The chips are falling in all the right places for Bryan Herta Autosport, which capped the second week of the year by naming Barracuda Networks as primary sponsor for the team's Alex Tagliani-driven Lotus/Dallara/Firestone Indy car in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.
The 2011 Indianapolis 500-winning team secured backing from Barracuda Networks, an enterprise technology company headquartered in Campbell, CA for the 2012 INDYCAR campaign. Barracuda Networks offers products that protect organizations from email and Web threats, as well as products that improve application delivery and network access.
"Bryan Herta Autosport is well known for its leadership, drive and focus on innovation," said Michael Perone, executive vice president and CMO at Barracuda Networks. "This partnership gives us an amazing opportunity to communicate our shared philosophy, expand our brand footprint and demonstrate our technology leadership around the world," he declared.
This newly announced Barracuda Networks sponsorship includes primary branding on the Lotus-powered car and all team equipment. The car's iconic livery also reflects the team's status as a factory partner team to Lotus Racing. Associate sponsors for Bryan Herta Autosport will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
"Barracuda Networks is an industry leader known for performance, integrity and quality," Herta said. These are the same qualities we strive for. They have shown tremendous confidence and vision in partnering with us as primary sponsor for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season. We are thrilled to welcome them to the team and look forward to delivering results both on and off the track."
The results Herta speaks of begin with an extensive development program already underway for the DW12 Dallara chassis and for the new Lotus engine, which is being tested for the first time on-circuit this week at Palm Beach International Raceway by HVM Lotus Racing's Simona de Silvestro. The 2012 Indy car season starts March 25 on the streets of St Petersburg, FL.