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08/05/08
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New Australia Indy Car race sponsor announced  
Sport Minister Judy Spence, together with Indy 300 Chairman Terry Mackenroth and General Manager Greg Hooton, today announced Nikon as the naming rights sponsor of the Gold Coast motorsport event which will now be known as the Nikon Indy 300.

Ms Spence welcomed the partnership with Nikon - recognized as a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology.

"The Nikon Indy 300 will see four days of the world's best motorsport entertainment on the streets of Surfers Paradise,” said Spence.

"Nikon is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance - a perfect fit for our world-class event.

"We know the stars of the IndyCar Series and the V8 Supercars are really looking forward to this event from October 23-26, as a major highlight on the annual motorsport calendar.

"With the naming rights sponsor now announced, we are powering full-steam ahead towards this year's event – which is now less than three months away.

“Nikon has a one-year deal with an option for a further two years."

The Nikon Indy 300 will bring four days of motorsport entertainment to the streets of Surfers Paradise including the stars of the IndyCar Series and the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance, the new partnership brings Nikon together with the event widely regarded as a ‘crown jewel’ in international motorsport.

“Motor Sport is always a major occasion for photography, and the Nikon Indy 300 will be a sensational spectacle guaranteed to offer many magical moments,” said James Murray, General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Nikon Australia.

“The IndyCar Series is synonymous with precision machinery, and so too is Nikon where 90 years of research, development and design ensures all Nikon cameras perform at levels that can stop an IndyCar in its tracks!”

Nikon Indy 300 General Manager Greg Hooton said that the naming rights sponsorship announcement comes as the event heads into the final months of preparation with construction beginning in the next two weeks.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Nikon to 96 hours of non-stop excitement over October 23-26, when the Gold Coast comes alive to the sound of the IndyCars and Australia’s own V8 Supercars burning up the track,” said Hooton.

“With the non-stop action of the IndyCar Series and the V8 Supercars against the backdrop of one of the most famous beach-side cities in the world, the event is a photographer’s dream and one which I am sure will provide Nikon with many great memories.”

Tickets are now on sale for the Nikon Indy 300 with ticket options to suit everyone's needs. Four day Grandstand passes are available for those who prefer to watch the racing from the comfort of their own reserved seat or for those who prefer to wander around and soak up the atmosphere then a four day, weekend or single day General Admission pass might be more their style.

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