Today's IRL headlines
1. Two Races, One Weekend Equals Busy Schedule For Dixon
2. Teams, Officials Head To IRL Championship Celebration
1. Two Races, One Weekend Equals Busy Schedule For Dixon: Even though the IRL IndyCar® Series season has ended, Scott Dixon remains a busy man.
Like most IndyCar Series drivers, Dixon has taken advantage of the time off to travel, but unlike the other drivers, the 2003 IndyCar Series champion's schedule still includes appearances and races.
"The IndyCar (Series) season may be over, but things haven't slowed down at all for us at Target Chip Ganassi Racing," Dixon said. "On Tuesday, I was in and out of New York City for an Esquire Magazine photo shoot for our sponsor TAG Heuer. On Wednesday, I travel to California for the Rolex Grand Am Hoosier Tire test that takes place all day Thursday on the road course at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif."
Dixon and his Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Darren Manning are scheduled to compete in a third Riley-Lexus Daytona Prototype for CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing in the Grand American Road Racing Series season finale on Oct. 31.
The IndyCar Series stars will be teammates to former Indianapolis 500 competitors Scott Pruett and Max Papis, who are among the top contenders for the Grand Am Series championship.
But that's not the only racing Dixon will do this weekend.
He'll join fellow IndyCar Series drivers Scott Sharp and Helio Castroneves for the final race of the Crown Royal International Race of Champions at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., on Oct. 30
"On Friday morning, I have the first official practice session for the Lexus Grand American 400," Dixon said. "As soon as I get out of the car at the end of the session, I'll be heading directly to the airport to fly to Atlanta (for the IROC race). After the IROC race I'll jump back on a plane to California to take part in the Rolex Series finale."
Dixon had hoped to make a sidetrip to the IRL Championship Celebration in The Bahamas, but his schedule won't allow it.
"This is such a busy week that unfortunately, I won't even have a chance to go to the cruise," he said. "I guess The Bahamas just wasn't in the cards this week, but being on a race track is where I prefer to be on any given day."
2. Teams, Officials Head To IRL Championship Celebration: Plans and props, including a Team 7-Eleven show car, have been set in motion for the IRL Championship Celebration on Oct. 29 aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship.
IRL IndyCar® Series champion Tony Kanaan and IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series champion Thiago Medeiros and their teams will be honored, while several other awards also will be presented, including the Bombardier Rookie of the Year, Marketer of the Year and Promoter of the Year, among others.
The IRL Championship Celebration will be broadcast at 4 p.m. (EST) Nov. 9 on ESPN2.
The IRL IndyCar Series opens its 10th season of competition with the Toyota Indy 300 on March 6, 2005 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network The 2005 Menards Infiniti Pro Series season also opens on March 6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.