Ryan Briscoe Extends Lead in IndyCar Series Standings

Florence, Kentucky, September 1, 2009 – Mazak Corporation congratulates Ryan Briscoe of Penske Racing for his thrilling victory at the Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Briscoe narrowly defeated Scott Dixon by .0077 of a second, the fourth closest margin of victory in the history of the IndyCar Series.

Briscoe and the No. 6 Team Penske Dallara/Honda started the race in pole position but eventually fell to 13th before rallying and retaking the lead with 40 laps remaining. The IndyCar Series points leader swapped his lead with Scott Dixon four times over the final nine laps but edged Dixon by a nose at the finish line.

The victory is Briscoe's third of the season and first at Chicagoland Speedway. He has extended his lead in the IndyCar Series standings, while teammate Helio Castroneves remains fourth place overall.

Mazak is a proud associate sponsor of Penske Racing.

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Mazak Optonics Corporation is a major supplier of laser-cutting systems, offering 50 laser models and leading the industry in the implementation of emerging laser technologies. The company’s 50,000 sq. ft. North American Headquarters are located in Elgin, Illinois, and feature a 30,000 sq. ft. laser technology center housing up to 18 machines for demonstrations and training. Mazak Optonics is part of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation (Oguchi, Japan), the global leader for the manufacture of machine tools and systems for the precision machining of metal parts, including CNC turning centers, horizontal and vertical machining centers, Multi-Tasking machining centers, turnkey cells and software solutions. The North American Headquarters for Yamazaki Mazak are located in Florence, Kentucky. For more information on Mazak Optonics’ products and solutions, visit www.mazakoptonics.com, email sales@mazaklaser.com or call 847.252.4500.