Lincoln Electric Co. was part of the winner's circle at the Indianapolis 500 May 28.

Sam Hornish Jr. was the winner of this year's race, and Lincoln Electric is the exclusive provider of welding equipment and products to Hornish and his Penske Racing team.

Lincoln Electric is considered the official welder of the Indy Racing League, and its equipment was used not only by the winning Indy 500 team, but all racers.

"Serving as the IRL's 'official welder' is a clear example of Lincoln's commitment to the IRL and the racing industry," said Mickey Holmes, Lincoln Electric's manager of motor sports marketing. "Our goal is to serve as a true partner with these teams by offering them excellent products, ongoing support, technical advice and working with them to continuously make the sport safer. They learn from us and we from them. It's a win-win partnership."

Throughout the month of May leading up to race day, the company sponsored on-site welding service and assistance to all teams in the track's designated welding garage operated by Lincoln distributor Indiana Oxygen.