IZOD becomes official apparel of the IRL
The IndyCar Series is taking high speed and high fashion to a new level today, announcing a partnership between the league and Phillips-Van Heusen’s IZOD brand, making one of America’s most recognized clothing brands the official apparel of the Indy Racing League, the sanctioning body for the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights.
For the remainder of the 2008 season, IZOD will provide apparel to series officials and staff that work on and off the track. Beginning with the 2009 season, IZOD will also supply an exclusive fashion collection, inspired by the heritage of American racing, designed to address the performance needs of the league’s sports-minded executives and crew. The partnership between the IndyCar Series and IZOD includes promotional, merchandising and co-branding opportunities at speedway venues, off-site and online.
"IZOD is truly a sport-spirited lifestyle brand, and we're thrilled to have them on board with the IndyCar Series," said Terry Angstadt, President of the Indy Racing League's Commercial Division. "This announcement also adds to the sponsorship momentum that we've been building over the last several months. The growing number of partnerships we're making with quality organizations like PVH is really helping to build an exciting future for the IndyCar Series."
The relationship includes IZOD partnerships with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the No. 17 Team Ethanol entry for Rahal Letterman Racing in the IndyCar Series, Logan Gomez, driver of the No. 23 Menards/Guthrie Racing Firestone Indy Lights car and a major associate sponsorship of the Guthrie Racing team in Firestone Indy Lights.
“As a brand built upon the pillars of performance, lifestyle and Americana, what better moment than Independence Day to celebrate our new relationship with one of America’s favorite pastimes,” said Allen Sirkin, Chief Operating Officer of PVH. “The Indy Racing League is an ideal fit with the spirit of IZOD. We’re also extremely excited to come out of the gate supporting two rising stars in drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Logan Gomez. These two young men embody the bold determination and active lifestyle of IZOD.”
IZOD made its debut this past weekend at the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen at Watkins Glen International with a party that featured models, a pool, live music, games and fireworks in the paddock area. IZOD also is celebrating its new affiliation as the official apparel company of the IndyCar Series by debuting a 60' x 80' billboard of Hunter-Reay above Times Square in New York this week. The billboard, located at 42nd Street and Broadway, stands above the ESPNZone and features the July IndyCar Series schedule with television tune-in information. The billboard will remain up throughout the month of July.
“IZOD is a perfect fit for me since their cutting edge style and dedication to high quality delivers the ultimate in performance for my very active lifestyle,” said Hunter-Reay, who earned his first IndyCar Series victory Sunday at Watkins Glen. “It is an honor to have IZOD as a personal sponsor of mine and I am looking forward to representing the IZOD brand on and off the racetrack for many years to come.”