By: Tanner Watkins
May 10, 2019 | 10:30 AM
When the spotter guide for this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix was released earlier this week, Colton Herta’s No. 88 Chevrolet stood out like a sore thumb. Simply a plain gray car outline, absent the colorful decals and artwork of the other 23 entries, Herta and Harding Steinbrenner Racing won’t have to worry about that again this month.
Today the team announced that they have agreed to partner with GESS International for the rest of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. GESS International will serve as the primary sponsor for not only tomorrow’s INDYCAR Grand Prix but also for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 later this month.
Additionally, GESS International is expected to serve as the primary sponsor at a variety of races post-May as part of their full-season partnership. GESS International was on the No. 88 car as a primary sponsor for April’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and an associate sponsor for the Acura Long Beach Grand Prix.
“Having GESS International back on our car for the INDYCAR Grand Prix, the 103nd Indianapolis 500 and more is very exciting,” said Mike Harding, the co-owner of Harding Steinbrenner Racing.
“The GESS organization is making major leaps in helping improve the earth with clean energy, and we’re honored to be a part of it all. I’m looking forward to our partnership with GESS International and continuing to bring great results on the track.”
When speaking with co-owner George Michael Steinbrenner on Monday, the youthful car owner was hesitant to reveal any details on a new partnership deal. With the news now public, Steinbrenner is more than pleased to have a partner like GESS International along for the full-season ride in 2019 – as either a primary or an associate sponsor.
“We are very happy to have GESS International join us as our primary sponsor for a multi-race deal,” said co-owner of Harding Steinbrenner Racing, George Michael Steinbrenner IV.
“The renewable energy and biogas industries are becoming more and more prevalent in our society as people become aware of the implications of climate change. We are glad that GESS is looking to INDYCAR and HSR to help expand their platform.”
Located worldwide with offices in London, Ukraine and throughout the United States, GESS international offers solutions in the field of “green” energy and energy efficiency for the private sector, budgetary organizations, and businesses.
“GESS International is the largest and fastest growing biogas company,” said CEO of GESS International, Shaun Lee. “And we are thrilled to be working with the fastest driver and growing team of Colton Herta and Harding Steinbrenner Racing for the INDYCAR Grand Prix, the 103rd Indianapolis 500 and the remainder of the season.
“We are ready to connect NTT IndyCar Series fans to the benefits of biogas for years to come.”
Header image by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR.
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