Richmond Int'l Raceway names event sponsor

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ADDS RACE ENTITLEMENT TO USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 26 Richmond, VA (May 19, 2009)--Adding to an already stellar lineup of race entitlements during the open-wheel weekend at Richmond ...

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ADDS RACE ENTITLEMENT TO USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 26

Richmond, VA (May 19, 2009)--Adding to an already stellar lineup of race entitlements during the open-wheel weekend at Richmond International Raceway, track president Doug Fritz announced today that the USAC National Sprint Car Series race on Friday, June 26 will be named the USAC Sprint Car Series Rotondo Weirich (ruh-TUN-doh WY-rick) Showdown.

The open-wheel weekend--June 26-27--will also feature the SunTrust Indy Challenge IndyCar Series race and the James River Grounds 100 USAC Silver Crown Series race on Saturday, June 27, as well as Friday's NBC12 Pole Qualifying for the IndyCar Series.

"Rotondo Weirich is excited to be a part of the events during the open-wheel weekend at Richmond International Raceway," said Rotondo Weirich president Steve Weirich. "We are pleased to be working with the Richmond International Raceway team this year. Rotondo Weirich and RW Motorsports welcome our clients and friends to Richmond International Raceway and look forward to an action-packed (and winning!) race weekend for both the USAC National Sprint Car Series and Silver Crown lineup."

"We are happy to welcome Rotondo Weirich to our great list of race entitlements during our open-wheel weekend at Richmond International Raceway," said track president Doug Fritz. "We are excited to have them on board for our thrilling summer IndyCar/USAC Series event weekend."

Rotondo Weirich is a specialty contractor that produces high quality, pre-finished, concrete housing modules. Over the past decade, RW has melded the qualities of a plant-based precast operation with that of an on-site contractor to become the only company that mobilizes the entire production and finishing processes to the project site.

The company is familiar with USAC racing, as Steve Weirich and Mario Rotondo formed RW Motorsports in 1999. In 2003, the team earned a USAC Silver Crown Series win with driver Rich Tobias. In 2007, with a two-driver lineup, RW Motorsports earned a win and two second-place finishes with Mat Neely and Jerry Coons Jr. as pilots.

The following season, RW Motorsports became the first USAC Silver Crown Series team to be powered by Toyota. Coons Jr. captured the series championship. This season, the RW Motorsports lineup includes Coons Jr. and Shane Hmiel in the Silver Crown Series, as well as Dave Darland in the USAC National Sprint Car Series.

Tickets are on sale now for the open-wheel weekend at Richmond International Raceway. On Saturday, June 27, the SunTrust Indy Challenge IndyCar Series race will feature the same drivers who compete at the Indianapolis 500. Danica Patrick, Helio Castroneves, Dario Franchitti, Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal and the rest of the open-wheel drivers will race "under the lights" on the shortest track the series visits. Saturday's ticket also includes a seat for the James River Grounds 100 USAC Silver Crown Series race. Tickets are $35 (reserved) and $30 (general admission). Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. Friday's ticket includes the USAC Sprint Car Series Rotondo Weirich Showdown, NBC12 Pole Qualifying for the IndyCar Series and an autograph session with the IndyCar Series drivers. All seats are general admission and are $15. For tickets and information, please log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-RACE (7223). And if you're looking to upgrade to fan hospitality and a garage pass, ask about the Indy Paddock Zone package!

About Richmond International Raceway:
Richmond International Raceway, known as America's Premier Short Track, offers great night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events, two NASCAR Doubleheader weekends featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series and an open-wheel racing weekend featuring the IndyCar Series, under the lights on a ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout traditionally produces exciting side-by-side racing, yet drivers reach high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what "Racing Perfection" truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com online.

-credit: rir

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Series USAC
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Graham Rahal , Shane Hmiel , Dave Darland , Marco Andretti , Danica Patrick , Jerry Coons Jr.