Wednesday, August 12, 2009

AGR to field a fifth car

Andretti Green to field a fifth car for Franck Montagy. Below is the press release from Andretti Green Racing about their fifth car for Sonoma.

Andretti Green Racing announced today it will
team with Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. (AFS), to run Franck Montagny in a fifth entry later this month in the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway.

Montagny, who made seven starts for Andretti Green’s American Le Mans Series program
in 2008, will pilot the #25 AFS Dallara/Honda/Firestone alongside Andretti Green’s existing fourdriver lineup that includes Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan, Hideki Mutoh and Danica Patrick.
AFS is one of the nation’s largest multi-family automatic fire sprinkler contractors and is
familiar to Firestone Indy Lights fans through AFS Racing, which teamed with Andretti Green
Racing to win the 2008 series title. AFS/Andretti Green currently holds down the top two spots in the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights championship standings with drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Sebastian Saavedra.

During his stint with Andretti Green last year, Montagny teamed with a variety of co-drivers
and piloted the team’s LMP2-class Acura to an overall ALMS victory at Belle Isle and an additional LMP2 win at Laguna Seca. Montagny’s racing resume also features seven Formula 1 starts, all in 2006 with Super Aguri, and stints as a Formula 1 test driver and third driver.

The 31-year old Frenchman owns four top-five finishes in his last four starts in the 24 Hoursof Le Mans including a runner-up finish earlier this summer.


“I am certainly looking forward to my IndyCar debut in Sonoma with AFS and AndrettiGreen Racing. I was able to test one of the team’s Indy cars last year and very much enjoyeddriving it. Being able to test the track this week will be very helpful for me to learn the circuit andprepare for the race. We have a lot of work to do to get ready, but I believe we are up to thechallenge.”

GARY PETERSON, PRESIDENT, AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLERS, INC.:“This is an exciting announcement for AFS/Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. California is animportant market for our company and we believe Franck will give us a good shot at competing fora win.“In the midst of this economic downturn, it’s important for AFS/Automatic Fire Sprinklers,Inc., to keep our name out there to attract new customers and the Indy Racing League alsoprovides an excellent venue for entertaining current customers.“We’re proud of our Firestone Indy Lights program and this is a great opportunity to be aprimary sponsor in the IndyCar Series. It will be exciting to see our traditional red-and-yellow colorscheme out there competing with the best.”

MICHAEL ANDRETTI, CHAIRMAN, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:“We’re very excited to see this come together for Sonoma. This is a good opportunity forGary to showcase AFS at the IndyCar level and we think Franck will do a great job in the car thatweekend.”- AGR -Contact: Al

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