Panther Racing press release
National Guard Panther Team Fails in Attempt to Sign Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – (July 8, 2010) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Panther Racing regrets to announce today that it was unable to come to a contract agreement with reigning NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James, who plans to announce his future destination live on ESPN this evening at 9 p.m. (EST). Several attempts to reach JamesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ agent were unsuccessful as Panther Racing management had hoped to lure LeBron to Indianapolis to sign with the two-time IZOD IndyCar Series champions.
The team intended to add James in 2011 as a teammate to current No. 4 National Guard driver and former Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think, like a lot of teams, we really felt like it was our obligation to give our best efforts to sign LeBron to join Panther Racing,Ã¢â‚¬Â team co-owner John Barnes said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a tremendous athlete and obviously he would have been a great addition to both Panther and the IZOD IndyCar Series, but we knew it was a long shot going into negotiations. We wish LeBron and his family all the best in his future endeavors and hope that when he hits the free agent market again heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll consider Panther Racing.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Source: Panther Racing