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

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,...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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 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 ...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Thu 13 Feb 2003
IRL: Felipe Giaffone looks forward to 2003Headline

IRL: Felipe Giaffone looks forward to 2003

During his first two seasons in the IRL, Felipe Giaffone easily proved himself to be one of the top young drivers in the series. He earned the Bombardier Rookie of the Year award with a sixth place finish in the championship in 2001, then...