IRL: Atlanta Classic 500 General Information

Atlanta 500 Classic schedule: The inaugural Atlanta 500 Classic presented by MCI starts at 9 p.m. Aug. 29. Pep Boys IRL drivers will race 208 laps on the 1.54-mile quad-oval. Georgia Power Pole Night qualifying for the PPG Pole starts at 6:30...

Atlanta 500 Classic schedule: The inaugural Atlanta 500 Classic presented by MCI starts at 9 p.m. Aug. 29. Pep Boys IRL drivers will race 208 laps on the 1.54-mile quad-oval.

Georgia Power Pole Night qualifying for the PPG Pole starts at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Practice sessions are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Aug. 27, 3:45 p.m. Aug. 28 and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

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Broadcast schedule: The Atlanta 500 Classic presented by MCI will be televised live on TNN at 9 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 29. Georgia Power Pole Night qualifying for the PPG Pole will be televised live on SpeedVision at 6 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 28.

The IMS Radio Network will broadcast the race live at 9 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 29, with a prerace show starting at 8:30 p.m.

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For the fans: Fans can meet some of their favorite Pep Boys Indy Racing League drivers during public appearances in the Atlanta area leading up to the Atlanta 500 Classic presented by MCI on Aug. 29.

The crews of 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. and Scott Goodyear will square off in a pit-stop competition at noon Aug. 26 at CNN Center in downtown Atlanta. Pep Boys will donate $1,000 to the winning team's designated charity. Team Cheever will seek revenge against the Pennzoil Panther team, which swept Team Cheever in a similar competition during mid-July in downtown Philadelphia.

Attending the event will be Cheever, Goodyear, fellow Pep Boys Indy Racing League drivers Sam Schmidt, Davey Hamilton, Stan Wattles and John Paul Jr., and three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford. The competition will be followed by an autograph session until 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

CNN Center is located at Marietta Street and Techwood Drive.

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From 7-9 p.m. Aug. 26, fans are welcome to attend a special party for Pep Boys Indy Racing League drivers at SpeedZone in Kennesaw, Ga.

Drivers planning to attend include Billy Boat, Raul Boesel, Robbie Buhl, Buzz Calkins, Mark Dismore, Stephan Gregoire, Andy Michner, John Paul Jr., points leader Scott Sharp, Robby Unser, Stan Wattles and Jeff Ward.

Also that night, driver Scott Goodyear will appear at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Atlanta.

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Atlanta 500 Classic tickets: Tickets for the Atlanta 500 Classic presented by MCI are available by calling Atlanta Motor Speedway at (770) 946-4211.

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World Wide Web: http://www.indyracingleague.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buzz Calkins , Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Stephan Gregoire , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Raul Boesel , Sam Schmidt , Stan Wattles , Robby Unser , John Paul , Johnny Rutherford