Competition Heats Up As Race Teams Prepare For Chili Cookoff At Texas Motor Speedway
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 7, 2004) -- If the competition on the track isn't hot enough, Indy Racing League IndyCar Seriesâ teams will take it to a new level with the first IRL Texas Chili Cook-Off presented by Pioneer on Friday night, Oct. 15 in the infield competitor RV area of Texas Motor Speedway.
Pioneer is sponsoring the season ending event that will have some of the best drivers in the world behind a stove instead of a steering wheel.
"Chili cook-offs and Texas go hand in hand," said speedway president Eddie Gossage. "We think it's a great idea, although I'm not sure I want to be a judge for this thing. I'm thinking some of these guys are probably better drivers than cooks."
Each race team may enter one team into the chili competition. 2004 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice and Team Rahal were the first official entrants. Even recently retired Al Unser Jr. will take part, entering his grandmother's famous recipe for "Mom Unser's Chili" which was once an Indy 500 tradition.
"This is a great way to end a really 'hot' season. Who knows, it may turn out to be the first of many chili cook-offs at Texas Motor Speedway," said Susan Harrison, spokesperson for mobile entertainment at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "In case fans don't like Buddy's chili, I'm certain Pioneer's navigation system can locate a great chili restaurant somewhere in Texas!"
The closed event, which will serve as the season ending party for teams, series officials and special invitees, will include live music and prizes. The event is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. following qualifying for the Chevy 500k. The judges will tally their votes with the winners being announced at 8 p.m.