Cleveland – Driver Dario Franchitti raced to the winner’s circle at this weekend’s 94th annual Indianapolis 500, his second Indy 500 win. Lincoln Electric helped to put him there, as the company is the exclusive provider of welding equipment to Franchitti and his team at Target Chip Ganassi Racing. The race was held on Sunday, May 30, 2010, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Lincoln Electric, the Indy Racing League (IRL) “Official Welder,” powered not only the winning Indy 500 team, but all IRL teams competing in the Indianapolis 500.
“Serving as the IRL’s ‘official welder’ is a clear example of Lincoln’s commitment to the IRL and the racing industry,” said Mickey Holmes, Lincoln Electric’s manager of sports marketing. “Our goal is to serve as a true partner with these teams by offering excellent products, ongoing support and sound technical advice. We work with the teams continuously to make the sport safer. They learn from us, and we learn from them. It’s a win-win partnership.”
Providing welding equipment and products to the winning Indy 500 team is a small portion of Lincoln Electric’s involvement with this annual race that draws more than 400,000 fans from around the world. Throughout May leading up to race day, the company sponsors free onsite welding services and trackside assistance to all teams in the track’s designated welding garage operated by Lincoln distributor Indiana Oxygen and Lincoln Electric. 2010 marks the 22nd year of Lincoln Electric’s commitment at the track.
Welding support for the Indy 500 winner and other IRL teams, the onsite welding garage operation and the Hard Charger Award for the Indy 500 driver that moved up through the starting grid to lead the race are examples of Lincoln Electric’s committed involvement with the IRL and the racing industry. Besides offering superior quality welding products, the company also provides race teams with ongoing technical support both on and off the track.
Lincoln’s racing involvement extends not only to the IRL but also to NASCAR® and NHRA®. The company serves as the major contingency sponsor for the NHRA Full Throttle® Drag Racing Series, as well as the NASCAR Sprint® Cup Series and the NASCAR Camping World® Truck Series.
The Lincoln Electric Company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, fume extraction equipment and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment. The company holds a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. For more information, visit www.lincolnelectric.com.