IRL, Indy 500: Certainteed to Sponsor Harrington Motorsports for '99 Season
21 May 1999INDIANAPOLIS -- CertainTeed Corporation, one of the largest building materials manufacturers in North America, announced today that it will sponsor Harrington Motorsports and driver Scott Harrington for the Indianapolis 500 and the rest of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League season. "Words can't express how happy we are with this association with CertainTeed," Harrington said. "Their involvement with our program is the answer to our prayers, and it will help propel us toward our ultimate goals of winning the Pep Boys Indy Racing League championship and the Indianapolis 500."
CertainTeed, based in Valley Forge, Pa., is widely recognized by homeowners, architects, builders and contractors as a leading manufacturer of quality and innovative building materials. Those materials include asphalt roofing and clay roof tile, vinyl and fibercement siding, vinyl windows, fiberglass insulation, attic ventilation, vinyl fencing, deck and railing, and PVC foundation and piping products.
"We're delighted to be a part of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League through Harrington Motorsports and Scott Harrington," said Steve Casey, Indianapolis territory manager for CertainTeed's Roofing Products Group. "We decided to become a part of this exciting form of sports marketing because of the exposure it will give to our brands and to the networking opportunities that are intrinsic to the sport.
"(Team co-owner) Gene Harrington has an excellent reputation as a builder himself, and Scott Harrington will be a perfect spokesperson to spread the CertainTeed message to builders, contractors, architects and the general public."
In addition to building materials, CertainTeed also produces fiberglass products for reinforcing plastics and other materials. CertainTeed has approximately 8,000 employees and 47 manufacturing facilities throughout North America. CertainTeed's 1998 sales totaled approximately $2 billion.
"This is an important day for Harrington Motorsports," said Gene Harrington, team co-owner and Scott Harrington's father. "The opportunity to network with other companies though racing to obtain new business is one of the key factors that convinced CertainTeed to come on board with us."
Scott Harrington is ninth in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League point standings after two events this season in his Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone entry. He finished a career-best fifth at the MCI WorldCom 200 in March at Phoenix and leads the Sprint PCS Rookie of the Year standings.