Indy Racing League News And Notes -- 1/6/05

Today's IRL headlines
1. IndyCar Series Teams Readying For Homestead Test
2. Rice, Patrick Appear At CES Show
3. IndyCar Series Machines On Display

1. IndyCar Series Teams Readying For Homestead Test: IRL IndyCar® Series teams have returned from the holidays to begin final preparations for the 2005 season and the series' first Open Test Jan. 19-22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

A majority of IndyCar Series teams are expected to participate in the test, which will consist of two road course testing days and one day on the oval.

Teams will test the series' road-course package on the 2.21-mile road course on Jan. 19-20 before moving to the 1.5-mile, high-banked oval on Jan. 22. IndyCar Series Media Day activities will be conducted on Jan. 21.

Initial testing for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series has been changed from Jan. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which would have been the earliest test in series history, to Feb. 8 at Phoenix International Raceway.

"The offseason has been very busy and very productive for those of us involved with the Menards Infiniti Pro Series," said Roger Bailey, executive director of the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. "Our teams and manufacturers continue to feverishly prepare for the 2005 season, which will include our first races on road and street courses. We're anxious to give everyone an opportunity on track when we test at Phoenix in February."

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2. Rice, Patrick Appear At CES Show: 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice and IndyCar Series newcomer Danica Patrick will appear at the Pioneer Booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 7.

"In the past year at Rahal Letterman Racing, I've had the opportunity to meet lots of Pioneer employees as well as their dealers and distributors," Rice said. "They've been great fans, coming out to a lot of the races to cheer me on. I'm looking forward to seeing many of them again at this year's Consumer Electronics Show."

Pioneer will serve as co-sponsor of Rice's No. 15 Honda-powered Panoz G Force and Patrick's No. 17 Honda-powered Panoz G Force along with Argent Mortgage.

"I'm really excited to start my first season in the Indy Racing League with Rahal Letterman Racing, and I'm proud to have Pioneer's name on the side of the car. I may be new to the Pioneer team, but I can already tell that they are as committed to leading the consumer electronics industry as we are committed to leading the race," Patrick said.

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3. IndyCar Series Machines On Display: Two IndyCar Series cars will be prominently displayed at auto shows this weekend.

The race car that carried Dan Wheldon to his first IndyCar Series victory will be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show beginning Jan. 7.

A Team Penske IndyCar Series car will be on display Jan. 7-9 at the Kentucky Speedway booth at the Cavalcade of Customs Auto Show at the Cincinnati Convention Center.

*** The IRL IndyCar Series opens its 10th season of competition with the Toyota Indy 300 at 2 p.m. (EST) on March 6, 2005 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network. The 2005 Menards Infiniti Pro Series season also opens on March 6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 4 p.m. (EST) on March 17.

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