Ho-Pin Tung, the first Chinese national to drive in the Indy 500 has gained a sponsor on the eve of his first qualifying day on the weekend of 21st – 22nd May 2011.
Mouser Electronics, Inc., and parent company: TTI Inc. have teamed up with suppliers to support the rookie. Mouser is a global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components with a significant presence in Asia. The company is owned by Berkshire Hathaway – headed by the infamous Warren Buffett.
The centennial running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race will begin at noon EDT on 29th May 2011 with live coverage on ABC. Tung said of the event:
“The support for me in China has always been tremendous, and it’s a great honor to be the first Chinese driver ever to take part in this special race, especially being the 100th edition. I realize it will be tough since it will be my IndyCar debut… I am confident to have a good chance to qualify for the race.”
Tung is a Formula 1 test driver for the Lotus Renault GP team. He has won the Asian Formula BMW championship in 2003 and in 2006 he won the German Formula 3 championship.