IRL inks moving, scooter sponsor

June 11, 2009
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scooterThe Indy Racing League and Firestone Indy Lights recently finalized two new sponsors for the 2009 season—and beyond. DB Schenker is the official freight logistics sponsor of the IRL, and KYMCO USA is the official scooter and off-road utility vehicle of the IRL and Firestone Indy Lights.

DB Schenker is a worldwide logistics company with operations in approximately 2,000 locations and 130 countries. The IRL will coordinate logistics via DB Schenker’s American operation based in Freeport, N.Y., and the company’s Sports Event Group.

Overall, the company will arrange transportation logistics for the series’ four Honda Accord safety cars at events across the United States and Canada in a specially designed and branded transporter.

The safety cars include the car driven by three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford that paces all IRL series events. The other safety cars are used for VIP and special guest hot laps at all events as well as being on display in the IRL paddock.

In addition to coordinating logistics for the league's safety car program, DB Schenker will assist in logistics for the series annual visit to Japan and other potential international venues in the future.

Terry Angstadt, president of IRL’s commercial division, told IBJ in March, the deal with DB Schenker was imminent. Apparently, it took a while to consummate.

KYMCO USA, which specializes in fuel-efficient scooters, motorcycles and ATVs, has teamed up with the IRL and Firestone Indy Lights in a multi-year partnership. Throughout 2009, IRL personnel will use KYMCO Super 8 150cc scooters and UXV 500 4x4 utility vehicles at race venues as well as at its headquarters in Indianapolis.
  • Guess we better hold on to that fork for awhile. Someone believes.
  • So they get a discount on freight and a few crappy no-name scooters for the paddock? :lol: Doesn't Honda make scooters?

    the IRL: cheap commie scooters is progress.
  • That this is NEWS for the IRL speaks volumes about the overall general lameness of the series.

    Only a Gomerton over at QuackForum will get a crotch tent over this.
  • Or a Quack Count that thinks he's a racing team owner.
  • F1 and NASCAR announce every little sponsorship's called promoting your sponsor...
  • Please point me to a F1 sponsorship on a pit bike in-kind. :lol:

    BTW - Does bombardier get to keep their logo on the IMS Pagoda since Tony defaulted on his LearJet?
  • Berwick,

    I am a team owner. I do this stuff for yucks. No go back to your man rental.
  • Didn't take long for the TG/IRL haters to come out in force to try to prove how sponsorships are somehow bad. DB/Shenker is the European equivalent of Fed Ex and Union Pacific combined. DB is the State owned rail service in Germany which is a powerhouse of rail. Shenker is the freight shipping arm which is on par with any of our major services....actually more like several of them combined. Definitely a nice company to be sponsored by. And if you think getting free shipping for overseas races is not huge, ask cart how much it cost them when Fed Ex pulled out. With potential races in China and Brazil, it becomes even larger.

    Not sure about the scooter company, but anything fuel efficient is huge. Be interesting to learn more about them. Again, sponsorships good, moaning because the series you hate announces good news bad.
  • Indyman says DB/Shenker is the European equivalent of Fed Ex and Union Pacific. Pardon me for noticing that the American versions of Fed Ex and Union Pacific (which just happen to be the REAL Fed Ex and Union Pacific) want nothing to do with the IRL. BTW, if it you want me to believe that good for the series and promoting the sponsors pap, then how come this story is on The Score's front page but not's front page? What this seems like right now is the latest in a long line of sponsorships that the IRL will goof up due to lack of common sense marketing.
  • Count:

    If, and I say if, you are a team owner, I pity the fools that work for you with your flip floping and your pithy attitude. A real team owner would be accomodating by and large and wouldn't have time for such foolishness.
  • Buck had you read the story, the DB/Shenker deal has already been announced several months ago and it was on their site. I am sure Anthony is responding to a press release from the IRL announcing the deal has been finalized.

    Well since UP and Fed Ex are well known in the US, maybe they do not see a need to sponsor an Indycar. Since DB/Shenker is increasing its operations in the US and since the IRL appears to be launching a couple more international races, they feel it is a good deal for them to get involved with the IRL.

    It is interesting that TG/IRL haters will try to make gaining sponsors a bad thing. Of course these are the same folk that feel cart was the best thing since sliced bread, but then cannot explain how losing one race caused multiple downfalls of the series.
  • THis is grate news. I aint never herd of neither of them but thats what this is a bout. TAKing the unknown and makin them known. THe IRL is so ahsome that soon ever one will know bout them, JUSt like APex BRazil.

  • Berwick,

    I am a team owner. I have gone to the forums for mucho fun, most of what I type is parody and the REALLY intelligent folks in the sport get the irony and the fun. I have two or three hours a day for this hobby on my best day, an hour or so when we are jumping. Don't suggest I don't have time. We all do and anyone who tells you contrary is bullcrapping.

    Next up: I have bene around the Indy Car sport since the early 1980's and an active team owner or varaint since 1996. During that time I have lost only four employees, none to being unhappy here. They simply moved on. I retain 14 originals in various capacities, the others come and go with the highs and lows of the profession. I have yet to have a negative realtionship with any of our people.

    Fact is fact. The rest of the Count is for fun and I do throw in some genuine gems for the fans now and then all hidden in there to see who has what.

    Enjoy or move on, your choice.
  • count tracula: Hi Bob! :lol:
  • Da Hooey:

    If you're right, then you would think a respectable business man like Mr. Bob would not want to throw as many people under the bus as he has. Some of the names I've seen him use certainly don't indicate any professional decorum and often border on defamation. He say's that really intelligent people will understand his irony.

    On the contrary, I would expect hims to show the decorum due to people like the Andretti's, Patrick's, etc, whether he likes them or not. If he is the example of a team owner, them I am disillusioned. Perhaps he belongs in TONYland and can let the sisty uglers have their way with him and momma can throw him off the train with TONY.
  • When D.B. Schenker bailed out of his plane over Alabama and let it crash in Florida I figgered he was a bit tetched in the haid. Glad to see he landed on his feet and is the official logistics guy for IMS. What a perfect match. Gene Simmons goes from learning three guitar chords and getting painted up like Tammy Bakker and now he is the official spokesperson for the Greatest Specktacle in Racing. This is what makes America great. I can't wait until the next 500 where D.B. Schenker will drive the pace car. Of course he will bail out on the backstretch. At least Eldon Palmer made it all the way around the track.
  • berwick.

    what is up with your fascination with the word decorum? this is racing, pal. leave that crap at the door.
  • Tem,

    Probably would have been more entertaining had you combined D.B. Cooper and Markus Shrenker like others had done weeks ago in other threads. Oh well, no points for originality.
  • Da Hooey,

    Sorry if I confused you. How about respect? That's all. Seems like a so called team owner would want to show respect for a fellow team owner and their drivers whether they like or respect them or not. I don't think that's too much to expect. I can see the point of throwing TG under the bus at this point, but I don't want to chastise all of the current IRL participants because they're trying to make a living doing what they like to do even if it is not up to standard. Hey, even you did say this is racing afterall!

    I certainly don't want to dis Scott Dixon, for example, because he's competing in the IRL. He's making a damn good living and he's good at it. Many don't like the product and that's fine, but calling them all a bunch of loosers hardly seems fitting for a so-called team owner. And, he probably doesn't know what the word decorum means anyway.
  • Racing relies on hate to lubricate the fan interest.
  • I didn't see that one coming. At the same time, you can say that to an extent about all sports. Some, perhaps more than others. World wide soccer matches, for example - not much of a sport, but lots of hate and violence

    The other side of the hate coin - true respect often times between people that act like they hate each other.
  • Scott Dixon is a one-trick, downforce pony. In a Formula 5000 car he, Helio, BriscoeBitch, and Lady Dario would all be on the Memorial list.
  • Oh, great, now the so-called, pretend, hate mongering team owner, Count Crackula runs down the cream of the crop in the IRL. Other than Bourdais, these guys were the cream of the crop in ChampCar before they moved (other than Briscoe whos a newby). So all you can do is name call and degrade the competetion.

    And as a team owner, you would choose whom? Milka? Conway, or your buddy Stanton Barrett?
  • BerwickGirl,

    I would choose whom I have at the moment. Now hustle and go try to figure it out. But finish your mac and cheese and drink all your juice first k? It's lunch time and mommy worked hard in the kitchen for you. Plus, she put away your toys this morning and is so nice she even took your 37 Izod IRL shirt out of the hamper to wear it on your first day of camp.

    Now close down your daddy's lap top and take your nap. You need it.

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