Penske Back At Indy As A Sponsor

INDIANAPOLIS -- Roger Penske is ending his four-year boycott of the Indianapolis 500.

Penske's United Auto Group Inc. has signed on to sponsor Treadway Racing's entry for Jason Leffler, who will attempt to make his first Indianapolis 500.

Fred Treadway, president of Treadway Racing, and Penske, chairman and chief executive officer of United Auto Group, announced the sponsorship deal.

Leffler, 24, will drive the United Auto Group Special G-Force/Oldsmobile Aurora. He has made two starts for Treadway in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, in 1999 at Walt Disney World and this season at the Las Vegas 300. Leffler, of Long Beach, Calif., is running a full-time NASCAR Busch Series schedule for team owner Joe Gibbs.

"This is good for my ego to have someone like him (Penske) help me," Leffler said from Richmond, Va., where he was a provisional starter for Friday night's Busch Hardee's 250 at Richmond International Raceway. "I think Fred would have done (the Indy program) anyway, but this allows him all the funding to get the best equipment.

"So, it's good for me, it's good for Fred, and it's good for the team. It pumps everyone up."

Treadway won the 1997 Indianapolis 500 with Arie Luyendyk behind the wheel.

"It is an honor to represent United Auto Group and Roger Penske in this year’s 500," Treadway said. "I believe we can give UAG a terrific start, and Jason Leffler certainly has the skill and perseverance to take the UAG Indy car the distance."

Indianapolis 500 time trials are scheduled for May 20 and 21. The 84th running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 28.

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