Tux, the cherubic penguin mascot of the Linux computer operating system has just taken up residence on the front nose of the Chastain Motorsports Panoz / Honda Indy car. Driver, Stephan Gregoire, and team owner, Tom Chastain, applied the ceremonial first decal yesterday to the distinctive two-tone blue, 225 mph Indy racer that Gregoire will pilot for this year’s 91st running of the famed Indianapolis 500 mile race on May 27, 2007.
Gregoire and Chastain were at Rahal Letterman Racing in suburban Columbus, OH to observe final preparations of both the team’s primary and backup cars prior to bringing them back to Indianapolis where the team will base its Indy 500 operations. The presence of Tux on the car is symbolic of the innovative sponsorship program in which the team is participating. Tux and the Linux identification will grow on the car in proportion to the funding raised by the massive global community of Linux programmers, marketers, stakeholders and even public donors. If the $350,000 funding goal for the program is reached, Linux will earn the primary sponsorship position in the program and the car’s coveted side pod decal space.
“Tux will be going for the ride of his life next month at the Speedway, I can guarantee you that!”, said an enthusiastic Chastain.
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