IRL: Behind the Barriers: Kentucky

Official track distance used for determining speeds at the Kentucky Speedway is 1.48-miles. *** Sarah Fisher still holds the Kentucky Speedway track record with a lap of 221.390 mph set during qualifying in 2002. Buddy Rice earned the ...

Official track distance used for determining speeds at the Kentucky Speedway is 1.48-miles.

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Sarah Fisher still holds the Kentucky Speedway track record with a lap of 221.390 mph set during qualifying in 2002. Buddy Rice earned the pole last year after averaging 216.016 mph around the 1.5-mile speedway.

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Jaques Lazier will make his second appearance driving the No. 10 Toyota-powered Panoz for Target Team Ganassi this weekend. Lazier, who replaced Darren Manning after Milwaukee, was looking at a top ten finish at Michigan when he was caught up in a multi-car accident in turn two. He was uninjured.

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Tomas Enge will return to the No. 2 ROCKSTAR Chevrolet-powered Dallara of Panther Racing this weekend. Enge missed two races after suffering fractures to his T-12 and L-1 vertebra at Nashville Superspeedway on July 16.

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As the Technical Director for Andretti Green Racing Tino Belli stays busy developing the team's four car stable of Honda-powered Dallaras. At home Belli spends his spare time helping son Thomas develop his karting career. Thomas competed at a SIRA event at New Castle, Indiana last weekend, winning three out of the three races he entered.

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The Red Bull team will be powered by 650-horsepower Toyota engines at the Kentucky Speedway this weekend. Red Bull has sponsored human powered flight competition in the past but now focuses an event titled Red Bull Dragsterday. Thirty-two team have been selected to compete in human powered dragsters on Woodward Avenue in Detroit on September 10. Rules calls for vehicles with no less than three wheels, less than six feet wide and less than 20 feet long with at least one human occupant. The winner will be rewarded with an ultimate drag racing experience at Frank Hawley's NHRA Drag Racing School valued at $7,500. The second prize winner will spend time with Team Cheever at the 2006 Indianapolis 500. For more information visit www.redbulldragsterday.com.

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Red Bull Team Cheever driver Alex Barron did a little radio control racing on Tuesday while promoting the upcoming IndyCar Series event at Infineon Raceway and the first Indy Racing League Grand Marshall's Banquet which will be held Friday, August 26 at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, a benefit for the El Nido Teen Center in Sonoma. Barron was pitted against two teens from the center in a three race match. Although he lost the first race, Barron came back to win the final two races to win the match. Tickets for the IRL Grand Marshall's Banquet are $200 each, or $2,000 for a table of 10. In addition to Unser, the event will also feature 2004 Indianapolis 500 champion Buddy Rice and Eddie Cheever, Jr., owner of Red Bull Cheever Racing. Contact Denise Silver for more information at 707-933-3950 or dsilver@infineonraceway.com.

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Competing in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series isn't enough for Andretti Green Racing's Tony Kanaan. The Miami resident trains harder than any other IndyCar Series driver and the results are in with Kanaan winning his classification in the 14th Annual Huntington's Disease Triathlon August 7th at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Fla. "I have been training since the first of the year to compete in a triathlon and feel like I'm at the top of my fitness right now," Kanaan said. Physically, the training that you do for a triathlon is very similar to that which I do for racing. Now, when I'm ready to retire, maybe I will have another career which involves swimming, running and riding a bike." Kanaan, who drives the Team 7-11 Honda-powered Dallara, clocked a time of 8:55 seconds in the ¼-mile swim, conducted in the Atlantic Ocean, registered 33:01 seconds in the 13-mile bicycle ride and finished the 3-mile run through Crandon Park in 22:24 seconds. He had two transition times totaling 3:57 seconds for an overall time of 1:08:17 seconds.

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Scott Dixon competes in Triathlon competition too, winning his age group (21-24) at a recent event at Shelbyville, Ind. In the past month Dixon has competed in two triathlons with teammate Ryan Briscoe getting in on the fun last month. In his second event Dixon had to move to a new age group (25-29 age group) but still won his classification after finishing 8th overall.

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Checking out the sponsor decals on a car in IndyCar Series is like reading a "who's who" in technology. UGS Corp., a sponsor on all four Andretti Green Racing entries, recently announced an extension of their current PLM software license with General Motors Corporation. This agreement advances GM's PLM solutions strategy by expanding the use of UGS' PLM software and services. UGS technology currently enables GM product development, manufacturing and supplier teams to define, organize and conduct real-time design reviews with access to digital product information across all of GM's global engineering centers and to more than 1,000 supplier locations worldwide.

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Marlboro Team Penske owner Roger Penske is featured on the cover of the latest edition (August 8) of Automotive News. The page four story discusses the upswing in shareholder return at the United Auto Group. Penske took the helm of the public auto retailer in 1999.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Enge , Darren Manning , Sarah Fisher , Eddie Cheever , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Alex Barron , Buddy Rice , Ryan Briscoe , Roger Penske , Jaques Lazier
Teams Panther Racing , Team Penske