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BUICK SERVICE TECHNICIANS SERVE AS PIT CREW AT DETROIT GRAND PRIX

 DETROIT, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The service technician at your local Detroit Buick dealership may be moonlighting this weekend as a member of a pit crew at the Detroit Grand Prix. As part of "The Indy Lights Technician Challenge," an incentive program being conducted through Buick's Detroit Zone office, 18 award-winning service technicians representing Detroit-area Buick dealerships will serve on various Indy Lights pit crews for the weekend.
 The selected technicians, winners of an internal dealership customer service contest, will spend the weekend at the Detroit Grand Prix serving on selected Indy Lights race teams.
 But it won't all be work. Before being assigned to their respective race teams, the Buick service technicians will each receive a ride around the 2.1-mile Belle Isle Park race course. As temporary pit crew members, their duties may range from general cleanup to service work on the race car. All their work will be in preparation for the 36-lap Indy Lights race, which does not involve regular pit stops, on Sunday preceding the IndyCar race.
 "The service technicians are excited about serving on the pit crews," said Jim Markwalder, Buick's motorsports marketing manager. "They are familiar with the race engine since it is very similar to the V-6 engine we have in many of our production Buicks."
 Indy Lights is the official development racing series for IndyCar. Buick, a sponsor of the Indy Lights series, provides the engines for all the racing teams. The powerful, naturally aspirated, 425-horsepower V-6 Buick engine used in Indy Lights race cars is based on the same V-6 engine which powers current production Buicks. Indy Lights cars are similar in appearance to the slightly larger and more powerful IndyCar race cars.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Rollinson of Buick, 313-236-1415/
 (GM)


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