CHAMPION RACINGS AUDI R8 TEAM ANNOUNCES ANSUL - Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at 12:25

Champion Racing is pleased to announce ANSUL, a fire suppression business of Tyco Fire & Security, as a new sponsor for the Audi R8 Le Mans Prototype competing in the world renowned sports cars series, the American Le Mans Series. The ADT Champion Racing team had a perfect start to the series with wins at both Mid-Ohios Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on June 27th, and at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut just this past weekend.  

Champion's founder and President, Dave Maraj, said, "Champion Racing is pleased to have ANSUL aboard our Audi R8 as a sponsor. ANSUL products play an important role in protecting our team from fire and the technical expertise of their people closely match our own. Champion Racing is looking forward to a partnership on the racetrack that produces a great deal of success for both of our companies.

At ANSUL, one of our goals is to align ourselves with leaders in technology and engineering. Champion Racing is definitely at the top of the American Le Mans Series as we saw with last weeks win.  Its a perfect fit to support a team like Champion in a series that attracts such a diversity of audiences.  ANSUL is also pleased to be part of such a popular and growing sport, said Ron Krisanda, President of Tyco Safety Products.

Champion Motors is one of the largest Audi dealerships in the southern United
as well as the largest volume Porsche dealership in the world.  The Champion Racing division has been competing at the top level of American sports car racing for nearly a decade most recently campaigning the Audi R8.









ANSUL is the premium fire suppression product range, which is part of Tyco Fire & Securitys Fire Suppression business unit. The full line of ANSUL special hazard fire protection products includes fire extinguishers and hand line units; pre-engineered restaurant, vehicle, and industrial systems; sophisticated fire detection/suppression systems and a complete line of dry chemical, foam, and gaseous extinguishing agents.  ANSUL products are developed and tested at the ANSUL Fire Technology Center, one of the most extensive fire research and testing facilities in the world. ANSUL products meet the demanding challenge of industry and commerce, including high hazard/ high risk markets such as aviation, mining, chemical and petro-chemical, utility and metal manufacturing/processing industries.



Tyco Fire & Security, a business segment of Tyco International Ltd., designs, manufactures, installs and services electronic security systems, fire protection, detection and suppression systems. With $11 billion in annual sales and more than 90,000 employees, Tyco Fire and Security includes more than 60 brands, which are represented in over 100 countries. Its products are used to safeguard firefighters, prevent and fight fires, deter thieves and protect people and property.



Champion Racing is one of the entities of the Champion Group which includes Audi and Porsche dealerships as well as Champion Motorsport, an aftermarket parts and accessories company. The group officially launched in 1993 with a Champion Porsche RS America competing at Sebring and Miami. The success of the team and its contribution to the marketing of the dealerships were rapidly realized allowing Champion Racing to be established as a separate entity. By the mid nineties, major sponsor H.H. Brown Footwear, and later STP, came onboard further proving the viability of the racing team and its business model.

In its short history, Champion Racing has become one of the top privateer teams in the world. With numerous podium finishes, manufacturers and drivers championships, and the goal to race "the best of the best", Champion Racing has gained worldwide recognition. The cars, crews and drivers command well deserved respect in the competitive field where only the best survive. Champion Racing employs 40 people at its 16,000 square foot facility in Pompano Beach, Florida.


The American Le Mans Series is a series of North American sports car races based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the worlds most famous endurance race. American Le Mans Series races feature four classes of race cars competing for class wins and the overall win, with the fields including many of the same drivers and cars that compete at Le Mans. The series holds events at many of North Americas premier permanent road racing facilities. The series motto is For the Fans and all events feature driver autograph sessions and open paddocks. All events are on television in the United States. Well-known automotive brand names such as Audi, BMW, Corvette, Dodge, Ferrari, Lamborghini, MG, Nissan, Panoz, Porsche and Saleen are represented on the series. The series, which has its headquarters in Braselton, Ga., was founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Don Panoz and is sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).