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Beyond the Barrier Notes and Quotes from the 87th Indianapolis 500 May 11, 2003 Practice schedule Practice continues at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday, May 14 through Friday, May 17 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Fun for everyone The...

Beyond the Barrier
Notes and Quotes from the 87th Indianapolis 500
May 11, 2003

Practice schedule

Practice continues at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday, May 14 through Friday, May 17 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Fun for everyone

The Bank One Festival Kid's Day takes place on Friday, May 17 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. The state's largest festival for children will feature games, crafts and entertainment.

Mine is better than yours

Using different chassis in the Indy 500 is nothing new for Team Penske. When Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran start the race it will mark the sixth time the team has used different chassis for the Indy 500. In 1971, Mark Donohue drove a McLaren while David Hobbs competed in a Lola. Two years later, the team used a McLaren for Gary Bettenhausen and Bobby Allison with Mark Donohue in an Eagle. Rick Mears drove a PC 6B to victory in 1979 with his teammate Bobby Unser finishing fifth in a PC 7. Mears and Danny Sullivan drove March chassis in 1986 and Al Unser Sr. drove the PC 15. In 1992, Rick Mears and Emerson Fittipaldi competed in the PC 21. Paul Tracy drove a PC 20 in 1992.

Art in motion

Art in motion is the theme for this year's 500 and if you've been downtown perhaps you've noticed brightly painted Indy racers gracing various public places. A collector's book featuring all the art cars is available by calling the 500 Festival offices at (317) 614-6146. An Art in Motion t-shirt is also available.

Simpson releases Vapor

Bill Simpson's new company, Impact Racing, will introduce their new helmet the Vapor at the Speedway this month. The helmet is designed using 3D computer modeling to take advantage of slippery boundary layer aerodynamic technology. The extended chin foiler is designed to reduce wind buffeting at high speeds. Simpson is no longer affiliated with Simpson Performance Products, a company he founded nearly 40 years ago. For more info visit impactraceproducts.com.

Milk delivery

Ever wonder who's in charge of delivering the traditional drink of milk to victory lane at the Indy 500? "The Milk Lady" is Myrna Metzger of Indianapolis, who always comes prepared with quart bottles of whole milk, fat free (skim), two-percent and lactose-free. Metzger knows each driver's milk preference so she can have it ready in victory lane.

Hunka hunka safety attenuator

The safety attenuator at the entrance to pit lane, which was annihilated by Billy Boat's Pedigo Chevrolet Dallara on Saturday, measures 7 feet wide and 15 feet long. After smashing the attenuator to small bits, Boat was taken to Methodist Hospital, where he was checked and released a short time later. Safety crews were able to replace the attenuator while the clean up from Boat's wreck was in progress.

Epson car is ready for Hattori

Hattori is awaiting medical clearance to return to return to on track action. "My car is ready for qualifying and I want to drive as soon as possible but the doctors won't clear me until next week," Hattori said.

Musical chairs
No. 3T switched from Panoz G Force to Dallara
No. 6 switched from Dallara to Panoz G Force
No. 66 switched from Dallara to Panoz G Force
No. 68T switched from Panoz G Force to Dallara

USAC race at IRP postponed

The USAC Silver Crown race scheduled for Saturday, May 10 has been rescheduled for Thursday night, May 22. Check www.irponline.com for start time. Drag racing crews checking out the action

Drag racers visit Speedway

NHRA Top Fuel racer Larry Dixon visited the Speedway on Saturday. Dixon won the 2002 NHRA Top Fuel championship for Don Prudhomme Racing, which is based in Indianapolis. Crew members from Brandon Bernstein's Top Fuel team were visiting Gasoline Alley too.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Larry Dixon , Billy Boat , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Paul Tracy , Al Unser Sr. , Rick Mears , Danny Sullivan , David Hobbs , Don Prudhomme , Brandon Bernstein , Bobby Allison , Mark Donohue
Teams Team Penske