race day ticket.

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