Paul Tracy Adds More Sponsors: Motegi Wheels, PHD, The Taylor Group, and Grip

Sponsorships Also Support Make-A-Wish(R) Canada

TORONTO, July 16 /CNW/ - Canadian Paul Tracy's KV Racing Technology Indy car has new sponsors on board for the Honda Indy Toronto and Honda Indy Edmonton races. The new sponsors are Motegi Wheels, PHD, The Taylor Group and Grip Limited. As part of their sponsorship arrangement, half of their sponsor's fees are being donated to Make-A-Wish(R) Canada. Honda Canada's sponsorship of Tracy's car has been donated to Make-A-Wish Canada to help raise funds at the two races.

Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series champion, is one of the most successful and exciting drivers in the history of open-wheel racing. The native of Scarborough, Ontario, will pilot the No. 15 Honda Canada - Make-A-Wish(R) Canada - KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone car in Toronto and Edmonton.

"We are pleased to see these new sponsors come on board in support of Paul Tracy and Make-A-Wish Canada," said Arch Wilcox, vice president of advertising and sponsorships. This is a great way to help turn the dreams and wishes of Canadian children faced with life-threatening medical conditions into reality.

Commenting on the support, Jennifer Ritter, CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Canada, said, "Because of this generous support, we are able to promote awareness of our vital mission and to continue to fulfill the dreams of our courageous 'wish children' across Canada.

"Make-A-Wish exists for one reason only - to grant wishes to children living with life-threatening medical conditions. We impact our wish families' lives at a time when they need to know that their community cares about what they are going through, as their child battles for his or her life.

Tracy, whose talent and determination have made him a fan favorite, will be contesting his 18th race in Toronto. In 17 previous starts on the streets of Toronto he has finished in the top-10 a total of 11 times with eight top-five showings, five podium performances, two wins (1993 and 2003) and one pole.

About Make-A-Wish Canada:

The mission of Make-A-Wish(R) Canada ( is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings hope, strength and joy to children across Canada living with life-threatening medical conditions. Along with the national office, seven independent regional chapters grant magical wishes to children from coast to coast. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish(R) International, the largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 240,000 children since 1980.

About Motegi Wheels:

Motegi Racing wheels are the only tuner wheels that are purpose-built for professional-level competition in drag racing, drifting and road racing. Its street wheels have the perfect blend of attitude, performance and style with the latest manufacturing technology and finishes.

About The Taylor Group:

Celebrating over 75 years of growth and success, The Taylor Group of Toronto is a global event design and integrated communications agency. Its services include strategy, design, fabrication, installation, site services, lead management, extended marketing services and event management.

About PHD:

PHD is a media and communications agency with over 59 offices and 2,000 staff globally. PHD is a media business that has been built on a culture of thought leadership, creativity and innovation. At its core is a strong belief that great media ideas matter. It is commited to leading the industry with thought-provoking opinion and pioneering thinking. PHD is part of Omnicom Media Group.

About Grip Limited:

Grip Limited is a Toronto-based integrated communications company providing expertise in advertising, design and digital. Services include strategy and planning, creative development and production for traditional and non-traditional media, brand identity and package design. Grip's coveted client roster includes: AB-InBev, Honda Canada, Yum! Brands, Boehringer Ingelheim,, Cadbury Adams, and Johnson & Johnson. The company is privately held. For more information, visit

About KV Racing Technology:

KV Racing Technology ( was established in 2003. The Indianapolis-based team is contesting its eighth open-wheel season and third in the IndyCar Series in 2010. KVRT is owned by successful venture capitalist Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996 Series Champion, Jimmy Vasser. Veteran motorsports manager Mark Johnson is the team's General Manager.

SOURCE Honda Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Honda Canada - Richard Jacobs, (416) 543-6593

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