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INDYCAR SERIES NEWS AND NOTES -- May 1, 2007 Today's IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series headlines 1. Giebler, Lazier join Indy 500 field 2. 2006 Indy 500 coverage earns Sports Emmy 1. Giebler, Lazier join Indy 500 field: Phil Giebler will make...

INDYCAR SERIES NEWS AND NOTES -- May 1, 2007

Today's IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series headlines
1. Giebler, Lazier join Indy 500 field
2. 2006 Indy 500 coverage earns Sports Emmy

1. Giebler, Lazier join Indy 500 field: Phil Giebler will make his IndyCar Series debut in the biggest race of the year.

The Indy Pro Series graduate will team with veteran Jaques Lazier to compete for Playa Del Racing in the 91st Indianapolis 500 on May 27.

"It's an amazing feeling," said Giebler, who passed his Indy Racing League rookie test April 23 at Kentucky Speedway. "I've wanted to do this for years. I got the opportunity to do the Indy Pro Series car with Playa Del Racing (at St. Petersburg), and we hit it off great. Everybody wanted to do the same thing -- go to Indy. That really came up fast for me.

"It's the biggest race, the Super Bowl of racing. It's an amazing feeling. I just hope to do well and bring home a good result for the team."

Giebler will drive the No. 31 Playa Del Racing Panoz/Honda/Firestone and Lazier will drive the No. 21 entry. Giebler will participate in the Rookie Orientation Program at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 6-7.

"Leading up to the (rookie) test, I couldn't wait to get in the car and see what the IndyCar Series car is all about," said Giebler, who won at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2004 in his Indy Pro Series debut. "I was real impressed with the car and with the Playa Del Racing team."

Giebler, a former Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IndyCar Series champion, also has competed in F3000 and represented America in the A1GP series.

"I am really excited to get the chance go to the next level with a team like Playa Del Racing," he said. "I know these guys are going to put together a solid car for me, and I'm going to have the opportunity to work with a stellar veteran teammate in Jaques Lazier."

Lazier will be making his third consecutive appearance behind the wheel of the Playa Del Racing car and hopes to make his seventh overall appearance in the 500-Mile Race (he relieved Robby Gordon in 2004). In 2006, he advanced seven positions to finish 17th. He posted a career-best Indianapolis 500 finish of 13th in 2000.

"I am very excited to be back for my third 500 with Playa Del Racing," Lazier said. "Due to the fact that I have been with the team since its inception, the relationship between myself and the crew are second to none. The communication process has always been one of our strongest points."

Clark Drake returns as chief mechanic and Mike Colliver is back as the team engineer. Lazier's primary car sponsor is the Indiana Ice, an amateur hockey team.

"Mike is an incredible engineer," said Lazier, who will again compete against his brother Buddy (Sam Schmidt Motorsports) in the Indianapolis 500. "He was with us in our '05 campaign, and having Mike back where he belongs is going to be an outstanding improvement."

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2. 2006 Indy 500 coverage earns Sports Emmy: For the second-straight year, ABC's coverage of the Indianapolis 500 earned a Sports Emmy Award.

The Indianapolis 500 coverage was recognized for the Outstanding Open/Tease, which featured several drivers meshed with historical footage from the race's 90-year history.

Executive Producers John Skipper, Norby Williamson, Jed Drake, Mike Pearl and Bob Toms were recognized along with Senior Coordinating Producer Rich Feinberg, Coordinating Producer Jill Frederickson, Producers Shawn Murphy and Chris Pfeiffer and Editor Chris Reinhart.

*** The 2007 IndyCar Series season continues with the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 at 1 p.m. (ET) on May 27. The race will be telecast live by ABC and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. 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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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Robby Gordon , Sam Schmidt , Phil Giebler , Chris Pfeiffer , Shawn Murphy , Jaques Lazier
Teams Williams