IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2005-06-06

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- June 6, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. "Side-By-Side" Retuns for Remainder of 2005 2. Kite to substitute for injured Dana at Texas 1. "Side-By-Side" Retuns for Remainder of 2005: ESPN's and ABC Sports' ...

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- June 6, 2005

Today's IRL headlines
1. "Side-By-Side" Retuns for Remainder of 2005
2. Kite to substitute for injured Dana at Texas

1. "Side-By-Side" Retuns for Remainder of 2005: ESPN's and ABC Sports' remaining 12 telecasts of the 2005 IRL IndyCar® Series season races again will feature continuous coverage of race action through all national commercial breaks through "Side-By-Side," a split screen of the race and commercials.

The popular feature, which debuted earlier this season, returns beginning with ESPN's telecast of the Bombardier Learjet 500k June 11 from Texas Motor Speedway.

"We're excited that ABC Sports and ESPN will continue to showcase the IndyCar Series in such an innovative way," said Ken Ungar, senior vice president of business affairs for the Indy Racing League. "With the IndyCar Series' blazing speed and fierce, flag-to-flag racing, this initiative will continue to give fans the opportunity to see even more of our sport."

With "Side-By-Side," ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports' coverage remains with the race action during all national commercials. When the networks take a national break:

* The screen will be split into two pictures with the race action on the left and the advertiser's commercial with audio in a larger box to the right.

* A graphic above the race box will display the top three drivers of the race at the time of the break and the location of the event.

* The sponsor logo or name will be at the top of the screen and change in correspondence to the advertiser.

The networks' local commercial breaks during the entire race telecast will be full screen with no race coverage.

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2. Kite to substitute for injured Dana at Texas: IndyCar Series veteran Jimmy Kite will drive the No. 91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone in the Bombardier 500k on June 11 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kite also substituted for injured driver Paul Dana at the 89th Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

"I'm honored that Ron (Hemelgarn) and Paul asked me to come back and run the Ethanol-Remy-Life Fitness machine," said Kite, who has three career starts at Texas Motor Speedway. "We didn't get the finish that we wanted to, or expected to, at Indy. This will give us all a chance to make up for that a little bit."

Kite will be pulling double duty at Texas as he attempts to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chex 400 as well as the IndyCar Series event.

"It'll be an awful lot of work but it should be a lot of fun too," Kite said. "Both the MRD and Ethanol Hemelgarn folks are excited about us trying this and the more I'm on a track, the happier I am. The schedule is pretty tight so I am going to be busy going from one garage to the other, jumping from the IndyCar to the Craftsman Truck and back in practice."

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The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the Bombardier LearJet 500k on June 11 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast by ESPN at 8:30 p.m. (EDT) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. The race also will be available on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 "XM Extreme." The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the Firestone 100 on June 11 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast by ESPN2 at 3 p.m. (EDT) on June 16.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Kite , Paul Dana