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Conquest team confirms sponsors for Indy 500
Following the non-qualification of the #34 Rexall Edmonton Indy car for the running of the 2009 Indianapolis 500, Conquest Racing confirmed today that the partners associated with the #34 car will continue their presence at this year’s Indy 500 on the #36 entry that Alex Tagliani will be driving this week.

ALL SPORT/BIG RED will remain the primary partner of the car with Rexall Edmonton Indy, King Tut at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, LifeLock and AmazingMail also on board.

“It is in the true spirit of partnership that Gary Smith and All Sport, Inc. immediately came to the team following the 34 car’s ‘bump’ from the field on Sunday to inform us that they wanted to include our #34 car sponsors on the #36 ALL SPORT/BIG RED machine,” said Conquest Commercial Director Jim Freudenberg, of Rubicon Sports Agency. “We truly admire the cooperative spirit of our partners and thank them once again for their support.”

"The motorsports arena can only continue to grow through mutual respect and cooperation for each other and our brands" stated Gary Smith. "We are fortunate to be able to assist our partner, Eric Bachelart and Conquest Racing, in making sure the family of sponsors on this team, like the Rexall Edmonton Indy, are all able to accomplish their goals in this year’s Indy 500".

The logo of Northlands’ signature event the Rexall Edmonton Indy will continue to be predominant on the Conquest Racing Dallara with placement on top of the sidepods.

“Northlands and the Rexall Edmonton Indy are thrilled to be riding along with Alex Tagliani in his very first Indianapolis 500 appearance,” said Ken Knowles, President of Northlands. “We’ll be cheering him on this Sunday, along with race fans across Canada, and look forward to seeing him challenge for the checkered flag at the Rexall Edmonton Indy this July.”

Although the Conquest machine will be sporting a new ALL SPORT/BIG RED paint scheme, one of the showpieces of the #34 car, the golden face of King Tut, will again take its place on the cockpit of Tagliani’s ride.

“We can’t wait to see Tag and Tut together at the Indy 500,” said John Norman, president of Arts and Exhibitions International, associate sponsor of the Conquest Racing car on behalf of the King Tut exhibition opening soon at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “Alex has been an incredible partner, helping us spread the word to children and schools throughout the state about the King Tut exhibition coming to Indianapolis in June, and we wish him all the best this weekend.”

The Forte Healthy Energy Shot logo will be visible on the Vision Racing car of Ed Carpenter while the TDS branding will be featured on the Vision car of Ryan Hunter-Reay.

“TDS is looking forward to a high-speed performance from the Vision race team and driver Ryan Hunter-Reay.  It’s exciting for our customers and employees alike to see the TDS brand riding along with such a strong team,” adds Nick Rusknowski, TDS Regional Marketing Manager.

Alex Tagliani and his #36 ALL SPORT/BIG RED car will be on track Friday, May 22, also known as Carb Day, for the final hour of practice from 11 a.m. to noon before the Indy 500 race on Sunday, May 24. Carb Day practice can be seen live on Versus starting at 11 a.m. eastern time, while the race will be broadcast live on ABC with the pre-race show beginning at noon.

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