IPS: IRL: Behind The Barriers: Nashville

Arthur Wilmes will wave the green flag to start Saturday evening's Firestone Indy 200 after he bid $3,550 for the honor on Ebay. Firestone Racing will donate proceeds from the auction to the United Way. The United Way of Metropolitan Nashville...

Arthur Wilmes will wave the green flag to start Saturday evening's Firestone Indy 200 after he bid $3,550 for the honor on Ebay. Firestone Racing will donate proceeds from the auction to the United Way. The United Way of Metropolitan Nashville will benefit from two other Ebay auctions. Two Firestone tires featuring special United Way and Firestone Indy 200 logos were auctioned online with the front tire bringing $264.97. The larger rear tire fetched $206.52.

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Menards Infiniti Pro Series driver Nick Bussell has moved from Jeff West Motorsports to Vision Racing for the Nashville event. Jeff West, a former Supermodified driver from the northeast, is not fielding an entry at Nashville. Bussell, who has shown a lot of promise in the Pro Series, is hoping to continue with Vision for the remainder of the season.

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The Nashville Superspeedway official track distance used by the Indy Racing League to calculate speeds is 1.30-miles.

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Tony Kanaan has struck a special relationship with Infiniti Pro Series driver Jaime Camara. Both Brazilian drivers reside in Miami. When asked he if he is providing management services to Camara, Kanaan would only say that he is helping him. Marcio Valenta, of Kanaan Racing Inc. is in charge of helping Camara. Kanaan was seen on pit lane leaning into Camara's cockpit providing instructions. "To be a coach you have to be available all the time. I can not do that," said Kanaan. "But I am trying to help him. I got a lot of help in my career."

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After running the Indianapolis 500 in May, Buddy Lazier has extended his 2005 IndyCar Series schedule by adding two more races to those previously announced. Lazier will now compete with the Pennzoil Panther team at Nashville, Michigan, Kentucky and Chicago. Lazier, a road racer, is hoping to add an additional round at Infineon Raceway or Watkins Glen. Panther Racing team co-owner Doug Boles said the team continues to seek additional funding to add mores races to Lazier's schedule.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Buddy Lazier , Tony Kanaan , Nick Bussell , Jaime Camara
Teams Panther Racing