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LotusWorks Joins Dempsey For Star Mazda Doubleheader at Portland INDIANAPOLIS, July 20 - Andersen Racing's Peter Dempsey, who is currently third in the point standings of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, is pleased to announce...

LotusWorks Joins Dempsey For Star Mazda Doubleheader at Portland

INDIANAPOLIS, July 20 - Andersen Racing's Peter Dempsey, who is currently third in the point standings of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, is pleased to announce that LotusWorks will join his group of marketing partners for the series' doubleheader at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway next weekend, July 26-27.

LotusWorks is a global provider of technical, construction and management services. Its customers include a range of process manufacturing industries, commercial and industrial construction companies, electric utilities, power project developers, financial institutions and installation contractors around the world. It is comprised of three subsidiaries: Lotus Construction Management (LotusCM), Lotus Construction Services (Lotus CS) and Lotus Technical Services (LotusTS).

"LotusWorks is happy and excited to support Peter Dempsey in the Star Mazda Championship," said Steve Ostrowski, president of LotusCM, the construction management division of LotusWorks, and president of LotusGroup's North American operations. "We view this as an excellent opportunity to get involved with a young and talented Irish driver. It is also a great way to thank all our customers for being part of LotusWorks. We would like to wish Peter the best of luck."

"It's great that LotusWorks has agreed to support me for the Portland event," said Dempsey, 22, of Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland. "It's exciting to have an Irish-American company on board. Hopefully I can impress them and give everyone an enjoyable weekend.

"LotusWorks is hosting about 40 people at the races over the weekend, so it will be down to me to supply the entertainment," Dempsey added. "Hopefully I can get good results for them and Andersen Racing, and move up even higher in the point standings."

LotusWorks was founded by Fergal Broder, its chief executive officer, in 1989 in Sligo, Ireland. It opened its first office in the United States in 2000, and it now has a strong presence in America as well as Europe. Its regional offices are located in Sligo, Ireland; London; Rochdale, Mass.; Westborough, Mass.; Vancouver, Wash.; Port Alberni, B.C., Canada and Shanghai, China.

The Portland doubleheader marks the fourth and fifth races in the 12-race 2008 Star Mazda Championship. Dempsey has one third-place finish and two fourth-place finishes so far this year.

The Star Mazda series is the featured series for the weekend, which is billed as the 2008 Mazda Grand Prix of Portland presented by Herzog-Meier. It is part of the inaugural Northwest Speed Week.

Dempsey, a rookie in the series, will take to the 1.9-mile road course for the first time on Thursday for testing. Two practice sessions are on the docket on Friday at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Qualifying for Saturday's race is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., with that day's 45-minute race starting at 2 p.m. On Sunday qualifying will be held at 10 a.m., with the second 45-minute race getting off to a standing start at 2 p.m. All times are local.

Both races will be shown on SPEED from noon to 2 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Ireland's Center Jewellers.ie, Quayside.ie, and Trojan Complete IT Solutions are supporting Dempsey's initial foray onto the American racing scene this year in addition to LotusWorks. His Palmetto, Fla.-based team, the official development team of IndyCar's Rahal Letterman Racing, is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp.

More information is available at lotusautomation.com, peterdempsey.com, andersenracingteam.com, starmazda.com and portlandraceway.com.

-credit: pd/restart communications

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