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Cottonelle Brand to Sponsor Dario Franchitti at Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Cottonelle Brand to Sponsor Dario Franchitti at Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ShareINDIANAPOLIS (March 24, 2010) - Racing announced today that Cottonelle brand will serve as the primary sponsor of its No.10 Honda Dallara for reigning IZOD IndyCar Series Champion Dario Franchitti in Round 2 of the series at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 28 at 3:30 PM ET, ABC).

Kimberly-Clark joined the Target racing program in 2010, and its brands will be featured on both the team's IZOD IndyCar and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars this season.


Cottonelle Brand Part of Auto Racing History: When Franchitti hits the Streets of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 28, he'll make his 200th start in Indy car racing (CART, IZOD IndyCar Series). In four starts on the 1.8-mile street circuit, he has claimed three top-five finishes - including a third place finish at the 2005 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

King of the Streets: In making his 200th start, Franchitti will also be making his 45th start on a street course (35 starts in CART and 10 starts in the IZOD IndyCar Series). Franchitti grabbed his second open wheel win in the 1998 Molson Indy Vancouver street race and has won eight of his 23 open wheel races on street courses.

Dario by the Numbers: St. Petersburg marks Franchitti's 86th start in the IZOD IndyCar Series and his 19th Indy car start with Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Franchitti has claimed two IndyCar championships (2009/2007), the 2007 Indianapolis 500, 23 victories and 24 poles in his U.S. Indy car career (CART, IRL) with 120 top-10 finishes.


Brian Goldstine: Brand Director, Cottonelle Brand

"We are enthusiastic to be a part of the IZOD IndyCar Series, along with Target Chip Ganassi Racing. We're also extremely excited to have Dario Franchitti behind the wheel of the Cottonelle car this weekend at the 2010 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg."

Dario Franchitti: Driver, No. 10 Cottonelle Honda Dallara

"St. Petersburg is always a great weekend for Indy car racing, and this race is particularly important as I'm due to make my 200th start. I'm not sure if that makes me old or not! The Target cars are always competitive and I'll do my best to make sure we keep our streak of qualifying in the Firestone Fast Six going in the Cottonelle car."

About Dario Franchitti & Ashley Judd

Actress Ashley Judd and Scottish race car driver Dario Franchitti married in December 2001 at the Skibo castle in Scotland. Judd wore an open-back satin empire waist gown by Armani with a full-length beaded lace coat, while Dario donned a kilt. The 100 or so guests in attendance included Salma Hayek and Ed Norton, as well as several Formula One race car drivers. Guests partied outside in a giant tent outfitted with industrial heaters.

About Cottonelle Brand

The Cottonelle brand provides innovative, comfort solutions for perineal personal care. Cottonelle toilet paper is available in three forms: Cottonelle Ultra toilet paper, Cottonelle Aloe & E toilet paper, and Cottonelle Premium toilet paper. To help people feel cleaner and fresher than with toilet paper alone, the Cottonelle brand offers Cottonelle Fresh flushable moist wipes, Cottonelle for Kids flushable moist wipes, and Cottonelle SoothingClean flushable moist wipes enriched with Aloe & E. For the latest product information, visit

About Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people - nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's 138-year history of innovation, visit

About Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR)

Target Chip Ganassi Racing is the two-time reigning IZOD IndyCar Series Champion, scoring 10 wins in 17 races in 2009. Chip Ganassi created his own one-car IndyCar team in 1990 and established a partnership with sponsor, Target. Today, Target Chip Ganassi Racing includes two entries in the IZOD IndyCar Series for 2008/2003 Champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon, and 2009/2007 Champion and 2007 Indianapolis 500 Winner Dario Franchitti. Target Chip Ganassi Racing has collected seven Championships and 74 wins since 1994 and operates out of a state-of-the-art race shop facility in Indianapolis, with a corporate office in Pittsburgh.

- Target Chip Ganassi Racing Press Release

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