Behind the Barriers: Day six at Indy

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Behind the Barriers: Day six at Indy

Author and 2005 Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon will sign copies of his new book, "Lionheart," from 10:30-10:50 a.m. Sunday, May 23 at the Shop 13 Pagoda Plaza Retail Shop at IMS. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Photo by Indy...

Author and 2005 Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon will sign copies of his new book, "Lionheart," from 10:30-10:50 a.m. Sunday, May 23 at the Shop 13 Pagoda Plaza Retail Shop at IMS.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Photo by Indy Racing League.

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Ryan Briscoe is kicking off his new website (www.ryanbriscoe.com) with a contest. The prize package includes travel and accommodations for five days and four nights, tickets to the race, tickets to Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday, May 28, garage and pit passes, and official gear of Ryan Briscoe Racing. "I wanted to have a unique package that would be special to fans," said Briscoe, who is funding the prize. "We're kicking off the launching of the website with a bang. I want to continue this throughout the season with contests for maybe guess my laps led in a race and the position I finish in a race."

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Visit IZOD's website (www.racetotheparty.com) for updates on driver appearances and festivities surrounding the 500 in Indianapolis and New York.

Rick Mears, Johnny Rutherford and Al Unser Jr. will be at the Macy's in Greenwood May 20 at 7:00 pm. The first 150 customers to make a $20 IZOD purchase will receive an IZOD/Indy cap that all three guests will sign.

Mario Andretti, Danica Patrick and Helio Castroneves will greet fans and sign autographs at Macy's flagship store on Herald Square in New York on May 25th at 1 pm. A $40 IZOD purchase secures a spot in the VIP driver access line. First 150 customers to make any IZOD purchase receive an IZOD Indy cap.

IZOD's INDY 500 "Race to the Party" takes place May 29 from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis featuring Camp Freddy with Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses), Donovan Leitch and other special guests

>From 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Mario Lopez hosts the Fantasy 500 GQ VIP Party at the Hilbert Theatre. Tickets are available at the Hilbert Theatre

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Fuzzy Vision Racing? Fuzzy Zoeller is promoting his new Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka by sponsoring Ed Carpenter's ride in the 500. Known as one of the most fun loving personalities in the history of the game, the Indiana native and professional golfer entered into the spirits business in July 2009. Zoeller, who has been at the track, made an appearance at the Speedway Kroger on Crawfordsville Road today.

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1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. will be in the broadcast booth, working as an analyst during ABC telecast of the 2010 Indianapolis 500. Cheever said he'll be a talker, rather than a doer. "It is interesting. You have to be a lot more up on what everybody else is doing than if you are driving. When you're driving, you just look at the times and how the teams are running, but here you have to get all the stories and what's happening. Sitting and staring at a TV and having to say something instructive for 30x00bd hours is a big effort."

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TomTom, the world's leading provider of location and navigation solutions, announced recently that the voices of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers are now available for users of TomTom devices. Users that have installed TomTom HOME can download for free their favorite drivers voices at www.tomtom.com/racevoices. The voices include two-time and reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion and 2007 Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, two-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon and 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner and current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

Personally, I'm going with the voice of C3PO from the Star Wars collection, unless the Dario voice says, "What was he thinking?" when someone cuts me off.

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It's a double celebration at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the Boy Scouts of America is celebrating its 100th anniversary of serving the nation's youth and the Speedway is in the middle year of its Centennial Era.

The commemorative gold-and-white 100th anniversary No. 19 car is driven by 2007 Firestone Indy Lights champion Alex Lloyd, who is entered in his third Indy 500. Dale Coyne Racing is featuring the BSA logo on the car through the 17-race IZOD IndyCar Series season.

No word on whether the team's Turn three spotter, Chris Wheeler, will receive a merit badge for spotting for both Lloyd and teammate Milka Duno during practice. Wheeler has had his hands full with the No. 18 car. On her in and out laps, Duno has been running well below race speeds and changing lanes unexpectedly, befuddling other drivers in the process.

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of Jim Rathmann Indianapolis 500 victory. Rathmann joins Ray Harroun, Jules Goux, Rene Thomas, Peter DePaolo and Louis Meyer on the list of drivers living long enough to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Indianapolis 500 victory

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway commissioned a special trophy consisting of the Wing & Wheel logo in gold, along with one of the 3.2 million Culver Block bricks used in paving the Speedway surface in 1909. Johnny Rutherford presented to Rathmann, 81, in Melbourne, Fla. "This is quite an honor, and the trophy is beautiful," said Rathmann. "I am as happy as anyone to celebrate my living to see the anniversary of my win 50 years ago. That was a great duel with Rodger. Ward was one of the toughest drivers out there and beating him meant a lot to me, and winning the Indy 500 changed my entire life. Winning the '500' was and still is the all-time highlight of my racing career. To win that day, in that race against Ward, means so much to me."

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