Kyocera Wireless Sponsors Two-car Team at Indy 500
Kyocera logo to be prominently displayed on cars of two-time champion Arie Luyendyk and rookie Rick TreadwaySAN DIEGO - May 23, 2002 - Kyocera Wireless Corp., as part of an ongoing corporate branding campaign, today announced it has become a major associate sponsor of the two-car Treadway-Hubbard Racing team in Sunday's 86th running of the Indianapolis 500. The Kyocera logo will be prominently displayed on the Treadway-Hubbard entries driven by Rick Treadway and two-time Indy winner Arie Luyendyk. The Indianapolis 500 is annually one of the most widely viewed single-day sporting events in North America.
"The Indianapolis 500 is a natural fit for the Kyocera Wireless brand, in that both share a focus on innovation and technical excellence," said Skip Speaks, president and chief operating officer at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "We wish all of this year's drivers a safe and entertaining race, and hope that one of our drivers will carry the Kyocera Wireless name into the winner's circle."
Kyocera Wireless was formed when Kyocera acquired QUALCOMM Inc.'s CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February of 2000. QUALCOMM had teamed with Sprint to sponsor Treadway Racing in 1998. Treadway, a rookie driver in this year's race, will start from the middle of the sixth row, while the veteran Luyendyk will start on the outside of row eight.
"We are excited to represent Kyocera in such a prestigious event," said Scott Cronk, vice president of Treadway-Hubbard Racing. "And I'm happy that Kyocera is taking advantage of the global exposure opportunity of the Indy 500 for their branding initiatives."
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA handsets and accessories for customers worldwide. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit the Kyocera Wireless Corp. Web site at http://www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2002, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled US$7.78 billion (JPY 1,034,574 million) with net income of US$240.25 million (JPY 31,953 million).
Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation.
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