NEWS - Tuesday, February 11, 2003
IndyCar Series To Have Penske RacingCodemasters, a UK-based videogame publishing giant, today announced that its upcoming title, IndyCar Series, will feature Penske Racing, the most successful Indy car racing team in history. Since 1971, Penske Racing has become synonymous with Indy car racing, compiling a record 114 race wins, 140 pole positions and 11 NationalChampionships. Penske Racing¹s rich heritage is best known for its record in the Indianapolis 500-Mile race. In 28 starts, the team has visited victory lane at the Brickyard a record 12 times. Overall thirteen drivers have won races for Penske Racing in Indy car racing competition. The list is a who¹s who in motorsports: Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser Jr. & Sr., Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Gil de Ferran, Helio Castroneves, Mark Donohue, Tom Sneva, Paul Tracy and Gary Bettenhausen. "We are excited to make our official IndyCar Series gaming debut in Codemasters new game, said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing, Inc. Today's Indy Racing League on-track competition is the best in the world. Being represented in this project is extremely important to Penske Racing because it is such a true-to-life video game." "With the inclusion of Penske, one of the greatest racing teams, IndyCar Series will be the most authentic and complete game in its class," said Sebastien Soulier, President of Codemasters USA. "Penske Racing, coupled with the other official Indy Racing League teams, enhances the depth of the tension-packed game and adds to the realism." IndyCar Series will debut in spring, 2003 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system and PC. ABOUT THE INDY RACING LEAGUE The Indy Racing League is the premier open-wheel, oval-track racing series in the world. The 16-race championship will take place on speedways around the USA, including Indianapolis, California and Texas, and will compete forthe first time internationally in 2003 at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan. The sleek, aerodynamic open-wheel, single-seat cars are powered by General Motors, Honda and Toyota engines that produce more than 650 bhp. The cars travel from 0-100 mph in less than three seconds and race inches apart at more than 220 mph on the larger circuits. The historic and world-famous Indianapolis 500 is the most prestigious event on the series' racing calendar, with a purse of more than $10 million, the largest in the world. The race is truly "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," with the largest single-day spectator crowd of any sporting event in the world and telecasts to 66 countries with a reach of 313 million homes. ABOUT INDYCAR SERIES Codemasters¹ IndyCar Series is the first and only videogame to feature the full season and all of the circuits raced at. Exclusively licensed, and with the full backing and support of the sports governing body, IndyCar Series will capture the authentic driving experience with TV-style presentation and commentary. The game will feature interactive crowd reactions, challenging and realistic AI opponents, exhilarating tension-packed races, true-to-life physics and realistic damage models. The title is due out in spring 2003.