Miller Brewing has extended its sponsorship deal with Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The US brewer said yesterday (23 May) that it had agreed a four-year extension with the venue to be its Official Malt Beverage sponsor until 2009. The deal will now cover IMS' 100th anniversary in 2009.

"Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an icon in American motorsports, attracting hundreds of thousands of fans each year, with millions more watching on TV," said Tom Long, Miller's chief marketing officer. "We'll aggressively leverage this sponsorship to ensure that whenever legal-drinking-age consumers think of Indy, they'll also think of Miller Lite."

IMS is the venue for the 'Allstate 400 at the Brickyard' race, as well as the legendary Indianapolis 500.

In addition to signage, advertising, promotions and hospitality, Miller's alliance with IMS will continue to feature the Miller Lite Party Deck during the two races, giving up to 300 people a view of the race from the fourth turn.

"We're pleased to extend our long-running partnership with Miller," said IMS president and COO, Joie Chitwood. "It provides us with a strong, long-term platform from which we will continue to promote our events at the Speedway and increase our loyal fans' strong allegiance to Miller brands."

The Indianapolis 500 will take place this Sunday, with the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard scheduled for Sunday 6 August.