Andretti Autosport welcomes back sponsor

By Dave Lewandowski

27 May 2010

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Boost Mobile returns to the IZOD IndyCar Series as the primary sponsor of the Andretti Autosport car for Adam Carroll and an associate sponsor for the No. 7 car driven by Danica Patrick for the remainder of the season.

Andretti Autosport also announced that Virgin Mobile USA will be an associate sponsor on the No. 37 IZOD car for Andretti Autosport in the Indianapolis 500.

"As prepaid (wireless service) continues to move into the mainstream, extending our IZOD IndyCar Series presence through two additional partnerships -- Adam carroll with Boost Mobile and Ryan Hunter-Reay with Virgin Mobile -- will help us make an even stronger statement in the marketplace," Boost Mobile/Virgin Mobile vice president of marketing Bob Stohrer said.

Boost Mobile had been the co-primary sponsor of Patrick’s car in 2009, making its debut in the Indy 500.

“The return of Boost Mobile and the addition of its sister company under Sprint, Virgin Mobile, is a source of great pride for Andretti Autosport,” said Michael Andretti, chairman, president and CEO of Andretti Autosport. “Working with them again is like a reunion of old friends and we are grateful for their support. It’s so great to have a sponsor who activates. It’s what the series needs.”

Carroll, who led Team Ireland to the 2008-09 A1GP championship, will compete in his first IZOD IndyCar Series race July 3-5 at Watkins Glen International. He'll also race at Toronto and Mid-Ohio, with additional races based on sponsorship.

“We’re excited to have Adam on board,” Andretti said. “We’ve been watching him for quite some time and he’s a real talent.”

Hunter-Reay’s sponsorship runs through the Firestone 550k at Texas Motor Speedway on June 5. Andretti said the team continues to work on securing sponsorship for the remainder of the season, and “I feel good for Ryan for next year.”

"We are really trying hard and have a lot of good things happening."

Hunter-Reay, who starts in the middle of Row 6 for the Indy 500, is fourth in the championship standings with a victory at Long Beach in mid-April.

"This team and the marketing team is one of the best in the sport, and they're working non-stop," he said. "I believe in them, they believe in me and I just have to go do my job and I know they're doing theirs. It's a great deal when it works that way.

"I am stressing that we can't put everything together, because naturally being an open-wheel driver for the past seven years it's been an absolute struggle to keep the momentum going. But this is the best opportunity I've ever had, the best team I've ever been with and working with the best people I've ever been with."


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