INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - World-renowned artist Aldo Drudi, founder of Drudi Performance, has designed the patriotic American graphic design schemes for the American Honda Moto2 effort at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 27-29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
American Roger Lee Hayden will ride a Moriwaki MD600 at IMS for the wild-card entry, which will be managed by American motorcycle racing legend Kevin Schwantz, the 1993 500cc World Champion.
Drudi's designs for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP feature red, white and blue as the primary colors and stars and stripes on the motorcycle and rider leathers.
"To work with Kevin, who is a friend and a champion, on a project that American Honda is supporting, it was a given that I was honored to be asked to create the graphics," Drudi said. "This assignment has been particularly special to me because for a long time I have wanted to create a theme that focused on the stars and stripes of the USA, which turns out to be the perfect match for this project. It is a very exciting opportunity and a project that will be of the highest level."
Drudi Performance has left its mark in motorsports for decades. Beginning in the early 1980s, Drudi design schemes have adorned machine bodywork, leathers, racing suits and helmets in motorcycle racing as well as auto racing, including NASCAR.
Commercially available Arai helmets have featured Drudi Performance graphics, and the company has also designed motorcycle-riding apparel and motorcycling-related casual wear. In addition, participants in sports as diverse as bicycle racing, soccer, track & field and offshore racing have borne the handiwork of Drudi Performance.
Most recently, Drudi designed the graphics for the 2010 Gresini Moto2 team.
Schwantz's ties to Drudi also run deep. Drudi began working with Schwantz in 1991 when he designed the starburst helmet Schwantz started wearing in 1992. Drudi has continued designing Schwantz's helmets since that time. Schwantz was the first GP rider wearing a Drudi-designed helmet to win a World Championship, in 1993.
American Honda plans to have Drudi-designed commemorative shirts and hats available to the public with all proceeds to benefit the Ride for Kids. Availability details will follow at a later date.
IMS tickets: Tickets for the 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis GP are on sale now. A new structure offers additional value and flexibility to fans attending the annual MotoGP event.
Among the highlights of the new ticket structure are lower prices and single-day reserved and general admission tickets for Race Day, Sunday, Aug. 29.
Fans can order tickets online at www.imstix.com, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Online orders can be made at any time. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
General admission tickets provide access to the grounds and to the viewing mounds along the infield section of the circuit, which provide excellent angles to see the greatest riders in the world.
Kevin Schwantz was crowned 500cc World Champion in 1993. With 25 Grand Prix wins, 21 lap records and 29 pole positions, Schwantz retired June 9, 1995, and the same day the FIM retired his signature number 34 from 500cc world competition. kevinschwantz.com
The Schwantz School was established in 2001 to create better, safer and more confident riders. The Schwantz School holds the honor of being the only school to be recognized by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. For more information or to register, visit schwantzschool.com.
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