IPS: IRL: Behind The Barriers - Milwaukee

Jimmy Kite is one of two drivers pulling double duty at the Milwaukee Mile this weekend. In addition to piloting the No. 91 Ethanol/Life Fitness Toyota-powered Dallara for Hemelgarn Racing in the Indy Car Series race Kite will compete in the 100...

Jimmy Kite is one of two drivers pulling double duty at the Milwaukee Mile this weekend. In addition to piloting the No. 91 Ethanol/Life Fitness Toyota-powered Dallara for Hemelgarn Racing in the Indy Car Series race Kite will compete in the 100 lap USAC Silver Crown Series race driving the No. 5 Westcon Elevators Beast. The Milwaukee event marks Kite's second appearance in the Silver Crown Series this year. He competed in the series opener at Phoenix. This is the third time Kite has done double duty at an IndyCar Series event. At Texas Motor Speedway in June Kite made history when he became the first driver to compete in a NASCAR and IRL race at the same track on the same weekend when he drove in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Kite also did the IRL and NASCAR truck double at Kansas in July.

A.J. Foyt IV will attempt the double at Milwaukee too. The 21-year-old Foyt, who races fulltime in the IndyCar Series, will compete in the 100-lap USAC Silver Crown Series race driving the George Snider owned No. 111 ABC Supply Co. Inc. Chevy-powered Beast. After a failed attempt to qualify early in 2001, Foyt made his USAC Silver Crown Series race debut in the 2001 Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds driving for his grandfather. "These cars are extremely fun to drive, and George has an extremely good team," said Foyt, who has tested pavement Silver Crown cars at Phoenix International Raceway and Indianap olis Raceway Park. "I've tested some of George's cars, but this will be the first time I've run a race for him. George ran for my grandfather in the Indycars, so it will be cool to get in one of his cars and hopefully have a good showing for him." George Snider, who won the first Silver Crown race at Milwaukee in 1988, also fields a Silver Crown car for Ryan Durst.

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Although he won't be competing in Sunday's IndyCar Series main event, Jay Drake will pull triple duty at Milwaukee this weekend. Drake will compete in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series race in addition to the USAC Silver Crown and Midget races at Milwaukee. For Drake, the 2004 USAC Sprint car champion, Sunday's Pro Series race caps a string of eleven races in eleven days, including four races this weekend. Drake will travel from the Milwaukee Mile to compete in the final event in the Indiana Sprint Car Championships. After a Thursday night race at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., Drake will practice at Milwaukee on Friday before heading to the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind. to compete in a USAC Sprint car. "It's exciting for sure. It's a lot of long days, but it's what we do. I've always said that I would race every day if I could get the chance, so you have to be careful what you wish for. These next couple of weeks I do have to race every day. It's a lot harder than you think, but it 's still a lot of fun. The hardest part is the time schedules and just trying to logistically make it all happen."

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The Milwaukee Mile is one of the nation's oldest racing venues dating back to 1903. Originally a horse farm, the Milwaukee Mile was used for racing and training thoroughbreds before hosting automobile races. The equal 1,265 feet straightaways are banked at 2.5 degrees while the turns are banked at 9.25 degrees, making it one of the most challenging tracks for drivers and their teams. Official track distance used to calculate speed at the Milwaukee Mile is 1.015-miles.

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Firestone's race tire development team considers the configuration of each track as it chooses the tire compound to be used at each track. According to Firestone engineers, the relatively flat oval at Milwaukee requires the highest-grip compounds of any IRL venue. While the right side tire is that same spec as used in 2004, Firestone has provided a softer left side tire.

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As part of the "Racing for Kids" program Robbie Buhl and Roger Yasakawa visited patients at the Children's hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee on Thursday. Vitor Meira and Buddy Rice visited with children from Camp Heartland at the IRL Fan Experience behind the grandstands on Frid ay afternoon.

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On Friday from 5:30-8:00 p.m "Access Amplified" will allow fans to get an insider's view of the IndyCar Series when the garage area will be open with engineers and mechanics available to answer questions. Equipment and vintage cars will be on display and Indy 500 legends Rick Mears, Al Unser Sr. and Johnny Rutherford will sign autographs. Admission is free and food and beverage will be available for purchase.

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SBC will sponsor the IndyCar Series ALL-DRIVER autograph session on Saturday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Get in line early at the Wisconsin Exposition Center, 8100 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, WI (large building behind turn one of Milwaukee Mile grandstands).

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Robbie Buhl , A.J. Foyt IV , Jimmy Kite , Al Unser Sr. , Rick Mears , Buddy Rice , Jay Drake , Ryan Durst , Johnny Rutherford , Vitor Meira