Cleveland – Scott Dixon, a driver with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, claimed Lincoln Electric’s Hard Charger Award at this year’s Indianapolis 500. The award is given to the car that starts the furthest back in the field and leads at least one green lap at some point during the race. The Hard Charger award included a $10,000 cash prize. The Indianapolis 500 was held on Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Along with the Hard Charger Award commitment, each year Lincoln Electric also serves as the Indy Racing League (IRL) “Official Welder” for all teams competing in the Indianapolis 500. For one month prior to the race, Lincoln personnel provide free on-site welding services and trackside assistance to all of the teams in the track’s designated welding garage operated by Lincoln distributor Indiana Oxygen and Lincoln Electric. Besides offering superior quality welding products, the company also provides Indianapolis 500 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, NHRA and ARCA. The company serves as the major contingency sponsor for NHRA Championship Drag Racing, as well as NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and 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.