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Tony Kanaan in the "Mouser Machine" Thrills Fans at Texas
Mouser Hometown Race is One To Remember

Mouser Electronics, Inc., a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, rallied its support behind champion driver Tony Kanaan during the Firestone 550 IZOD IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday as he raced the No. 11 Mouser Electronics/GEICO/KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone IndyCar.

"We were absolutely thrilled to sponsor Tony Kanaan here in our hometown," says Larry Johannes, Mouser Electronics’ Vice President of Strategic Marketing. "Tony again showed us his tremendous driving skills, aggressively moving up the grid throughout the race into third position. Near the end of the race, just when he was gunning to take the lead on the back straight, Power’s No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car jutted over and damaged the front wing of Tony’s car. It’s unfortunate, but that’s what makes IndyCar racing exciting."

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The evening showcased another strong driving performance by Kanaan, who placed third at this year’s Indianapolis 500. The seasoned driver expertly navigated through the TMS race field boldly passing the other drivers. He slotted into third place with a little over 50 laps remaining where he remained until lap 188 when he attempted to pass Will Power and take the overall lead. To avoid being passed, Power aggressively moved over to block and severely damaged the right front wing of Kanaan’s #11 Mouser IndyCar. Kanaan was forced to pit for repairs, taking him out of contention for the podium. Power was assessed a penalty for his actions.

For Saturday’s race, Mouser welcomed one of its European customers, Michael Thalhammer and a guest, who won an expense-paid trip from Mouser to the TMS IndyCar event after entering a trade show contest earlier this year at the Embedded World show in Germany. Also, in the stands were several hundred Mouser employees and guests, creating a sea of blue in the stands cheering on Kanaan throughout the race until the end.

On Thursday, Mouser held a race day event at its global corporate headquarters, where its 900-plus employees got the chance to win ticket prizes and meet Kanaan in person, along with Chinese racing sensation Ho-Pin Tung (Tung drove the No. 88 Mouser IndyCar during the 2011 season).

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. Joining Mouser as co-sponsors for the 2012 Izod® IndyCar Series are TTI, Inc, Murata, Molex, TE Connectivity, Phoenix Contact, Littelfuse, KEMET, Ohmite, Hammond, Harwin, ebm-papst, Omron, BIVAR, Fluke, and Amphenol.

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    DATE
    EVENT
    LOCATION
    Mar 25
    Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Apr 1
    Honda Grand Prix of Alabama
    Birmingham, AL
    Apr 15
    Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
    Long Beach, CA
    Apr 29
    Sao Paulo Indy 300
    San Paulo, Brazil
    May 27
    Indianapolis 500
    Speedway, IN
    Jun 3
    Chevy Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
    Detroit, MI
    Jun 9
    Firestone 550K
    Fort Worth, TX
    Jun 23-24
    Iowa Corn Indy 250
    Newton, IA
    Jul 8
    Honda Indy Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario
    Jul 22
    Edmonton Indy
    Edmonton, AB
    Aug 5
    Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
    Lexington, OH
    Aug 26
    Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma
    Sonoma, CA
    Sept 2
    Baltimore Grand Prix
    Baltimore, MD
    Sept 15
    Auto Club Speedway
    Fontana, CA
Official sponsors of the 2012 Mouser IndyCar:

TTI TE Connectivity Phoenix Contact Murata Amphenol Ohmite Molex Kemet Harwin Littelfuse ebmpapst Hammond Bivar Omron Fluke