Indy 500: Series Carb Day report

WHELDON, DIXON LEAD FINAL PRACTICE BEFORE INDIANAPOLIS 500 INDIANAPOLIS - Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon paced the final practice session before the 92nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. The practice, which had...

WHELDON, DIXON LEAD FINAL PRACTICE BEFORE INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS - Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon paced the final practice session before the 92nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. The practice, which had been scheduled for one hour, was limited to 12 minutes due to rain.

Wheldon, who will start second in Sunday's 500-Mile Race, turned a fast lap of 223.934 mph, while Dixon, the pole sitter for the event, recorded a lap at 223.028 mph. The duo completed just six laps each before a light rain began falling.

Buddy Rice, the 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner, completed 11 laps, most of any driver.

The 40-lap Firestone Freedom 100 race was postponed due to the rain. The green flag will drop at 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

The McDonald's Pit Stop Challenge was canceled.

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Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon, the pole sitter for the 92nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, was presented a $5,000 check for the Cholula Hot Lap of the Day. The award was presented to the driver who turned the fastest lap on Fast Friday - May 9. Dixon topped the speed charts that day with a lap at 226.968 mph.

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Levi Jones won the 38th Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track last night. Jones and Jerry Coons Jr. traded the lead three times during the 30-lap race. Jones led the final 13 laps to take the victory.

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Entry update: The car name for the No. 8 KV Racing Technology entry driven by Will Power has been changed to Aussie Vineyards-Team Australia.

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Conquest Racing announced today that it has formed a partnership with Bidaroo.com, a unique Indiana-based online charity auction, to become title sponsor of the #34 car driven by Jaime Camara for the 92nd Indianapolis 500.

Bidaroo.com, whose logo will appear on the sidepods of Camara's orange-and-white Dallara, is an auction-type Web site that sells new products such as iPhones, plasma TVs, Nintendo Wii game systems and many more products for at least 90 percent below retail. Bidaroo donates a portion of net proceeds to selected charities.

ROB GOUGH (Founder, Bidaroo.com): "We are extremely excited to be partnering with Conquest Racing and Jaime Camara for the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis 500 is such a major event, and it presents us with a great opportunity to expose Bidaroo.com not only locally but to the world."

ERIC BACHELART (Owner, Conquest Racing): "We are pleased to have formed this partnership with bidaroo.com. The concept behind the online charity auction is so unique and such a great idea, and if at the end of the day we can help them raise even more money for their cause, then it makes our work that much more meaningful."

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The crew from Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing car #02 was named the winner of the 2008 True Grit Award presented by C&R Racing, Inc. The crew includes Tim Coffeen, chief mechanic, Tim Hornburg, tire specialist, John Tzouanakis, team manager and Davey Evans, who passed away earlier this month.

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Andy O'Gara, chief mechanic for the #67 Sarah Fisher Racing entry, was named the winner of the 22nd Clint Brawner Mechanical Excellence Award. Presented annually since 1987 by the Clint Brawner Foundation and underwritten by Firestone Racing, the award pays tribute to the memory of the late Clint Brawner, chief mechanic on six national champion cars in AAA- and USAC-sanctioned series. It rewards a chief mechanic at Indy each May who "exemplifies the mechanical and scientific creativity, ingenuity, perseverance, dedication, enthusiasm and expertise" of Brawner.

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Scott Dixon was presented the $5,000 Mi-Jack Top Performance Award for recording the fastest single qualifying lap. Dixon's fastest qualifying lap was 226.598 mph.

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Pacific Coast Motorsports and the Mexico City Tourism Board announced today that they have entered into an agreement with KV Racing Technology for the Indianapolis 500. The No. 5 Angie's List Special driven by Oriol Servia will carry the Visit Mexico City logo at the 92nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Pacific Coast Motorsports and the Mexico City Tourism Board announced their program just one month ago. However, the team's driver, Mario Dominguez failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.

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Westfield Steel, headquartered in Westfield, Ind., signed a $10,000 sponsorship with Sarah Fisher Racing for the Indianapolis 500.

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Rain has forced postponement of tonight's 56th "Hoosier Hundred" USAC K & N Silver Crown Championship race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Track and USAC officials are discussing possible dates for rescheduling.

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The Indiana Pacers logo will appear on the No. 4 National Guard Delphi car driven by Vitor Meira. The partnership between the Pacers and Panther Racing is a product of the friendship between Pacers President Jim Morris and Panther Racing co-owner John Barnes.

A total of 43 cars are currently at the Speedway and have passed technical inspection. Thirty-eight drivers have been on the track to date and have turned 13,451 laps this month. Will Power turned two laps today and has turned 561 this month, most of any driver. A total of 96 IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights drivers have passed physicals at the Clarian Emergency Medical Center.

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SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE (all times local):

8 a.m. Public Gates Open
10:30 a.m. Public Driver's Meeting
12:15 p.m. Firestone Freedom 100 (40 laps/100 miles)

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The 2008 IndyCar Series season continues with the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at noon (EDT) by ABC. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPNDeportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio and www.indycar.com. The 2008 Firestone Indy Lights season continues with the Firestone Freedom 100 on May 24 at Indianapolis. The race will be telecast at 1 p.m. EDT May 31.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Scott Dixon , Oriol Servia , Dan Wheldon , Mario Dominguez , Buddy Rice , Chip Ganassi , Levi Jones , Will Power , Jaime Camara , John Barnes , Vitor Meira , Jim Morris , Jerry Coons Jr.
Teams Panther Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing , KV Racing Technology , Conquest Racing