Deerfield, Ill., June 2, 2006 - Jim Beam, The Official Spirit of Racing, awarded Philip Keeney of Mechanicsburg, PA and three guests a unique opportunity to do "double-duty" during the most popular weekend in motorsports. Keeney and friends attended both the Indy 500 in Indianapolis and the NASCAR Nextel Cup Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte on May 28 to experience 1100 miles of great motorsports racing. Up until the 2005 season, drivers were able to compete in both races but can't because of a change in start times. Thanks to the Jim Beam 1100 Sweepstakes, Keeney and his guests were able to experience something racecar drivers no longer can.
Kenney and friends witnessed Michael Andretti's highly-anticipated and victorious return to racing. Andretti drove the Jim Beam/Vonage Honda-powered Dallara at the 90th Indianapolis 500 as part of Jim Beam bourbon's sponsorship of Andretti Green Racing in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series in 2006. Andretti clocked an impressive 218.394 mph for his best speed, and placed third overall in the race.
In 2002 and 2003, Robby Gordon was one of the few drivers to participate in "double-duty" finishing in the top 20 for both races in 2002. In 2004 he attempted the two races again, but was forced to put a relief driver in the car for the NASCAR Nextel Cup race after a rain delay. After a difficult start, Gordon and the No. 7 Jim Beam Chevrolet placed 16th at the NASCAR Nextel on May 28.
"As the Official Spirit of Racing, Jim Beam was thrilled to offer Philip this rare once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Brian Gallagher, manager, Jim Beam Racing. "The Jim Beam 1100 gave us a great opportunity to offer our valued consumers the chance to witness the Jim Beam teams compete in both the IRL and NASCAR races. We had a great time entertaining Philip and his guests during the most exciting weekend in motorsports, and we hope they enjoyed the thrill of experiencing both races all in one day."
Keeney and guests received VIP treatment for the entire weekend. Following the Indy 500 the winner and his guests traveled from the Brickyard to Indianapolis International Airport via helicopter. There, the party boarded two private jets, owned by Andretti and Gordon, and flew directly to Charlotte to be a part of the race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. At both tracks, they enjoyed the race from an exclusive VIP suite. The winner and his guests also had the chance to meet and cheer on Indy racing legend, Andretti Green Racing co-owner and driver of the No. 1 Jim Beam car Michael Andretti and NASCAR team owner/driver of the No. 7 Jim Beam car, Roby Gordon.