Delphi Automotive System?s title sponsorship of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series event on Sept. 2, 2001 at Chicagoland Speedway was announced at a Wednesday morning press conference. The event will be titled the ?Delphi Indy 300.? On hand for the announcement were Bill Lafontaine, Delphi director of marketing and customer development, Joie Chitwood, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway and Scott Sharp, driver of the Delphi Automotive Systems car. The Delphi Indy 300 will be held at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. The new, state-of-the-art, 1.5-mile D-shaped tri-oval speedway will provide excellent sight lines of the entire track to 75,000 spectators, over 650 recreational vehicle spots in the infield and 32 corporate suites. ?We are proud and excited to take part in this venture with Delphi Automotive Systems,? commented Chitwood. Sharp, who will drive the Delphi Automotive Systems car in the Delphi Indy 300, added, ?The driver?s are really excited about running at Chicagoland Speedway. It is an incredibly smooth track. Because of its unique layout, we should have no problem going two or three wide in the corners at about 220 mph.? President and CEO of the Indy Racing League, Tony George added, "Delphi is clearly one of the leading forces in the development of automotive systems and we?re very pleased they are continuing to take such an active role in supporting the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, which provides millions of fans with some of the most exciting racing in the world." A staple in the racing industry, Delphi has sponsored other past events including the Delphi Indy 200 in Orlando, Fla., in January 2000. Delphi is the official electronics provider to the IRL and has been instrumental in enhancing driver safety. Some of Delphi?s racing products that have lent to a safer race event include Accident Data Recorders, Track Condition Radios and Radio Telemetry Modules. These instruments are essential in transmitting and recording race data.
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