INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Sept. 19, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. Giebler to fill Drake's seat at Watkins Glen 2. IRL community raises funds for charity 1. Giebler to fill Drake's seat at Watkins Glen: Phil Giebler, a veteran road...
INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Sept. 19, 2005
Today's IRL headlines
1. Giebler to fill Drake's seat at Watkins Glen
2. IRL community raises funds for charity
1. Giebler to fill Drake's seat at Watkins Glen: Phil Giebler, a veteran road racer and former winner in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series, will drive the No. 20 Vision Racing entry in the Corning 100 at Watkins Glen International on Sept. 25.
Giebler will fill in for Jay Drake, who is tied for sixth in points with Chris Festa and Jon Herb. Drake, the reigning USAC National Sprint Car champion, is only 26 points out of first on the sprint car circuit.
"It was difficult to make the decision to turn the reins of the No. 20 Vision Racing entry over to another driver for this weekend's events at Watkins Glen," said Drake, who has five top-five finishes in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series this season. "We've been in a situation where there have been conflicting events a couple of times this year. At this point in the season, we needed to make a decision that would be beneficial for both teams.
"While both series are extremely important to my racing career, I am in contention to win a second USAC National Sprint Car Series title and feel that I should focus on my commitment to the Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises team. I'm looking forward to returning to the No. 20 team at California Speedway in October."
Giebler brings both a strong history of road-course racing and a familiarity with the Menards Infiniti Pro Series cars to the Vision Racing team.
The 25-year-old Oxnard, Calif., native competed for five seasons in formula cars in Europe before racing in seven Menards Infiniti Pro Series events last season. Giebler won the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway and recorded three additional top-five finishes.
"I'm really looking forward to the race," said Giebler, a three-time national karting champion. "I wanted to drive on the road courses in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series car. I'm happy for the opportunity and hope I can turn this one opportunity into a bigger opportunity for next year. I've never raced at Watkins Glen, but I'm going to ask a few of my friends who have driven there about the track, see what they know and try to get a head start on it."
Giebler also has his sights set on another national karting title. Giebler is the Eastern Division champion in the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the Indy Racing League and will contend for the national title in October in Austin, Texas.
Practice for the Corning 100 on the 11-turn, 3.37-mile circuit at Watkins Glen begins on Sept. 23. Qualifying is Sept. 24 and the 20-lap, 67.4-mile race is Sept. 25.
2. IRL community raises funds for charity: Indy Racing League founder Tony George, IRL President and Chief Operating Officer Brian Barnhart, two-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. and IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter were joined by 50 other motorcyclists on the first Indy Racing Ride on Sept. 17.
Nearly 80 members of the IRL community, representing several IndyCar Series and Menards Infinti Pro Series teams and officials from the league and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, participated in the charity ride from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Nashville, Ind. The ride concluded with a lap around the 2.5-mile oval at the Speedway.
Nearly $700 was raised for "The Posse," a not-for-profit group which designs programs to protect children from abuse.
3. Of note: Danica Patrick posted a 7-7 record as the Indianapolis Star's guest picker in Week 2 of NFL action. Patrick, who leads the chase for the Bombardier Rookie of the Year, can improve on her record in Monday's contests. She has picked Dallas and the New York Giants. --Ryan Briscoe was released from Methodist Hospital on Sept. 19, eight days after suffering multiple injuries in a racing accident at Chicagoland Speedway.
The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix Presented by Argent Mortgage at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 25 at Watkins Glen International. The race will be broadcast by ABC and the IMS Radio Network. The race broadcast also will be carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 (XM Extreme). The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the Corning 100 on Sept. 25 at Watkins Glen International. It will be telecast by ESPN2 at 3 p.m. on Sept. 29.