IRL: Indianapolis Motor Speedway notebook 2004-02-23

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Notebook IRL season-opener party at Brickyard Crossing; Fans can order IMS box lunches online INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 23, 2004 -- A party to celebrate the start of the 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series season...

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Notebook
IRL season-opener party at Brickyard Crossing; Fans can order IMS box lunches online

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 23, 2004 -- A party to celebrate the start of the 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series season will take place Sunday, Feb. 29 at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort & Inn at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the ESPN telecast of the Toyota Indy 300.

There is no cost for admission for the party, located in the Brickyard Crossing Pavilion. A buffet will be available for $8.95 starting at 11:30 a.m. (EST). A cash bar also is available.

The Toyota Indy 300 is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on a 9-foot by 12-foot projection screen provided by Markey's and on several large-screen televisions provided by Best Buy and Ovation.

There will be a silent auction of motorsports memorabilia and non-racing merchandise. All of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Brian's Wish Foundation and its fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Door prizes will be given away during commercials of the ABC broadcast and an IndyCar Series race car will be on display in the Pavilion.

Brickyard Crossing is on 16th Street, east of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For more information about the party, contact Brenda Stone at the Brickyard Crossing at (317) 492-2702 or bstone@brickyard.com.

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Order box lunches online: Indianapolis Motor Speedway fans can order online a delicious box lunch to eat at the track on Race Day of either the Indianapolis 500, United States Grand Prix or Brickyard 400, saving time and helping them catch every second of the action on track.

Click on the Box Lunches link at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com to order or for more information, or call (317) 492-6483 for more information.

Fans can order a lunch featuring either a ham-and-cheese sandwich or turkey-and-cheese sandwich. All box lunches include a fried chicken breast, chips, a fresh apple, baked beans, a cookie, condiments and choice of two beverages.

A reusable souvenir cooler filled with six beverages also is available for ordering online.

When ordering, fans can select the lunch pick-up location nearest their seats. Once an order has been processed, fans will receive a voucher for each lunch or cooler ordered, which they will present at their designated lunch pick-up location on Race Day during scheduled hours.

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Chevy happy with Indy plans: The IRL IndyCar Series is switching from 3.5-liter engines to 3.0-liter engines starting at the Indianapolis 500 on May 30, and Chevrolet is on target with its plans for the new powerplant.

Chevrolet is one of the three engine suppliers for the series, joining Honda and Toyota.

"The 3.0-liter engine program is on schedule," said Joe Negri, GM Racing IRL program manager. "All of the necessary components have been designed and are now being manufactured.

"We will have prototype 3.0-liter Chevy Indy V8 engines running on the dyno in the near future. The IRL has given the manufacturers an additional day of private track testing with the 3.0-liter engines, and we are aiming to have a good supply of engines for the Open Test in Indianapolis in late April. Until then, we are using computer simulation to optimize engine tuning and to accelerate the development program."

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On the air: Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and CEO Tony George will be a guest on the Speed Channel talk show "Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain" at 10 p.m. (EST) Monday, Feb. 23 -- Two-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr., who will aim for his first Indianapolis 500 victory with Marlboro Team Penske in May, is scheduled to be a guest Tuesday, Feb. 24 on the ESPN2 morning show, "Cold Pizza." The show airs from 7-9 a.m. (EST).

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Tickets: Tickets are available for all three events in 2004 at the Speedway, the 88th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 30, the United States Grand Prix on Sunday, June 20 and the 11th Brickyard 400 on Sunday, Aug. 8. For information or to purchase tickets, log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or call the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony George , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske