Carmel’s ProCartz sponsors Indianapolis 500 reigning champion


ProCartz has provided Indianapolis 500 reigning champion Alexander Rossi and his team with customized golf carts skinned in the No. 98 NAPA KNOW HOW colors. (Submitted photo)

By Heather Collins

Last year, Carmel-based ProCartz sponsored an Indianapolis 500 rookie. This year, they’re sponsoring the reigning champion.

Alexander Rossi stunned the racing world by winning the 100th running of the Indy 500 in 2016, his first year qualifying for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

“He’s a very humble individual, even after winning the race and ever since then,” said Mike Nelson, owner of ProCartz. “He knows he’s here because a lot of people support him.”

Rossi said he’s glad to again partner with ProCartz, which has supplied him with a customized golf cart skinned in the No. 98 NAPA KNOW HOW colors. During the busy month of May, Rossi rides the cart to meetings, practice and various appearances at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“It’s hard to get down the long pit lane without a good set of wheels,” Rossi said.

Since 1999, Family owned and operated ProCartz has provided high-end customized golf carts to the racing community. The company opened a showroom in 2014 in Carmel.

Nelson said sponsoring last year’s Indy 500 was a unique experience.

“We got to participate in the whole thing,” said Nelson, a Zionsville resident. “It just worked out incredibly well for us.”

Rossi said he is proud to partner with a local business to thank the Indianapolis community for its support.

“As a driver, the feeling you get in Indy is like no other,” he said. “Whether it’s at a restaurant or the cashier at a gas station, everyone is so supportive.”


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