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Team news in brief: New sponsors for Penske

Team news in brief from IndyCar: retailer Meijer and oil giant Shell sign up with Penske; AFS and Andretti part company; IndyCar trims back entrant funding; Edmonton dropped from 2011 calendar.
Penske sign up Meijer as sponsors
Penske Racing have signed retail chain Meijer as a major associate sponsor on the number 12 Verizon Team Penske car driven by Will Power next season as part of its three-car IndyCar line-up for 2011.

"I'm excited to welcome Meijer to Team Penske and I look forward to representing their brand," said Power. "I've always enjoyed shopping at Meijer stores since I came over to the US from Australia. Now, I'll be doing my best to get Meijer to Victory Lane with Team Penske."

Meijer also will be an associate sponsor for Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe. As a key supplier for Meijer, Coca-Cola will play a key role in the sponsorship.

Shell to sponsor Helio for Indy 500
Helio Castroneves will swap his usual Penske livery of black and red for the red, white and yellow paint scheme of Shell and Pennzoil for the month of May, which includes the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

"I am very excited to be working with Shell and Pennzoil this season and I'm proud to have the opportunity to drive the beautiful Shell V-Power-Pennzoil Ultra car in the 2011 Indianapolis 500, representing the number one premium gasoline and Pennzoil's most advanced motor oil in the US," Castroneves said. "Shell and Pennzoil have such a great history in Indy car racing and they have certainly had some special moments with Penske Racing at the Indy 500. I hope we can create a little bit more history together this May at Indianapolis."

AFS Racing and Andretti Autosport end IndyLights partnership
AFS Racing and Andretti Autosport have announced that they are ending their three-year partnership in the Firestone Indy Lights championship.

The partnership won the 2008 and 2009 titles with drivers Raphael Matos and JR Hildebrand, and has claimed and 11 race wins.

In a joint venture with Andretti Autosport, AFS Racing also fielded an entry in IndyCar, first with driver Franck Montagny and then Adam Carroll.

Andretti Autosport will field multiple entries in Firestone Indy Lights in 2011, while AFS Racing will also continue in Firestone Indy Lights at the same time as exploring independent IndyCar opportunities.

"[AFS owner Gary Peterson] has been a great partner for us over the last three seasons and we've accomplished a lot together,” said Michael Andretti, the CEO of Andretti Autosport. "We were also to do some good things together at the IndyCar level. That was a big help to us within our program and that experience should really help Gary as he looks to take his racing program even further in the future."




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