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Indy Racing League News and Notes -- Oct. 8, 2004 Today's IRL headlines 1. Charity Golf Tournament Set For Oct. 18 2. Medeiros Tests With Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 3. Foyt Recovering From Surgery 1. Charity Golf Tournament Set For Oct. 18:...

Indy Racing League News and Notes -- Oct. 8, 2004

Today's IRL headlines
1. Charity Golf Tournament Set For Oct. 18
2. Medeiros Tests With Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
3. Foyt Recovering From Surgery

1. Charity Golf Tournament Set For Oct. 18: The 14th annual Phil Casey Indy Racing Charity Golf Tournament presented by Firestone Racing, Spot-On Cables and Frank Weiss Machines will take place Monday, Oct. 18 at the Doral Tesoro Golf & Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

The tournament is scheduled for the day after the IRL IndyCar® Series' season-ending Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The popular event attracts players from all aspects of the Indy Racing League, including drivers, team members, corporate sponsors and fans.

Proceeds from the charity golf tournament will benefit the Pediatric Diabetes Center at Valley Children's Hospital (VCH) in Fresno, Calif., and the Racing for Kids® Foundation.

"I watched my granddaughter struggle with diabetes, and I wanted to help other kids with the disease," said Casey, the Indy Racing League's senior technical director. "I really have a soft spot for kids."

Casey's granddaughter, Jennifer Burkhart, is expected to attend the tournament for the first time in 2004. She was treated at the Pediatric Diabetes Center at VCH, and the facility has received half of the tournament proceeds since the event's inception. A second charity, chosen annually by a driver, receives the other half of the donated funds.

Former driver and current IndyCar Series team owner Robbie Buhl, a long-time tournament supporter, selected Racing for Kids to receive funds from the 2004 tournament. Buhl is national spokesperson for the foundation, which is designed to use motorsports to bring public attention and funding to health care needs of children. Racing for Kids will donate its half of the donated funds to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Casey first organized a postseason golf tournament in 1990, following the CART race at Laguna Seca, in Monterey, Calif. Since then, the annual outing has raised more than $181,000. This year, organizers are hoping to surpass the $40,000 raised at the 2003 tournament, the highest one-day total.

"I really want to thank the racers over the years for supporting this event," Casey said. "The early years proved to be a struggle just to break even, but now with enthusiastic support from the racing community, we are starting to see great results."

Casey also thanked several companies who donated items for auction and door prizes. Among them are: Andretti Green Racing, Klein Tools, Hershey, Nestle Water, Jim Beam, Rahal Letterman Racing, Miller Brewery, Phillip Morris, Emco Gears, Wright Enterprises, Honda, TAG Heuer, Bell Helmets, Simpson Race Products and Arai.

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2. Medeiros Tests With Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: Recently crowned IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series champion Thiago Medeiros tested an IRL IndyCar® Series car for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing on Oct. 8 at Kentucky Speedway.

Medeiros, who has won a record seven poles and five races in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series on his way to the title, had previously tested with Patrick Racing. He passed his IRL rookie test at Chicago in August.

"The test went really well," he said. "We did 192 laps. We were working on setups, playing with setups, learning more about the car. We ran some pit stop simulations so I could get some experience with pit stops and driving on cold tires.

"I put up some good lap times, and was very consistent. Overall, the test went very well. I'm really happy to have had my second test in an IndyCar Series car. I hope to get some more opportunities soon and hope that those help me get a ride for the 2005 season.

"It's been a solid year in the Pro Series, thanks to the preparation of my team (Sam Schmidt Motorsports), but I want to keep planning for the future."

Last month, Michael Koehane became the first Irish driver to sample an IndyCar Series car, taking the wheel of a Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car at Texas Motor Speedway. Team co-owners Dennis Reinbold and Robbie Buhl are looking to expand to a two-car team for 2005. Felipe Giaffone is the current driver of the No. 24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

"Thiago is a very talented young driver who's done an impressive job in winning the IPS championship," Reinbold said. "We hope to use this opportunity to work with him in getting some miles in the car and see where the future expansion and development of our team may take us."

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3. Foyt recovering from surgery: Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt Racing legend is recovering from surgery on Oct. 6 to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Foyt, 69, fell off some farm equipment at his ranch in Hockley, Texas, and dislocated his shoulder. A friend popped it back in place, but Foyt learned he had damaged his rotator cuff after he returned from the Oct. 3 Toyota Indy 400 in Fontana, Calif.

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The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season continues with the Chevy 500 at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 17 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ABC and the IMS Radio Network. The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series event is the Texas 100 on Oct. 16 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 17.

-irl-

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