Indy Racing League News and Notes -- Nov. 30, 2004
Today's IRL headlines
1. Tickets for Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Available Dec. 1
2. IRL Drivers Nominated For All-America Team
3. Hornish-Autographed RC Car Prize For Sweepstakes
1. Tickets for Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Available Dec. 1: Tickets for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be available to the public on Dec. 1, at all Ticketmaster locations and at ticketmaster.com, race officials announced on Nov. 30.
Reserved seat grandstand tickets for the race range from $55 for seats in the lower rows to $75 for reserved seats in the upper rows. Three-day passes, which include reserved seats for both Saturday and Sunday, are $105 for upper rows and $80 for the lower rows. Three-day general admission tickets also are available for $45 each. Sunday-only general admission tickets are $35 and Saturday general admission tickets are priced at $25.
Race fans purchasing a three-day reserved ticket before Dec. 31, will receive a free one-day paddock pass, which can be used for unlimited access into the Indy Racing League paddock on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Paddock passes also will be available through Ticketmaster outlets and are $50 for a three-day unlimited access pass and $25 for a one-day pass.
"Everyone associated with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg felt it was important to keep ticket prices at the same level as the last race in the market," said Barry Green, managing director of the event. "We also are encouraged by the response we have had from race fans and sponsors about the 2005 event and want to reward these loyal race fans by offering the free paddock pass for those who purchase tickets before the end of this year. It is a great opportunity for race fans to get behind the scenes of this exciting event."
The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the first street-circuit race in the IRL IndyCar® Series history, will be run on a 1.806 mile, 14-turn course through the streets of St. Petersburg on April 3, 2005. Qualifying and practice sessions for the event will be held on April 1-2.
2. IRL Drivers Nominated For All-America Team: Four Indy Racing League drivers are among the 44 nominees for the 2004 Auto Racing All-America team, officials with the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association announced on Nov. 27.
2004 IRL IndyCar® Series champion Tony Kanaan and IndyCar Series standouts Dan Wheldon and Buddy Rice are nominated in the Open Wheel category. 2004 IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series champion Thiago Medeiros was nominated in the At Large category.
Members of AARWBA will vote from among six drivers named in each of seven categories -- Open Wheel, Stock Car, Road Racing, Drag Racing, Short Track, Touring Series and At Large. Two drivers from each category will be named to the first team and will be honored at the annual AARWBA banquet Jan. 15 in Pomona, Calif.
The winner of the Jerry Titus Award, the driver earning the most votes in the balloting regardless of category, also will be announced at the banquet.
The balloting also determines a second team of the drivers placing third and fourth in each category, and honorable mentions of drivers receiving at least 5 percent of the vote. AARWBA members have annually chosen an All-America Auto Racing Team since 1970.
3. Hornish-Autographed RC Car Prize For Sweepstakes: A radio controlled car autographed by two-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr., is the grand prize in a sweepstakes sponsored by RC Driver Magazine.
Hornish raced the Team Associated TC3 in the RC Driver Indy Challenge on May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He won the race, which also featured 2004 Menards Infiniti Pro Seres champion Thiago Medeiros, 2003 IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, Alex Barron, Felipe Giaffone and 2003 Menards Infiniti Pro Series champion Mark Taylor.
A t-shirt signed by the participating drivers is also among the prizes which will be given away.
The IRL IndyCar Series opens its 10th season of competition with the Toyota Indy 300 at 2 p.m. (EST) 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. The race will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 4 p.m. on March 17.