IRL: Behind the Barriers: Homestead-Miami

The 2006 Toyota Indy 300 is the sixth IndyCar Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Buddy Rice holds the qualifying record of 217.388 mph set in March 2004. *** With the IndyCar Series, Indy Pro Series, Grand American Rolex Series and the...

The 2006 Toyota Indy 300 is the sixth IndyCar Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Buddy Rice holds the qualifying record of 217.388 mph set in March 2004.

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With the IndyCar Series, Indy Pro Series, Grand American Rolex Series and the USAC Silver Crown division competing at Homestead Miami Speedway this weekend, teams are packed tightly into the garage area. While the IndyCar Series and Grand American Rolex Series have access to the garages, the Silver Crown cars and their support equipment have been placed inside Turn four of the oval.

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Danica Patrick celebrates her 24th birthday on Saturday, March 25.

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As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum a new exhibit was unveiled recently featuring the recreation of a 1956-era Gasoline Alley garage. Anchoring the exhibit is the No. 8 John Zink Special Watson/Offy roadster that was driven to victory by Pat Flaherty in the 1956 500. The exhibit also features tools, promotional materials and other items that would have been found in the garage area in 1956.

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Celebrating its 5th Anniversary November 2-5, 2006, the Hilton Head Concours has chosen the Cars of Indiana as this year's Honored Marque. Duesenbergs, Auburns and Cords plus Indianapolis 500 race cars will be featured when the weekend-long event kicks off with practice for Vintage Track Day at Roebling Road Raceway on Thursday, November 2. Vintage Track Day will span two full days with the exhibition day offering hot laps and an Indy 500 reunion on Friday, November 3.

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Michael Andretti made an appearance at the Doral, Florida Circuit city store on Thursday afternoon. Appearing on behalf of Vonage, the internet phone company, Andretti spent two hours signing autographs and answering questions about his return to the cockpit at the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.

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Gene Simmons, whose marketing company was recently hired to attract attention to the Indy Racing League, was recently named Grand Marshall of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Grand Prix next weekend. Simmons will wave the checkered flag when the Indy Car Series competes on the streets of St. Petersburg on Sunday, April 2. "After meeting Gene earlier this year, his energy, passion and excitement for IndyCar racing was clearly evident," said Kevin Savoree, managing director of the Honda Grand Prix for Andretti Green Promotions. "Having him in St. Pete should be a great thrill for all the fans and should bring an even greater buzz to our event."

IndyCar Series sponsor and manufacturer news:

Shoshi Arakawa, Executive Vice President of Bridgestone Corp was recently named to become Bridgestone's President and CEO on March 30. Arakawa has been in Japan since 2004 where has been responsible for international operations. He was the head of Bridgestone's European subsidiary in Brussels from 2001 to 2004.

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Introduced in January at the North American Automobile Show at Detroit, the all new 2006 Honda Fit is scheduled to arrive at dealerships on April 20. American Honda Motor Co. announced on Monday a suggested retail price of $13,850 for the new subcompact. The Fit Sport model with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters is available starting at $15,970.

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BorgWarner has opened a new operation in Ningbo, China for the assembly of turbochargers and transmission solenoids. The manufacturing facility is the first of several operations planned for a campus that comprises BorgWarner Automotive Components (Ningbo) Co., Ltd., the company's wholly foreign-owned enterprise in the Ningbo Yinzhou industrial zone. A new office building there houses employees of BorgWarner Turbo & Emissions Systems, BorgWarner Morse TEC and BorgWarner Transmission Systems, as well as a Shared Services group of finance, information technology and human resources professionals who will support all of BorgWarner's business units in China.

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Delphi announced Monday that it has offering a highly technical subsystem that combines components of five subsystems into one convenient package. Available for the 2009 product line, Delphi's Steel Hybrid Cross-car Beam integrates the cross-car structure, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) ducting and case support, airbag system, steering column and electrical component supports into one beam made of steel overmolded with plastic. "We were able to develop, prototype, test and manufacture the Steel Hybrid Cross-car Beam completely in-house. It is on-the-shelf technology we are offering to our customers and we're confident they will see its clear value proposition." said Lon Offenbacher, global business line executive cockpits and integrated closure systems, Delphi Thermal and Interior.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Pat Flaherty , Buddy Rice , Danica Patrick