IRL: Comments about Indy 500 new schedule, format

What they're saying about 2005 Indianapolis 500 Schedule, Format INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004 -- Quotes from selected Indy Racing League team owners and manufacturers about the schedule for the 2005 Indianapolis 500, which was unveiled...

What they're saying about 2005 Indianapolis 500 Schedule, Format

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004 -- Quotes from selected Indy Racing League team owners and manufacturers about the schedule for the 2005 Indianapolis 500, which was unveiled Sept. 14 and features exciting new changes:

A.J. FOYT (Owner, A.J. Foyt Enterprises, five-time Indianapolis 500 winner as driver or owner): "I think the changes Tony's (George) made for the Indy 500 next year will be good. Locking in just 11 grid positions on each qualifying day will make each day important. I think it will draw more attention to qualifying throughout the month and make it a lot more interesting for the race fans, media and the race teams. I like the idea of moving Carb Day to Friday because it's closer to the race so you have a little better idea of what the weather will be like on Race Day. As for starting the race an hour later, it's probably good for TV and for the sponsors, but it makes it a little bit tougher on the drivers and crews because they're so anxious to get started. Times are changing, and you have to change along with them. I think Tony continues to show why he is so successful. He's not afraid to shake things up to make them better for everyone. He did it with when he added the Brickyard 400 and the Formula One race, and now he's changing the qualifying (format) for the Indy 500. I think it's good, and I'm glad to see it."

SCOTT GOODYEAR (IndyCar Series analyst, ABC Sports/ESPN, 11-time Indianapolis 500 starter): "I'm excited with the new format of Indianapolis 500 qualifying. The usual drama and excitement reserved for Bump Day now is there not only for the drivers but for the fans on all four qualifying days. There will be a lot more pressure on the drivers and team during their participation in qualifying."

KELLY LAFERRIERE (Vice president, programming and acquisitions, ESPN): "We are pleased to see the changes to the Month of May lineup, including the new qualifying format and Carb Day now on Friday. We work closely with the League to enhance the schedule and grow the audiences. This is one example of that."

ROGER PENSKE (Chairman, Penske Racing, Inc., 13-time Indianapolis 500-winning team): "Although these changes move away from tradition, things evolve. I see it every day in other sports and in the business world. By shortening on-track activity, the Speedway has effectively reduced the costs it takes to compete in the 2005 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. I am excited about the change in format for qualifying as it affords teams interested in trying for the pole several opportunities to do so. The new format will also increase interest among the fans as the competition for the pole, and the first 11 spots, will be wide open until the gun is fired at 6 p.m. Moving Carb Day to Friday provides the fans and our customers one additional day of activities at the Speedway when they arrive for race weekend. I think the move continues to position Carb Day as one of the most entertaining days in all of motorsports."

AL SPEYER (Motorsports executive director, Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC): "Overall, we're very pleased with the changes and looking forward to seeing how they play out next May. Firestone was there for the very first Indy 500, so tradition is as important to us as it is to anyone, but sometimes change is good, and in our view these are very positive changes. IMS has taken a good, long look at the format and made adjustments which we think will make the event as a whole more exciting for the fans, and that's certainly what we're all continually working toward."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt
Teams A.J. Foyt Enterprises , Team Penske