Mouser Electronics accelerates its horsepower this weekend with driver Tony Kanaan in Sunday's GoProTM Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway. Kanaan, who won the Sonoma race in 2005, will pilot the No. 11 Mouser Electronics/GEICO/KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone IndyCar on the famous 2.52-mile California road course nestled in the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country..
The dynamic sport of IndyCar racing is celebrating over 103 years this season, with roots reaching back to 1909 when the Indianapolis 500 brought racing to a new level. In that time, IndyCar boasts long history of technological innovations. IndyCar returned to Sonoma Valley in 2005 after a 30-year hiatus. With a previous win at Sonoma in 2005, Kanaan is among the favorites going into the August 26th race.
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"It's amazing to think that simple parts, like rear-view mirrors and seat belts had their origins in racing," says Larry Johannes, Mouser Electronics' Vice President of Strategic Marketing. "When you consider how important ABS and traction control are to our daily driving, it's a real honor to play a part in keeping such an important sport alive. IndyCar's track record for bringing innovation to America's highways is unmatched, and we're thrilled to sponsor Tony in his hunt for the gold."
"We are getting so close to another win," states Kanaan. "We are still in the championship hunt. We just have to keep producing good results. Hopefully we get a win very soon."
Joining Mouser as co-sponsors for the 2012 Izod® IndyCar Series are TTI, Inc, Sager, Murata, Molex, TE Connectivity, Phoenix Contact, Littelfuse, KEMET, Ohmite, Hammond, Harwin, ebm-papst, Omron, BIVAR, Fluke, and Amphenol.
To view a video interview with Kanaan during his recent visit to Mouser's corporate headquarters, click on http://mou.sr/GSTKHT. The champion driver has logged seven Top 6 finishes so far this season, including three Top 3 showings – a season-high 2nd place at Milwaukee and two outstanding 3rd place finishes at Iowa and the historic Indianapolis 500. He now holds on to 7th place in the championship point standings.
Mouser's comprehensive IndyCar racing program provides a high-tech platform to showcase its valued supplier partnerships and connect with the industry's leading electronic design engineers and buyers. Engineers are invited to take the Mouser 500 Challenge, a series of three engineering challenges to help find design solutions to various technical problems relating to the high-speed sport of IndyCar. To learn more about Mouser's 500 Engineering Challenge, visit www.mouser.com/500challenge/.