Conference Call With Justin Wilson

Yesterday, Justin Wilson participated in an INDYCAR Conference Call to preview his return to racing at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 2014 IndyCar Series season. Selected quotes from the availability are below.

Q. Justin, I know it’s kind of been a long off‑season for most IndyCar drivers but probably a little longer for you after you suffered your injuries at Fontana. How did the recovery go for you, and are you ready to get back in a car?

JUSTIN WILSON: Yeah, I can’t wait. I mean, the recovery went well. I was back walking five and a half, six weeks after the accident, so I was very fortunate the way my pelvis broke, it healed fast. Didn’t need any surgery. I had some good doctors, good advice.

I felt great when we tested here two weeks ago for the Roar Before, and it was good to get back in the car. I’m looking forward to getting back to competition. Hopefully it’s going to be a good 24 hours for us, and nothing would please me more than repeating what happened after my injury in 2011 and winning the Daytona 24 Hours the following year.

That’s our plan. A lot of work to do between now and then, but we’re definitely up for the fight.

Q. I know you haven’t been in an IndyCar since Fontana and seat time is everything to racing drivers these days. How important is an event like the 24 in preparing you for the IndyCar season?

JUSTIN WILSON: I think it’s great. I mean, it’s the perfect way to start out your year and get seat time when there’s not a lot happening in IndyCar. The teams are just prepping, getting things ready, and you come here and get plenty of seat time, get some good racing in, and some really good competition. The thing that attracts me is nothing else is going on this time of year so you don’t have to worry about you’re missing something else, and you’re racing against some of the best guys from all over the world, and you come here and try something different out.

It’s really a test of everything: Your patience, trying to deal with the traffic, timing, getting through that traffic. There’s so many things that can go wrong that stop you from winning this race, and you’re just trying to not make any of those mistakes, fall down any of those traps.

It’s just, like I said, the perfect way to get up to speed, blow off the cobwebs and get ready for the new season.

Q. Speaking about the new IndyCar season that is coming up, I know the teams are going testing. Any IndyCar testing in your plans or are you close to announcing what your 2014 plans are?

JUSTIN WILSON: I think everyone is kind of presuming it’s already out there. I’m back with Dale Coyne Racing again for 2014, and I think ‑‑ I’m still waiting for confirmation from Dale, but I think the first test is going to be the 3rd of February. I know that was part of his plans, so I’m just waiting for confirmation before booking travel for that.

But yeah, looking forward to getting back in the IndyCar. I’ve got a new engineer this year, Michael Cannon, and Bill Pappas left at the end of last year, went to Rahal Letterman, but looking forward to working with Michael, and hopefully we can gel quickly and do what we need to do, and hopefully we can win some races.

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New Harley-Davidson Street™ Takes Center Ice At X Games Aspen

The world’s hottest new motorcycle hits the ice today at X Games Aspen. Harley-Davidson – one of the newest X Games sponsors – is teaming with ESPN to feature motorcycle ice racing as an X Games Aspen exhibition sport. Following Harley-Davidson’s customer-centric approach, fans will help decide if the sport is extreme enough for future X Games winter events via social media.

Taking center ice for the exhibition is the all-new Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 – the first all-new motorcycle platform from the company in 13 years. The new motorcycle will be available in dealerships nationwide later this year.

“While the Street was designed to handle urban environments, its instant throttle response, lean chassis and super-low seat height make it perfect to ride anywhere,” said Dino Bernacchi, Director of North American Marketing Communications, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “We modified several Street motorcycles by adding steel screws to the tires and let the world’s best flat track racers tear up the ice at high speeds. We think fans will be captivated by the extreme attitude and beauty they’ll see on the ice.”

The Street 750 from Harley-Davidson features the all-new liquid-cooled Revolution X™ engine, designed to match the demands of stop-and-go traffic. The new engine is housed in a narrow and lean chassis built for agility, with a new suspension and a broad handlebar sweep that provides confidence and maneuverability when managing tight turns and fast moves. It also has a premium, minimalist style that serves as a blank canvas for riders to customize.

Fans to Decide if Sport will Stick

Harley-Davidson will showcase the ice racing exhibition during ESPN’s X Games Aspen today, Jan. 23. Fans will influence whether the sport comes to future X Games winter events by sharing their comments via the Twitter hashtag #XGIceRace. ESPN will share comments from fans during the last day of the games. Learn more at http://www.darkcustom.com/iceracing.

The exhibition race will feature Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team rider Brad Baker, the reigning AMA Pro Grand National champion, AMA Pro star Jared Mees, winner of the 2012 AMA Pro Grand National Championship, and his wife and fellow AMA Pro flat track racer Nichole Mees.

“The attitude and capabilities of the Street were influenced by thousands of young adults in cities around the world,” added Bernacchi. “So while we think ice racing is hardcore, it’s only fitting that Harley-Davidson is having extreme sports fans around the world help decide the X Games fate of the sport.”

Motorcycle Racing on Ice

While it’s difficult to pin down when and where someone had the idea of putting a motorcycle on ice, the first records of ice racing date from Sweden in 1924. Today, ice racing is primarily on quarter-mile, half-mile and road course tracks setup on frozen lakes or indoor arenas.

The sport usually is divided into classes for full-rubber and studded tires with speeds regularly approaching 80 miles per hour on straightaways and 60 miles per hour in the turns.

“Harley-Davidson has been pioneering action sports before they were even defined as action sports,” added Bernacchi. “In fact, archive photos in the Harley-Davidson Museum show enthusiasts racing on frozen lakes almost a century ago, so it’s exciting to see us back racing on ice with a new generation of riders on the newest addition to the Dark Custom motorcycle lineup.”

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website.

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Boomerang Systems’ RoboticValet® Chosen For Student Housing Project At University Of Illinois.

Boomerang Systems, Inc., (OTCQB: BMER) the pioneer designer and manufacturer of fully-automated robotic parking systems, announced today that it has executed an agreement to provide 240 parking spaces using the revolutionary RoboticValet® Parking System, to be incorporated into a student housing project on East Green Street in Champaign, Illinois.

Boomerang’s RoboticValet® system is a fully-integrated automated parking solution incorporating robotics, software and hardware. This patent-pending technology eliminates ramps and sharply reduces the number of drive aisles, allowing up to twice the density of parked cars and requiring as little as half the space required by a conventional garage. RoboticValet® robots drive on concrete slab floors and use a proprietary automated guidance system to transport vehicles to and from parking spaces. Cars’ ignition systems are shut off before being parked, slashing carbon emissions and electricity consumption for ventilation and lighting. Boomerang’s technology allows the East Green Street developer to reduce the parking garage footprint and to increase the amount of resident living space.

The 16 story project is adjacent to the University of Illinois campus and is being developed as a joint venture between Chicago based developers HERE Enterprises, LLC and Campus Acquisitions. Construction has already started and is anticipated to be completed in 2015.

“We are pleased to be working with HERE and Campus Acquisitions on what will be the first fully automated robotic parking system in the State of Illinois,” said Mark Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of Boomerang Systems. “We believe our technology is ideal for student housing projects in environments where space is at a premium and where the market places high value on safety and modern building technology that offers environmentally friendly solutions.”

“In addition to saving space and lessening the impact of parking on the environment, we believe that providing a central drop off and pick up location for vehicles on grade will provide a safer and more convenient parking experience for our student residents,” said James Letchinger, CEO of HERE. “After investigating a number of automated parking systems, we chose Boomerang’s RoboticValet solution based on the unique advantages of the product and based on Boomerang being a US manufacturer with an experienced in-house installation team.”

About Boomerang Systems, Inc.

Headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, with research, design, testing and production facilities in Logan, Utah, Boomerang Systems, Inc. (www.boomerangsystems.com) is in the business of marketing, designing, engineering, manufacturing, installing and servicing its RoboticValet® automated parking systems.

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