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Ho-Pin Tung – First Chinese Driver in Indy 500 – Gains Sponsor

Ho-Pin Tung Driving for Schmidt Dragon Racing

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.

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