IRL: Carb Day Notebook

INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2002) - Notes from the 86th Indianapolis 500: American Honda Motor Co. announced this morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway their involvement in the Indy Racing League starting with the 2003 season. Honda Performance...

INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2002) - Notes from the 86th Indianapolis 500:

American Honda Motor Co. announced this morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway their involvement in the Indy Racing League starting with the 2003 season. Honda Performance Development, Inc., a subsidiary of American Honda Motors, has contracted with Ilmor Engineering to provide the newly developed Honda Indy V-8 engine.

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The winner of the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500 will receive a special limited edition Maurice Lacroix watch. Designated as the 86-200 and limited to an edition of 200, the watch has won an award in Switzerland for its movement. The watch is available in the IMS gift shop located in the museum and at fine jewelry stores across the nation

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Brian Hall, who has long suffered with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, passed away this morning in Indianapolis. Hall, who was diagnosed with the disease five years ago, was an avid Indy racing fan who was embraced by the Indy Racing League community culminating in the formation of Brian's Wish Foundation. Several drivers visited Brian at his hospice including Eddie Cheever who visited after practicing on Bump Day.

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CARA Charities will hold their 21st annual fashion show on Friday, May 24 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Elaine Irwin-Mellencamp will serve as the honorary chairperson for the event, which opens with a social hour at 11:00 a.m.

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The Indy Racing League announced today a three-year agreement with the Twin Ring Motegi, located north of Tokyo, to hold the first IRL race outside of the United States. The first race will be held in 2003 at a date to be announced later.

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Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves won the Coors Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge beating Jeff Ward's Ganassi Racing team after the Penske team changed four tires in 8.555 seconds to Ward's time of 10.3433 seconds. Penske's team received $42,500 for the win with $5,000 of that sum donated to the Indiana Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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The Indianapolis Press Club will host the 30th annual Last Row Party tonight at the Brickyard Crossing and Resort Pavilion on the grounds of the Speedway. Drivers Greg Ray, George Mack and Mark Dismore will be presented with jackets and checks for 31 cents, 32 cents and 33 cents.

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Arie Luyendyk will have two-way radio communication with ABC TV commentators on race day and will be able to speak during the parade laps and caution periods.

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The Indy Racing League requires that cars start on the same tires they used to qualify. That rule has been changed such that it no longer applies to the Indianapolis 500 and teams may start Sunday's race on new tires.

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Rick Treadway's No. 5 entry is now sponsored by Sprint. The car is now officially known as the No. 5 Sprint/Kyocera Wireless/Airlink Racing G Force.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Jeff Ward , Arie Luyendyk , Mark Dismore , Helio Castroneves , Rick Treadway , George Mack , Brian Hall
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing