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Thu 03 Apr 2003
IRL: Fermin Velez loses battle with cancerHeadline

IRL: Fermin Velez loses battle with cancer

BRASELTON, Ga. (April 2, 2003) -- Former IMSA World Sports Car and Group C2 champion Fermin Velez died Monday in Barcelona, Spain, three days shy of his 44th birthday, following a battle with cancer. Former IMSA champion Fermin Velez,...

Tue 27 May 2003
IRL: Indy 500: Purse payout, banquet notes

IRL: Indy 500: Purse payout, banquet notes

De Ferran earns $1.35 Million for hard-fought Indy 500 win Record $10.1-million purse awarded to field; Takagi named Rookie of the Year INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 26, 2003 -- Gil de Ferran, 2003 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race winner, earned...

Tue 11 Feb 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing, driver Monteiro enter Champ Car seriesHeadline
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CHAMPCAR/CART: Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing, driver Monteiro enter Champ Car series

INDIANAPOLIS (February 10, 2003) - Fourteen years after giving Patrick Racing its first and only Champ Car World Series title, Emerson Fittipaldi will look to capture a championship of his own as he and business partner James Dingman announced the...

Fri 18 Jul 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Player's to leave racing at the end of 2003Headline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Player's to leave racing at the end of 2003

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, July 10, 2003 -- "The future for young Canadian drivers goes up in smoke today," said journalist Didier Schraenen before it was announced that cigarette maker Player's, who have supported Canadian motorsports since 1961,...

Thu 30 Jan 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: PK Racing names Lemarie as first driverHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: PK Racing names Lemarie as first driver

Craig Pollock, principal of the new CART Champ Car series team PK Racing, today announced Patrick Lemarie as the driver for the team's 2003 series efforts. Patrick Lemarié in the garage. Photo by Mark Gledhill. Lemarie has spent most...

Fri 25 Apr 2003
IRL: Mario Andretti flips at IndyHeadline

IRL: Mario Andretti flips at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, April 23, 2003 -- With less than five minutes to go in today's private test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it had been the best of days for Mario Andretti. Mario Andretti. Photo by indyracing.com/Ron McQueeney. Back in...

Fri 21 Mar 2003
IRL: Arie Luyendyk to race with Mo Nunn at Indy 500Headline

IRL: Arie Luyendyk to race with Mo Nunn at Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, March 19, 2003) -- Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk will join Mo Nunn Racing's full-time IRL IndyCar Series drivers Felipe Giaffone and Tora Takagi for a three-car team entry at this year's 87th running of...

Sat 19 Apr 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Max Papis tests Winston Cup carHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Max Papis tests Winston Cup car

Sports car and open-wheel racer Max Papis tested the No. 91 Dodge Intrepid research and development NASCAR Winston Cup car for Evernham Motorsports today at Kentucky Speedway. "It was a very good experience being in a Winston Cup car. It ...

Thu 23 Oct 2003
IRL: Tony Renna fatally injured at IndyHeadline

IRL: Tony Renna fatally injured at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, October 22, 2003 - Driver Tony Renna, 26, was so looking forward to his new slot as teammate to Scott Dixon at Target Chip Ganassi Racing. The duo had partnered at PacWest Racing Group while competing on the Indy Lights ladder...

Sun 26 Oct 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Fun in the sun at Surfers ParadiseHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Fun in the sun at Surfers Paradise

Fast cars, beautiful weather and beautiful people combine to provide a weekend of heart-stopping race action for the spectators at the 2003 Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast. Pitlane activity before the session. Photo by David ...

Wed 17 Dec 2003
IRL: IMS remembers Jim Phillippe

IRL: IMS remembers Jim Phillippe

Longtime IMS Public Address announcer Phillippe dies at 84 INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003 -- James R. "Jim" Phillippe, a familiar, friendly voice to millions of Indianapolis Motor Speedway spectators as a member of the track's public...

Sun 12 Jan 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Series returns to EuroSpeedway Lausitz in 2003Headline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Series returns to EuroSpeedway Lausitz in 2003

INDIANAPOLIS (January 10, 2003) -Returning to one of the finest oval tracks in Europe, the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will complete its May European Tour with an event at EuroSpeedway Lausitz featuring a battle...

Sat 26 Jul 2003
IRL: Hornish hare at MichiganHeadline

IRL: Hornish hare at Michigan

BROOKLYN, MI, July 25, 2003 - Even before practice began for the IndyCar Series' second visit to the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI, all eyes have been on Sam Hornish Jr. and the ...

Mon 09 Jun 2003
IRL: Airton Dare undergoes surgery after Texas crashHeadline

IRL: Airton Dare undergoes surgery after Texas crash

Dare undergoes successful surgery at Parkland Hospital Ft. Worth, TX June 6, 2003--Indy car driver Airton Dare underwent successful surgery at Parkland Hospital in Dallas last night to repair fractures in his right upper arm (humerus) and right...

Tue 01 Apr 2003
IRL: Gil de Ferran: Racing to race againHeadline

IRL: Gil de Ferran: Racing to race again

It was a hard hit that Gil de Ferran took at Phoenix International Raceway, little more than a week ago, his second concussion in six months and the third in the Brazilian's illustrious career. Fighting with Michael Andretti for possession of ...

Tue 13 May 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Zanardi completes the 2001 Lausitz raceHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Zanardi completes the 2001 Lausitz race

The second stop of the CART's European swing took place today in Germany, the fifth round of the Champ Car World Series. The event marked the return of the two-time CART champion, Alex Zanardi. Press conference: Alex Zanardi. Photo by...

Sat 01 Mar 2003
IPS: IRL: Friday Homestead practice shows who is readyHeadline

IPS: IRL: Friday Homestead practice shows who is ready

Twenty-one IndyCar and 16 Infiniti Pro Series entrants gathered at this 1.549-mile circuit for the Indy Racing League season opener, scheduled for Sunday, March 2nd. With two Friday sessions dedicated to practice, it was finally time to...

Sat 31 May 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Jourdain tops first night Champ Car sessionHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Jourdain tops first night Champ Car session

Michel Jourdain, Jr. ran the fastest lap in tonight's practice session for the Champ Car World Series cars at the Milwaukee Mile, the first nighttime session in CART history. Jourdain's lap of 21.040 seconds (176.578 mph) was more than one second...

Sat 22 Feb 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Paul Gentilozzi - racer, entrepreneur, leaderHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Paul Gentilozzi - racer, entrepreneur, leader

LANSING, Mich. - Three-time Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup champion Paul Gentilozzi set out last year to add to the Trans-Am Series legacy. Gentilozzi-a successful team owner in both the Trans-Am Series and Champ Car World Series,...

Tue 24 Jun 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez charges to Portland victoryHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez charges to Portland victory

PORTLAND, Or (June 22, 2003) -- Driver and team owner Adrian Fernandez made a late race pass on pole sitter Paul Tracy and brought his Lola Ford-Cosworth to victory Sunday in the G.I. Joes 200 at Portland International Raceway. "I'm so happy...

Fri 11 Apr 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Alex Yoong signed by Dale Coyne RacingHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Alex Yoong signed by Dale Coyne Racing

Long Beach, California - April 09, 2003 - Malaysia's ex-Formula 1 driver, Alex Yoong, who turned in an impressive debut in Round 2 of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Presented By Ford in Monterrey, Mexico two weeks ago, has...

Fri 31 Oct 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Champ Car season ends early due to California fires

CHAMPCAR/CART: Champ Car season ends early due to California fires

CART officials announced today that the season-ending King Taco 500 at the California Speedway in Fontana, California would not be run and that the 2003 Champ Car season has ended. On Tuesday, California Speedway officials had announced a ...

Mon 26 May 2003
IRL: Indy 500 unofficial race results

IRL: Indy 500 unofficial race results

Pos NO Driver Chassis Engine Laps Gap Status --- --- -------------------- -------- -------- ---- ---------- ---------- 1. 6 Gil de Ferran G-Force Toyota 200 Running 2. 3 Helio Castroneves ...

Fri 23 May 2003
IRL: Open-Wheel Racing Summit roundupHeadline

IRL: Open-Wheel Racing Summit roundup

INDIANAPOLIS - SportsBusiness Journal held the second annual Open-Wheel Racing Summit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, taking over the fourth floor Media Center that overlooks the 2.5-mile historic oval's front ...

Fri 18 Jul 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Mixed results for Canadians at home raceHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Mixed results for Canadians at home race

Toronto, Ont. (July 13, 2003) - For Paul Tracy, the Molson Indy Toronto could not have been easier or better. For Alex Tagliani, it could not have been much worse, and for Patrick Carpentier it was somewhere in between. The start: Paul...

Sun 05 Jan 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: F3000 star Pantano signs with new BC Motorsports teamHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: F3000 star Pantano signs with new BC Motorsports team

BC Motorsports, one of the many new teams joining the CART Champ Car Series for 2003, has signed Formula 3000 standout Giorgio Pantano as the driver for their Lola Ford entry. The team, headquartered in California, has also secured Sunoco as the...

Wed 04 Jun 2003
IPS: Butch Meyer named technical director

IPS: Butch Meyer named technical director

Meyer joins Infiniti Pro Series as Technical Director INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 4, 2003 -- Veteran IRL IndyCar Series engine builder and team manager Butch Meyer has joined the Indy Racing League as technical director for the IRL Infiniti...

Wed 09 Apr 2003
IRL: Wheldon replaces injured Franchitti at MotegiHeadline

IRL: Wheldon replaces injured Franchitti at Motegi

Indianapolis, Ind. (April 7, 2003) - Andretti Green Racing's Dario Franchitti will be unable to compete in the Indy Racing League event at Twin Ring Motegi on April 11-13 as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident last week. Dan...

Fri 19 Sep 2003
ETCC: CHAMPCAR/CART: Zanardi to drive BMW in ETCC at MonzaHeadline
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ETCC: CHAMPCAR/CART: Zanardi to drive BMW in ETCC at Monza

Munich. Alessandro Zanardi will be competing in motorsport again for the first time since he suffered severe injuriesas a result of an accident two years ago. The Italian lost both legs when he was competing in a round of the American ChampCar ...

Fri 22 Aug 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Salo swings through IndyHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Salo swings through Indy

You never know who you'll see at a race track. Case in point: the NHRA have held closed [to the public] test sessions yesterday and today at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Wandering the paddock, one could find Indy Racing League and CART ...

Wed 30 Jul 2003
IRL: Alex Barron, the sport's best kept secretHeadline

IRL: Alex Barron, the sport's best kept secret

INDIANAPOLIS, July 29, 2003 - He's "the best kept secret in the sport," according to Toyota's Jim Aust, who has worked with Alex Barron since the Californian was Toyota Atlantic champion in 1997 as a rookie, just barely out of karts. A phenomenal...

Thu 21 Aug 2003
IRL: Hornish plans for his future quietlyHeadline

IRL: Hornish plans for his future quietly

Whatever Sam Hornish's future plans are once he leaves Pennzoil Panther Racing at the end of the 2003 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series campaign, the 24-year-old Indy Racing League IndyCar Series driver from Defiance, OH is keeping them to ...

Sat 06 Sep 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Rahal Straight dedication at Laguna Seca report

CHAMPCAR/CART: Rahal Straight dedication at Laguna Seca report

Rahal Straight dedicated to racing legend Bobby Rahal MONTEREY, Calif. (September 5, 2003) - Racing legend Bobby Rahal was honored today with naming of the backstraight at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as the "Rahal Straight." Rahal has won more...

Tue 27 May 2003
IRL: De Ferran ends Spiderman's reign at IndyHeadline

IRL: De Ferran ends Spiderman's reign at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, May 25, 2003 - Before today, everyone said this field for the 87th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race was the most competitive ever. Upwards of 15 drivers could have won. But the race, as many times before, went to those whose tenet is to...

Fri 24 Jan 2003
CHAMPCAR/CART: Pruett to join Rocketsports Trans-Am teamHeadline

CHAMPCAR/CART: Pruett to join Rocketsports Trans-Am team

LANSING, Mich. - Two-time Trans-Am champion Scott Pruett will join the Rocketsports Racing stable for the 2003 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup announced team owner Paul Gentilozzi. Pruett, who claimed his Trans-Am titles in 1987 and...

Thu 07 Aug 2003
IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League set for Milwaukee MileHeadline

IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League set for Milwaukee Mile

INDIANAPOLIS, August 6, 2003 - The Indy Racing League will add the historic Milwaukee Mile to its list of venues in 2004, visiting the 100-year-old mile oval during the final weekend of July for the first time in League history. A view...