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01/24/12
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Jade Gurss Named Director of Corporate Communications for Andretti Autosport  Andretti Autosport announced today that Jade Gurss has been named the Director of Corporate Communications for the open-wheel racing team.

Gurss was the owner of fingerprint, inc., a sports publicity company, since 1999. Among his clients, he represented Anheuser-Busch for nine innovative seasons as NASCAR publicist for the Budweiser brand and Dale Earnhardt Jr. He has also represented clients such as Kevin Harvick Inc., Petty Enterprises and athletes such as Ricky Carmichael.

The Kansas native has written two New York Times Best Sellers, "Driver #8" with Earnhardt Jr. and "DW!" with Darrell Waltrip. His third book, "In The Red, the 2001 Season with Dale Earnhardt Jr." has just been released by Octane Press. He was also an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

His two decades of publicity and marketing experience involves nearly every category of motorsports, including representing Mercedes-Benz in North America and directing marketing and communications for Ilmor Engineering (then the engine design and development arm of Mercedes-Benz).

JF THORMANN, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT:
"We are pleased to announce Jade as our new Director of Corporate Communication. We were impressed with his background and with him as a person from our first meeting. He will bring a fresh perspective and a great deal of experience to our communications team."

JADE GURSS, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT:
"I can't imagine a better scenario than to be joining Andretti Autosport. I've always been very passionate about Indy car racing, and to be back in the sport with the most legendary name in racing, a roster of young, personable and fast drivers and a wide variety of sponsors is an ideal situation with immense potential. I can't wait to get started."

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