NA-F2000: IRL: IRL Sponsors F2000 Oval Crown

INDY RACING LEAGUE TO SPONSOR U.S. F2000 OVAL CROWN SERIES INDIANAPOLIS, March 27, 1999 -- The Pep Boys Indy Racing League will become the title sponsor of the U.S. F2000 racing series' Oval Crown for the 1999 season, Indy Racing officials ...

INDY RACING LEAGUE TO SPONSOR U.S. F2000 OVAL CROWN SERIES

INDIANAPOLIS, March 27, 1999 -- The Pep Boys Indy Racing League will become the title sponsor of the U.S. F2000 racing series' Oval Crown for the 1999 season, Indy Racing officials announced March 27.

In addition to financially supporting what will be known as the "Road To Indy" Oval Crown, Pep Boys Indy Racing League officials and teams will work with officials and teams of the U.S. F2000 racing series to help the open-wheel series in its growth.

"We see the U.S. F2000 series as one of many training grounds for future Indy Racing competitors," said Leo Mehl, executive director of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League. "The U.S. F2000 series races as a support event for us several times during the season, so it makes perfect sense for us to work together."

The Road To Indy Oval Crown is a separate championship within the U.S. F2000 series, which has a 14-event schedule in 1999. Five of the events take place on oval tracks as support races to Pep Boys Indy Racing League events, and those five events will determine the Road To Indy Oval Crown Champion.

The events are March 28 at Phoenix International Raceway; April 30 and May 1 (two races) at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.; July 17 at Atlanta Motor Speedway; and Aug. 29 at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs, Colo.

U.S. F2000 race cars are single-seat, winged, open-wheel vehicles capable of speeds of 150 mph. Graduates of the series include current Indy Racing drivers Greg Ray, Jim Guthrie, Steve Knapp and Sam Schmidt. Races are co-sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and USAC.

"We're pleased to have the continued support and confidence from the Indy Racing League, and delighted with our new role in the Road To Indy Oval Crown program," said U.S. F2000 series co-owner Mike Foschi. "We're proud that the series has helped develop the oval-racing skills of some of the top Indy Racing drivers."

Mehl indicated that the Pep Boys Indy Racing League will have more announcements in the near future about involvement with other open-wheel racing series.

"Indy Racing is about open-wheel, oval-track racing," he said. "We want to do all that we can to ensure the health of short-track, open-wheel racing in America for many years to come."

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Series IndyCar , Other open wheel
Drivers Greg Ray , Jim Guthrie , Sam Schmidt , Steve Knapp