IPS: IRL: Behind The Barriers: Pikes Peak

Honda will celebrate a decade of winning by inviting Steve and Christine Horne to Pikes Peak this weekend. The Hornes owned Tasman Motorsports when Andre Ribeiro provided Honda with their first win in American open wheel racing on August 20,...

Honda will celebrate a decade of winning by inviting Steve and Christine Horne to Pikes Peak this weekend.

The Hornes owned Tasman Motorsports when Andre Ribeiro provided Honda with their first win in American open wheel racing on August 20, 1995 at New Hampshire International Speedway. A dinner on Saturday night will honor the Hornes exactly ten years after the historic victory. A Honda win on Sunday will clinch the manufacturer's second consecutive Indy Racing League IndyCar Manufacturers Championship.

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The IndyCar Series will share the track with the NASCAR West Series. It is the first time the NASCAR West Series has competed at PPIR in six years. Previous series winners at PPIR include Michael Waltrip (1997), Kevin Harvick (1998) and Mike Wallace (1999)

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The Menards Infiniti Pro Series are making their third appearance at PPIR. Aaron Fike won the inaugural race in 2003 and P.J. Chesson won last year.

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Olympic legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee is attending this weekend's Honda 225 at PPIR. Joyner-Kersee took a special ride around the 1-mile speedway with Dan Wheldon at the wheel of the IRL two-seater. "I closed my eyes at one point and said, 'Oh my god.' Knowing that the Indianapolis 500 winner was driving though, I felt I was in good hands. On Saturday afternoon Joyner-Kersee traded shoes with Danica Patrick getting a pair of driving shoes in return for her track shoes.

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The Pike Peak International Raceway official track distance used by Indy Racing League officials to calculate speed is 1.0-mile

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Infiniti Pro Series driver Wade Cunningham celebrated his 21st birthday on Friday by taking a ride in the IndyCar Series two-seater. The car was driven by none other than his teammate Arie Luyendyk Jr.

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The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is offering a new course titled "Hands-on Racecar Suspension Setup in Partnership with Panoz Racing School." Panoz is the only U.S. based manufacturer building chassis for the IndyCar Series. The course is September 27-28 at the SAE Automotive Headquarters in Troy, Mich. The "Fundamentals of Aerodynamics Applied to Racecars" course is offered September 27. For more information visit www.sae.org/contedu or call (877) 606-7323.

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Sam and Crystal Hornish will join California Highway Patrol commissioner Mike Brown as the honorary chairpersons for this year's CARA Charities "Raceway Rendezvous" on Friday, October 14 at California Speedway. This annual event, which will enjoy a "western" theme this year, is attended by IndyCar drivers, team owners, officials and sponsors. "Racing Rendezvous" will feature music, a grand food spread, a silent motorsports auction and a variety of western themed games including a celebrity poker tournament. Individual tickets are $100 and can be purchased by calling the CARA Charities office at (317) 299-2277 or by visiting www.caracharities.org.

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On Tuesday the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board of Directors announced it has selected Milwaukee Mile Marketing LLC -- led by metro Milwaukee native and international sports marketing and real estate investment executive Craig Stoehr and Andrew Randall, former President of U.S. Bank in Wisconsin -- as the new promoter of the Milwaukee Mile racetrack. As part of the agreement, Milwaukee Mile Marketing would also acquire 9.35 acres of State-owned land located adjacent to the Mile along Greenfield Avenue to build a hotel and sports-related retail complex. The agreement and acquisition of the land are subject to approval by the Wisconsin State Building Commission. Under the terms of the proposed transaction the Milwaukee Mile Marketing would lease the promotional rights at the Mile for 18 years, the term of the State's existing debt service requirement, and would make annual payments to the State in an amount equal to those debt service payments (approximately $1.9 million per year). Milwaukee Mile Marketing would also make improvements to the Park grounds including expansion of gates and entrances. In addition, Milwaukee Mile Marketing would lease the entire track back to State Fair Park annually during the State Fair for parking and grandstand shows.

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"Fast Track To Indy" winner Geoff Dodge, who hails from Colorado Springs will attend the Indy Racing league event at Pikes Peak this weekend. Dodge is the 21-year-old sprint car driver from Colorado Springs who earned a test in a Menards Infiniti Pro Series car later this summer with his performance at the 45th annual Knoxville Nationals.

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Thomas Belli now five for five. Andretti Green Racing's technical director Tino Belli has been on the road with the team's four Dallaras forcing his wife to take over duty as crew chief for the couple's son Thomas. On August 14 Thomas scored two more victories at New Castle Motorsports Park. In the first event he ran the fastest lap after earning the pole position by more than one second. Thomas will compete August 27-29 August in the Mid West Sprint Series WKA Race at Shawano, WI.

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Target Chip Ganassi Racing announced earlier this week that Giorgio Pantano will drive for the team in the two remaining road course events this season. Jaques Lazier who replaced Darren Manning is expected to continue to drive the No. 10 Toyota-powered Panoz in the remaining oval events. Pantano, who competed in 14 Formula One events with the Jordan team in 2004, currently competes in the GP2 series with the Super Nova team.

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After several of the top finishing cars were scrutinized following the conclusion of the Bluegrass 100 at Kentucky Speedway the Indy Racing League penalized IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series team Vision Racing 16 entrant points and fined the team an undisclosed amount for a technical rules violation found on the No. 20 car. Vision Racing was penalized for violating Rule 100 G. (1) from Appendix B of the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Rule Book (Technical Specifications). The team may protest the decision which may result in an increase or decrease or no change to the penalty.

Indy Racing League Team and Sponsor related business news:

Detroit Diesel Corporation celebrated the shipment of its 75,000th Series 60(R) engine to Penske Truck Leasing (PTL) on Monday August 15, signifying a major milestone in the relationship between DDC and PTL. Penske Truck Leasing took delivery of its first Series 60 engine in 1990 with a total order of 47 units. With each passing year, the annual delivery of engines increased and just recently the number of engines delivered achieved the 75,000th mark. Penske Truck Leasing's annual revenue is approximately U.S. $3.5 billion. Detroit Diesel is a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler and part of the Freightliner Group of companies.

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Marlboro Team Penske engineers will be following their Toyota powered Dallaras around the track using the car's telemetry system. Now Penske Truck Leasing customers can track their vehicles too. On Tuesday, Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P. introduced the Fleet InSite(TM) system today - an easy-to-use, low-cost vehicle tracking system that enables customers to locate their trucks quickly via the Fleet InSite Web site. Fleet InSite applies GPS and cellular technology to quickly and easily locate vehicles, on-demand. Fleet managers can locate, or "ping," a vehicle and access its location history including the date, time, speed, latitude/longitude, travel direction and address for each time it has been pinged.

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CIO magazine announced August 16 that Delphi Corp. (NYSE:DPH) is a recipient of the 2005 CIO 100 award. The annual award program recognizes 100 organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). This marks the fourth consecutive year Delphi has been honored with the award. Delphi sponsors the Honda-powered car of Scott Sharp in the IndyCar Series.

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In an announcement made August 16, General Motors Corp., the Robert Bosch Corp., and Stanford University are developing a cost-effective engine technology that makes gasoline engines much more efficient and diesel engines much cleaner, for both conventional and hybrid propulsion systems. Under a three-year, $2.5 million program announced today, GM, Bosch and Stanford researchers will work to accelerate the development of Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition, or HCCI, which is a research technology that has the potential to dramatically improve the efficiency of gasoline and hybrid propulsion systems by more efficiently burning the fuel. HCCI can help enable the improvement of gasoline engine fuel efficiency by 20 percent, while achieving near-zero oxide of nitrogen (NOx) emissions and particulates - contributors to ozone depletion and smog.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Darren Manning , Kevin Harvick , Mike Wallace , Scott Sharp , Dan Wheldon , Mike Brown , Aaron Fike , Chip Ganassi , P.J. Chesson , Wade Cunningham , Andre Ribeiro , Geoff Dodge , Danica Patrick , Jaques Lazier , Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing