MI-JACK TO SPONSOR PPG-DAYTON INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP RACE IN CHICAGO DETROIT (July 20) - Mi-Jack Products, Inc., a suburban Chicago based manufacturing company and long time supporter of open-wheel racing, will be the title sponsor of the ...
MI-JACK TO SPONSOR PPG-DAYTON INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP RACE IN CHICAGO
DETROIT (July 20) - Mi-Jack Products, Inc., a suburban Chicago based manufacturing company and long time supporter of open-wheel racing, will be the title sponsor of the inaugural PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship race at the Chicago Motor Speedway. The Mi-Jack 100 of Chicago will be part of the inaugural Target Grand Prix at the new facility on Sunday, August 22.
As CART's "Official Development Series," the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship was a final proving ground for several of the top drivers in the FedEx Championship Series. The list includes Paul Tracy (1990 Indy Lights champion), Bryan Herta (1993 Indy Lights champion), Greg Moore (1995 Indy Lights champion), Tony Kanaan (1997 Indy Lights champion), Cristiano da Matta (1998 Indy Lights champion) and more.
"Mi-Jack has been involved in motorsports for some years now and our sponsorship of this talented pool of young drivers at this first class facility is an exciting new aspect of our race marketing program," said Mi-Jack President Mike Lanigan. This is the first Indy Lights race in Chicago and we wanted to play a bigger role, this being our hometown."
Mi-Jack Products, Inc., is based in suburban Hazel Crest, Illinois, 20 miles south of downtown Chicago. Mi-Jack provides a wide variety of products and services for the transportation and industrial manufacturing industries such as railroad and port equipment, mobile gantry cranes, electronic cargo security and tracking products, specialized software, railroad yard operations and thermal protection products for shipping.
"The Chicago Motor Speedway is proud to have Mi-Jack, a Chicago-based company, sponsor the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship race that comes to Chicago," said Chicago Motor Speedway Vice President or Marketing and Broadcasting Conrad "Connie" Kowal. "Their title sponsorship of the Indy Lights race is a key part of our Target Grand Prix weekend and the CART package of our inaugural season."
Although The Mi-Jack 100 of Chicago marks the company's first entry into CART event sponsorship, the Mi-Jack name has appeared on several Champ Car and Indy Lights machines over the years. Mi-Jack is currently an associate sponsor of Conquest Racing, one of the teams that will be participating in The Mi-Jack 100 of Chicago. Conquest's two car entry includes Brazilian Felipe Giaffone, who drives the Hollywood/Comet Lola, and American Chris Menninga, who drives the Cambridge Health/Mi-Jack Lola.
"Mi-Jack already has a great team-sponsorship program in Indy Lights and The Mi-Jack 100 of Chicago will add some diversity to the program," said Indy Lights President Roger Bailey. "We are very appreciative of the ongoing support Mi-Jack has given the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship over the years."
The Mi-Jack 100 of Chicago will be Round 10 of the 12-race PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship. Round 8 of the series is the Detroit News 100 at Michigan Speedway this Saturday and can be seen the next day, Sunday, July 25, in a one-hour show on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).
The Chicago Motor Speedway is a one-mile oval located in the western Chicago suburb of Cicero, Illinois. Tickets are available by calling the Chicago Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (773) 242-2277 or Ticketmaster in the Chicago area at (313) 559-1212.