IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League notebook 2004-09-24

Today's IRL headlines 1. Barron, Carpenter Have Busy Pre-Race Schedule: 2. Britton returns to Access Motorsports 3. Plenty Of Opportunities For Autographs At California 4. Schmidt Foundation Appoints New CEO 1. Barron, Carpenter Have Busy...

Today's IRL headlines
1. Barron, Carpenter Have Busy Pre-Race Schedule:
2. Britton returns to Access Motorsports
3. Plenty Of Opportunities For Autographs At California
4. Schmidt Foundation Appoints New CEO

1. Barron, Carpenter Have Busy Pre-Race Schedule: Red Bull Cheever Racing driver Alex Barron's return to his home in Southern California will be filled with several activities promoting the Oct. 3 Toyota Indy 400 IRL IndyCar® Series race at California Speedway.

"There's a lot going on, for sure," Barron said. "I think they keep adding stuff on. I try to spend as much of my time getting all of the promotional stuff done before the weekend starts."

On Sept. 27, Barron, driver of the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, will join the Los Angeles Dodgers for batting practice and the game against the Colorado Rockies.

The next morning Barron will open up his Menifee, Calif., home to host a private tour for National Geographic. Later that day, Barron and his teammate Ed Carpenter will earn their wings at Perris Valley Skydive as they fly through a wind tunnel under the instruction of the Red Bull Air Force Team.

"We were going to sky dive with the team, but they decided it wasn't the best thing to do before the race," Barron said.

Barron and Carpenter head to Temecula, Calif. on Sept. 29 for a Red Bull Cheever Racing party which includes a hot rod show, go-karting challenge and a barbecue.

Also included in the week leading up to the race are appearances at Loma Linda Children's Hospital, Father Phil De Rea's farewell party, the IRL Autograph Session and the CARA Charities Beach Blanket Bash with Barron playing in the volleyball game and Carpenter participating in the limbo contest.

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2. Britton returns to Access Motorsports: Jeff Britton has returned to Access Motorsports as race engineer for the No. 13 Access Motorsports Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone driven by Mark Taylor.

Britton, the team's original race engineer when it was formed in 2003, has spent much of this season working for Mo Nunn Racing.

Yoshi Iwashita, who has been with Mo Nunn Racing's engineering staff for the last two seasons, has assumed the race engineer role for the No. 12 Pioneer Mo Nunn Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone driven by Tora Takagi.

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3. Plenty Of Opportunities For Autographs At California: In preparations for the Toyota Indy 400 weekend at California Speedway, two autograph sessions will be held next week.

Fans are invited to attend the SpeedFreaks kick-off party at GameWorks in Ontario, Calif., on Sept. 30 or the Fontana Cruise Night on Oct.1 to meet their favorite IRL IndyCar Series and IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series drivers.

The SpeedFreaks Kick-Off Party at GameWorks in the Ontario Mills Mall begins at 7 p.m. Lugg Nuttz, Statt Mann Caruthers and Crash Gladys, will join Kenny Sargent for a fun time of games, prizes and more. The autograph session will take place from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Drivers scheduled to appear include: Buddy Rice, Helio Castroneves, Sam Hornish Jr., Scott Dixon, Darren Manning, Tony Kanaan, Thiago Medeiros, Al Unser, Alex Barron, Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV, Felipe Giaffone, Vitor Meira, Tora Takagi, Mark Taylor, P.J. Chesson, James Chesson, Phil Giebler and Marty Roth.

The Fontana Cruise Night will take place at the intersection of Arrow Highway and Nuevo Avenue at 6 p.m. Hundreds of classic cars, hot rods and low riders will be on display during this event as well as the IRL Fan Experience Pit Stop Challenge. The IRL drivers autograph session will take place from 6-7 p.m. Drivers scheduled to appear include: Adrian Fernandez, Dario Franchitti, Townsend Bell, Bryan Herta, Kosuke Matsuura and Tomas Scheckter of the IndyCar Series and Paul Dana and Taylor Fletcher of the Menards Infiniti Pro Series.

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4. Schmidt Foundation Appoints New CEO: The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation has appointed Ida Cahill as its new President/CEO. The foundation was started by IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series owner Sam Schmidt to help individuals overcome spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses by facilitating scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technology advances.

"This is a real testament to the growth of the foundation to have such a qualified person accept this leadership role," Schmidt said. "We have been searching for just the right individual to lead our organization through its next level of growth. Ida has such an impressive background, is passionate about our mission and is extremely motivated to lead us into the future."

Cahill has more than 20 years of executive management experience in both non-profit and corporate environments. She has worked with White House and high-level State Department personnel, and served as CEO of Cybis Porcelains. She has served with several national non-profit organizations including The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.

"I met Sam several years ago and was immediately impressed by his depth of courage, faith and business acumen," Cahill said. "He is an inspiration to those of us without a disability and especially to those with a disability. He works tirelessly managing his racing teams, speaking on behalf of spinal cord injury research and holding 'Day at the Races' programs throughout the country. This important program offers people with spinal cord injuries hope, encouragement and the ability to once again see the future with renewed confidence and without fear. It is truly an honor and a thrill for me to be associated with such a wonderful organization and to have the opportunity to lead it to new levels of growth and promise."

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The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season continues with the Toyota Indy 400 at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 3 at California Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network. The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series event is the California 100 at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 2 at California Speedway. The race will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 7.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Mark Taylor , Darren Manning , Felipe Giaffone , Helio Castroneves , A.J. Foyt IV , Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , Bryan Herta , Alex Barron , Townsend Bell , Sam Schmidt , Buddy Rice , James Chesson , Marty Roth , Paul Dana , Taylor Fletcher , P.J. Chesson , Ed Carpenter , Al Unser , Mo Nunn , Thiago Medeiros , Vitor Meira