IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2007-04-09

Today's IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series headlines 1. Meira to drive for Brazil in China event 2. Herb plans on more IndyCar Series events 3. Hornish featured in DUB magazine 1. Meira to drive for Brazil in China event: IndyCar Series ...

Today's IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series headlines
1. Meira to drive for Brazil in China event
2. Herb plans on more IndyCar Series events
3. Hornish featured in DUB magazine

1. Meira to drive for Brazil in China event: IndyCar Series driver Vitor Meira will race for Team Brazil in this weekend's A1GP round at Shanghai, China.

Brazil's team boss and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi chose the Panther Racing driver due to his experience, although Meira admitted to being surprised by the offer.

"It was an unexpected invitation to run with Team Brazil in Shanghai, but I accepted with pleasure," Meira said. "I've been following A1GP as much as I can, and the series has quite a bit of interest in the USA. It will be an honor to represent my country."

Meira won't be the only IndyCar Series driver racing on the off-weekend before the series heads to Twin Ring Motegi for its only international event.

Dario Franchitti is slated to drive Andretti Green Racing's prototype during the American Le Mans Series event at Long Beach.

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2. Herb plans on more IndyCar Series events: Jon Herb is looking beyond the 91st Indianapolis 500.

The owner-driver of the No. 19 Racing Professionals Dallara/Honda/Firestone said, "We have made a commitment to enter a team in three races -- the Indy 500 and two additional races."

Depending on sponsorship, Racing Professionals could expand its IndyCar Series schedule.

In 2001, Herb started 18th and finished 27th in the Indianapolis 500 in a Tri Star Motorsports car. Racing Professionals submitted an entry for the 500-Mile Race two weeks ago.

Herb lives in Orlando, Fla., where he is head of AERCON Industries' residential marketing group. The company manufacturers a lightweight concrete construction product for commercial and residential projects.

Racing Professional was formed in 2002, with Herb competing in six IndyCar Series races. In 2004-06, Herb made 23 starts in the Indy Pro Series (one victory and 15 top-10 finishes) in an AERCON-sponsored car.

Herb also has raced in the U.S. F2000, ARCA, Star Mazda, and USAC Silver Crown and Midget series.

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3. Hornish featured in DUB magazine: When not at the racetrack, three-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. can often be found in his 5,400-square-foot garage in Defiance, Ohio, working on his car collection.

Hornish's collection, which includes a 2006 Acura RL, a 2005 GMC Sierra, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, a 1955 Chevrolet Del Ray, a 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV, a 1977 Kenworth W900 semi truck, and the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z-06 that he received for winning the 2006 Indianapolis 500, is featured in this month's issue of DUB Magazine, an automotive style publication. Also featured are Hornish's custom motorcoach and his Harley Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle.

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The 2007 IndyCar Series season continues with the Indy Japan 300 at 11:30 p.m. (ET) on April 20. It will by broadcast live by the IMS Radio Network with a same-day telecast at noon (ET) by ESPN. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPN Deportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio and www.indycar.com. The sixth season of Indy Pro Series competition continues with the Freedom 100 on May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast as part of ESPN2's coverage of Carb Day at 4 p.m. on May 25.

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