CNC Machine Tool Builder Okuma and Chip Ganassi Racing Renew Sponsorship
Story posted - Jan 30 2013 6:36 PM
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 30, 2013) - Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. today announced a multi-year renewal of its agreement with CNC and machining technology leader Okuma America Corporation to continue as an associate sponsor of the No.9 and No.10 Indy cars driven by Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti in the IZOD IndyCar Series, and the No.01 Daytona Prototype driven by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
As part of the renewal, the Indianapolis-based race teams will continue to utilize Okuma CNC and machining technology to construct the parts and equipment that have contributed to 15 championships and more than 125 race wins across Indy car and sports car racing.
Notes of Interest:
About Okuma: Okuma America Corporation is the US-based affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in the development of computer numeric controls (CNC) and machining technology, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. Okuma is known for its technology leadership and world-class manufacturing, product quality and dedication to customer service. Okuma strives to be the machine tool solution provider to manufacturers worldwide.
Dario Picks up Where He Left Off: Four-time IZOD IndyCar Series Champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Franchitti returns to the team for a fifth season in 2013. Since joining the team in 2009, Franchitti delivered three consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series titles in four years, including two wins at the Indianapolis 500. He is one of only five drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 and the series title in the same season more than once. Franchitti is currently seventh on the all-time wins list (1909-2012) with 31 victories. By winning the 2012 Indianapolis 500, he became the 10th driver in history to win the race three times. The Scotland native has 247 starts under his belt in Indy car racing resulting in 31 wins, 30 poles, 112 top-five and 155 top-10 finishes (1997-2012). He is the winningest driver in U.S. open-wheel history from Great Britain.
Dixon in Championship Form: The two-time IZOD IndyCar Series Champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner returns in 2013 after scoring two wins on his way to a third-place finish in the overall standings in 2012. 2013 marks Dixon's 12th year with the team - the longest tenure for a driver in team history (1990-Present). With his victory at Mid-Ohio last season, Dixon tied Rick Mears for 10th place on the all-time Indy Car wins list (1909-Present) with 29 victories. The New Zealand native has 201 starts in Indy car racing producing 29 wins, 18 poles, 98 top-five and 140 top-10 finishes (2001-Present).
Daytona Prototype Duo on Point: Fresh off the team's fifth win in the Rolex 24 At Daytona last weekend, and after locking up a record fifth GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Drivers' Championship in 2012, veteran road racer Pruett will sit behind the wheel of the No.01 TELMEX Dinan-Prepared BMW Riley in his 10th season of Rolex Sports Car Series racing in 2013 alongside teammate Memo Rojas. The two continue their run in the Daytona Prototype class together as the most successful driving duo in series history.
Jim King, president and COO, Okuma America Corporation: "Okuma produces high precision, premium CNC machine tools used in a variety of industries. It's only natural that we partner with a winning team like Chip Ganassi Racing. Their desire to improve performance by leveraging top-quality personnel and equipment parallels our business philosophy and we hope to help them to continue to win races and championships."
Steve Lauletta, president, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.: "We are very happy to continue this relationship with Okuma in our INDYCAR and GRAND-AM Series programs. I think it says a lot about our team when companies like Okuma continue to see value in sponsoring our race programs to help grow their business."