DEFENDING INDY CHAMP TEAMS WITH JUNIPER GOLD COAST INDY 300
Property developer Juniper Group has joined forces with adopted Gold Coast hero Nelson Philippe for an assault on this year’s Lexmark Indy 300.
The 2006 champion today announced he will defend his Indy crown in a champ car emblazoned with Juniper’s company name and colours following a landmark sponsorship deal between Juniper and US-based Conquest Racing.
In particular, Philippe’s car will draw international attention to Juniper’s $850 million, 77-storey Soul Surfers Paradise development on the Gold Coast, the largest private, single-tower construction project ever awarded in Australia.
Juniper Group joint managing director Shaun Juniper said being involved with the Indy Carnival on the Gold Coast was the perfect way to promote the Soul development and the region to the rest of Australia and the world.
"As well as being an international star, Nelson has been embraced by the Gold Coast community since winning last year’s Lexmark Indy 300," he said.
"While he will be aiming for back-to-back crowns, Soul Surfers Paradise snared pole position the moment we secured such a spectacular beachfront location at Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia.
"Soul is carving a reputation for itself on the world stage and that will only be reinforced when Nelson lines up on the starting grid wearing Juniper’s colours."
Avid motorsport enthusiast Shaun Juniper will also compete during the Indy weekend in the Australian Carrera Cup championship, having already raced in international events in Malaysia and Germany this year.
Philippe, whose girlfriend is 2006 Miss Indy Sarah Buller, said he was excited by the prospect of competing under the Juniper name in this year’s race.
"I’ve spent the past two months living in Australia and there’s no doubt that Juniper Group is going to create something special at Cavill Avenue," he said.
"I love their enthusiasm for the Gold Coast and for the Lexmark Indy 300, which now feels like my home race."
The Lexmark Indy 300 runs from October 18-21 on the Gold Coast.