Behind the Barriers Notes and Quotes from the 87th Indianapolis 500 May 15, 2003 Mo for Alex Reports from Mo Nunn Racing have the team parking Felipe Giaffone and Tora Takagi until Carb Day. The team will focus on getting 2002 Indianapolis 500...
Behind the Barriers
Notes and Quotes from the 87th Indianapolis 500
May 15, 2003
Mo for Alex
Reports from Mo Nunn Racing have the team parking Felipe Giaffone and Tora Takagi until Carb Day. The team will focus on getting 2002 Indianapolis 500 co- rookie of the year Alex Barron up to speed. Barron will race the No. 20 as a substitute for the injured Arie Luyendyk. Takagi and Giaffone were first and third on the day's speed chart, respectively.
Craig Dollansky, who will compete in the inaugural Freedom 100 for the Infiniti Pro Series cars, will stay busy this weekend. Dollansky practiced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this morning and then boarded a flight to Pennsylvania where he will compete in the National Open, a World of Outlaws sanctioned sprint car event at the Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg. The National Open is a two-day event and Dollansky will commute via air to practice at the Speedway and compete at Williams Grove each night. Right after the Freedom 100, Dollansky will continue on the World of Outlaws circuit, competing at the Hagerstown (Md) Speedway on Saturday night. Dollansky is third in World of Outlaws points.
Each year since 1967 the Indiana Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has awarded the Louis Schwitzer Award. The award, presented to engineers by their colleagues, recognizes individuals or companies for exploring and developing new technologies in motor sport. The candidates for the 2003 award are the Dallara IR3 chassis, the Honda HI3R Indy V8 engine, the Panoz G Force GF09 chassis and the Toyota Indy V8 engine. The award, which includes a $5,000 check form Borg Warner, will be announced at Friday, May 16 at 10:00 am. Last year's award was presented to a group from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who were responsible for developing the SAFER barrier.
Aviation at the Speedway
Did you know that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the site of the nation's first licensed aviation meet? Orville Wright was the first man to circle the track in the 1910 event, flying 125 feet above the ground.
Innovation at the Speedway
While the rear engine revolution didn't sweep the Speedway until the 1960s, the first appearance of a rear-engine car was in 1938. It failed to qualify. One year later, the first rear engine car raced in the 500 with George Bailey driving the four-wheel-drive car to 26th place. The car retired after 47 laps.
Sorry to see you go
Herb Fishel, a name synonymous with motorsports and General Motors, will retire September 1. Fishel, who will pace the field in the Chevrolet SSR on race day, worked with the late Zora Arkus Duntov, known to many as father of the Corvette, when GM increased their racing involvement in the late 1950s. Since 1991, all of General Motors racing programs have come under Fishel's supervision.
Extra, extra read all about it
Helio Castroneves will be featured in an upcoming issue of People magazine. The magazine is expected to hit the newsstands May 23.
Don't touch that dial
Actor Anthony Edwards made an appearance on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" last night. One of Edward's props for the evening was Tony Renna's No. 32 Cure Autism Now/HomeMed Dallara.
Fill 'er up and check the tires
The 27th annual Checker's/Rally Pit Stop Challenge will take place on Carb Day at 1:30 pm. The competition will see 12 drivers and their teams face off on pit road for $80,000 in cash awards, $30,000 of which goes to the victors.
Mr. Rahal goes to Washington
Bobby Rahal accepted a lifetime achievement award presented by the American Task Force of Lebanon last night. The honor was conferred at the Fairmont Washington Hotel in Washington D.C.
Top ten great things about the 500
David Letterman, host of the popular "Late Show with David Letterman" television program, is expected to be in the Rahal/Letterman Racing pits on race day.
Greg Ray will be the first person to drive the number 13 car since 1914. Jack Mason was last person to drive with the number 13. Lee Oldfield, who completed 66 laps before breaking a piston, relieved Mason.