Panther Gets Sponsorship Boost

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Panther Racing announced Friday an associate sponsorship agreement with Revive U.S.A., a Dallas-based food, nutrition and beverage company, for the remainder of the 2006 IndyCar Series season.

"As our newest partner, Revive U.S.A. has given Panther Racing the boost we need for a run at the 2006 IndyCar Series championship," team co-owner John Barnes said. "Revive’s personnel and scientists have a history of helping professional athletes perform better in everything from the Olympics and NASCAR to the NFL, MLB and NBA, and now they can surely add Panther Racing to that list. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship."

Revive, which was founded in the spring of this year, will be making products available after September 1st. Initially, they will have a sales force in markets in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri and Louisiana.

The company’s nutritional products are created by two scientists that have combined for more than 70 years of experience making products that are healthy, taste good and help people feel better and have more energy on a daily basis.

"Revive has similar beliefs as Panther Racing. Their team is more than just a world class championship caliber Indy Racing League team," Revive President and CEO Bruce Badgett explained. "They promote the sport and represent it honorably. They are involved with the community and are looking for ways to reach kids and make a difference in the education system with the formation of the Panther Education Center. Panther does a lot more for the community than just race Indy-cars."

One of Revive’s core business practices is to get involved in the community; the company donates 5-10% of every retail sale to charities, foundations and other community-related endeavors.

"We know our products can successfully impact the people associated with racing; the drivers, teams, crews and fans," Badgett continued. "We’ve already been able to revive Panther Racing, and now it’s time to get Vitor Meira in victory lane and continue this team’s remarkable run to a championship."

Meira, who currently sits in fifth place in the IndyCar Series standings, is especially excited about his team’s newest sponsor.

"It’s great to have Revive join the Panther Racing family for several reasons," Meira said. "They’ve given us the power and energy we need to take Panther Racing to the next level. And, personally, they’ve provided me with some valuable nutritional products that are going to help me tremendously in my training regime and while I’m racing in the Panther No. 4 Honda during the race weekends. A little Revive is just what this team needed."

The company’s September release will feature four products: Pure Energy energy drink; Power Quench re-hydration product; Star Bar protein and fiber bar; and The Complete Meal, a healthy and nutritious replacement shake. The company is in the process of setting up nation-wide distribution.

Panther Racing has finished on the podium in three of the last four races and Meira is currently on a run of seven consecutive Top 10 finishes, the longest streak in the league. He is only 73 points out of the 2006 championship lead and just 30 behind last year’s league champion Dan Wheldon. There are six races remaining on the IndyCar Series schedule.

In Meira’s 53 IndyCar Series starts he has 19 Top Five and 34 Top Ten finishes.

The Firestone Indy 200 will be held on Saturday, July 15. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN at 9 p.m. (EDT) with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio Channel 145.

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