IRL: Indy 500: Public drivers' meeting report

PUBLIC DRIVERS' MEETING PREPARES FIELD FOR RACE DAY INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 26, 2007 -- Drivers participating in the 91st Indianapolis 500-Mile Race received final instructions and awards May 26 in the public drivers' meeting, the final ...

PUBLIC DRIVERS' MEETING PREPARES FIELD FOR RACE DAY

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 26, 2007 -- Drivers participating in the 91st Indianapolis 500-Mile Race received final instructions and awards May 26 in the public drivers' meeting, the final activity at the track before the race May 27.

The 91st Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday. The race will be broadcast live on ABC Sports, the IMS Radio Network, XM Satellite Radio channels 144 and 145 and indycar.com, with pre-race shows beginning at noon.

2006 Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. and Roger Penske, owner of Team Penske, each accepted a "Baby Borg" trophy from Bernd Matthes, president of BorgWarner Transmission Systems, for being the winning driver and car owner at the 90th Indianapolis 500.

The Baby Borg is a miniature replica of the famed Borg-Warner Trophy, which bears the bas-relief likeness, name and average speed of every Indianapolis 500 winner.

Penske received his record 14th winning car owner's ring from John Gamauf, president of Replacement Consumer Tire Sales, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire. Tim Cindric, president of Penske Performance Inc., also received a ring.

Donald Gurtner, president of the board of directors, Milk Promotion Services Of Indiana, presented a plaque with an American Dairy Association milk bottle to Hornish for his victory.

Ken Keltner of Herff Jones presented special rings to all 33 drivers who qualified for the 91st Indianapolis 500 and also presented a ring to Patrick Dempsey, who will lead the field to the green flag in the Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Pace Car.

Legendary car owner Andy Granatelli presented Mark Harder with the Unsung Hero Award.

Brian Barnhart, president of competition and operations division of the Indy Racing League, concluded the driver's meeting by discussing race rules and guidelines with the drivers. Barnhart also presented Hornish with his 2006 IndyCar Series championship ring and recognized four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt for his 50th year of competition at Indianapolis.

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Indianapolis 500 tickets on sale: Tickets are on sale for the 2007 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27, the 91st running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.

Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET) Monday-Sunday during May, with special hours of 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on Race Day, Sunday, May 27. Online orders can be made at any time. Race Day ticket prices start at just $20.

-credit: ims

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roger Penske , Patrick Dempsey , A.J. Foyt , Brian Barnhart , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske