Officials with 7-Eleven, Inc. announced on Sunday that the company has renewed its sponsorship agreement with Andretti Green Racing to serve as the primary sponsor of driver Tony Kanaan's No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Indy Racing League IndyCar Series entry for 2004.

7-Eleven was the primary sponsor for Kanaan this season, as well as for team owner Michael Andretti, who drove in the first four races of the 2003 IndyCar Series season before retiring after the Indianapolis 500 in May. In Sunday's season-ending Chevy 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway 7-Eleven also sponsored Dan Wheldon, giving the firm a double presence in front of their home market.

Although Kanaan failed to land the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series title after a late race puncture at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, Wheldon finished third to claim Bombardier Rookie of the Year honours.

"We had a great inaugural season with Michael, Tony, Team 7-Eleven and Andretti Green Racing," said Nancy Smith, vice president for 7-Eleven, Inc. "On behalf of 7 Eleven employees across the country, we're proud to continue as the title sponsor of Team 7-Eleven and be part of this great American racing tradition. We look forward to a fast start and a strong finish for 2004."

Andretti, who owns the team with partners Kim Green and Kevin Savoree, said he is excited about the opportunity to build on what the team accomplished with 7-Eleven in 2003, which marked its first year of competition.

"We want to be a competitive force in the Indy Racing League for a long time, and to do that, you need continuity in your program," said Andretti. "The support and endorsement we're getting from 7-Eleven through this agreement play a big role in that. 7-Eleven was a great partner for my racing season finale in 2003, and we look forward to having them on board for my first year as a full-time team owner."

Kanaan, who is completing his first year in the IndyCar Series and sixth year of open- wheel racing overall, echoed Andretti's sentiments. "We're a new team, but we're building something here," said Kanaan. "We feel like we've accomplished quite a bit this season, but we've got a lot more to do. We need strong, supportive partners like 7-Eleven to reach our goals. The 2004 season promises to be an exciting one, both on the track and in the great promotions 7-Eleven is planning."

 

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