Public drivers' meeting prepares field for race day. IndianapoliS, Saturday, May 24, 2003 -- IRL IndyCar Series drivers participating in the 87th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race received final instructions and awards May 24 in the public drivers' ...
Public drivers' meeting prepares field for race day.
IndianapoliS, Saturday, May 24, 2003 -- IRL IndyCar Series drivers participating in the 87th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race received final instructions and awards May 24 in the public drivers' meeting, the final activity at the track before the race May 25.
The 87th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (EST) Sunday. The race will be broadcast live on ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network.
Two-time defending champion Helio Castroneves and Marlboro Team Penske owner Roger Penske each accepted a "Baby Borg" trophy from Lee Wilson from BorgWarner, Inc., for being the winning driver and car owner at the 2002 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.
Donald Gurtner, chairman of the Directors of Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, presented a plaque with an American Dairy Association milk bottle to Castroneves for his win last year.
Castroneves accepted the 2003 MBNA Pole Award from Dave Dworksy, vice president of MBNA. Castroneves won the MBNA Pole on May 11 with a four-lap average of 231.725 mph in his No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone.
Delco Remy President and CEO Thomas J. Snider and NASA astronaut David Wolf, a native of Indianapolis, presented special rings to each of the 33 starters. Castroneves then presented a special portrait, signed by all 33 drivers, to Wolf on behalf of the starting field.
Andy Granatelli, the two-time winning car owner known for the famous turbine-powered "whoosh mobile" cars that raced in 1967 and 1968, presented longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway public address announcer Jim Philippe with the Unsung Hero Award for Philippe's tireless work with chief announcer Tom Carnegie and the public address team at the Speedway.
Brian Barnhart, senior vice president of racing operations for the Indy Racing League, concluded the driver's meeting by discussing race rules and guidelines with the drivers.