Behind the Barriers - Indy Carb Day

A total of 59 cameras will be used to televise the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Several cars will carry a 360-degree rotating camera mounted on the roll-hoop located just behind the driver's head. ABC TV's coverage will be in high ...

A total of 59 cameras will be used to televise the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Several cars will carry a 360-degree rotating camera mounted on the roll-hoop located just behind the driver's head. ABC TV's coverage will be in high definition.

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All 33 cars will carry GPS that will provide pointers for TV viewers. Teams have the ability to watch a screen with the GPS information showing each car's location on the track. Watching the "dots" can provide useful information to the teams but quite often the dots don't refresh fast enough to provide pinpoint accuracy.

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A huge crowd descended upon the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Carb Day. Parking lots filled early, traffic was backed up, and several drivers were caught up in the rush to get into the track. Will Power's maneuver through the intersection of 16th and Georgetown at about 8 a.m. would have made a New York City taxi driver proud.

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Dreyer and Reinbold's four drivers, Davey Hamilton, Milka Duno, John Andretti and Mike Conway were busy making Dad's Root Beer floats for the media this afternoon. Team co-owners Dennis Reinbold and Robbie Buhl were also part of the action.

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Don "Snake" Prudhomme was an interested spectator at the Speedway today. The Snake fields a top fuel entry for Spencer Massey in NHRA competition. "Well, I've been coming out here for several years," said Prudhomme. "We have our race shop right over in Brownsburg, so it's a nice weekend to be out at the track. I know Chip (Ganassi), (Roger) Penske, Mario (Andretti), A.J. (Foyt) and all the guys back in the day."

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Willy T. Ribbs was at the Speedway today. He took the stage on the Pagoda Plaza, fielding questions from the fans before attending an autograph session.

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Van Heusen Corporation announced today that its IZOD brand will be the primary sponsor of Vision Racing's #21 car for the Indianapolis 500 and the May 31 race at The Milwaukee Mile. Ryan Hunter-Reay's car now has IZOD emblazoned on the sidepods in huge letters.

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The Carb Day concert has long outgrown the Pagoda Plaza. Held in the Yellow lot last year, the concert stage was inside Turn two on the infield section of the road circuit. Rock band "3 Doors Down" played to a huge crowd.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Executive Vice President, Communications Fred Nation announced in the Media Center today the creation of a scholarship in the name of retiring Associated Press auto racing writer Mike Harris. The scholarship will be available to college students attending the Indiana University School of Journalism's new National Sports Journalism Center, location of the Associated Press Sports Editors headquarters, and the winner of the annual scholarship will also have the option to serve as an intern with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or Indy Racing League.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Milka Duno , Robbie Buhl , Davey Hamilton , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Willy T. Ribbs , Mike Conway , Will Power , Spencer Massey