IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2005-08-04

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Aug. 4, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. ABC Sports' coverage of Firestone Indy 400 shows 63 percent increase: 2. Hawk to serve as grand marshal for season-finale 1. ABC Sports' coverage of Firestone Indy 400...

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Aug. 4, 2005

Today's IRL headlines
1. ABC Sports' coverage of Firestone Indy 400 shows 63 percent increase:
2. Hawk to serve as grand marshal for season-finale

1. ABC Sports' coverage of Firestone Indy 400 shows 63 percent increase: ABC Sports' coverage of the IRL IndyCar® Series' Firestone Indy 400 showed a 63 percent increase over ABC's coverage of the 2004 race.

The July 31 broadcast earned a 1.3 rating and a 3 share (1,387,000 households). In 2004, the race drew a 0.8/2. The national rating is the highest rating for a Michigan race in the four-year history of the event.

The race also posted the highest demographic performance among Men 18-49, Men 25-54, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54.

Bryan Herta claimed his first victory of the season in the race, edging his Andretti Green Racing teammate Dan Wheldon, the series point leader, for his first victory in more than two years.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. Share is the percent of households or persons using television at the time the program is airing and who are watching a particular program.

ABC's race coverage of the IndyCar Series continues on Aug. 14 with the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 from Kentucky Speedway.

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2. Hawk to serve as grand marshal for season-finale: California Speedway announced skateboarder Tony Hawk will serve as grand marshal for the Toyota Indy 400 on Sunday, Oct. 16 and perform a live show prior to the IndyCar Series' season finale. Hawk's appearance will add to the excitement during the IRL championship weekend.

The performance is part of the Tony Hawk's Grand Jam, and will feature the X Games champion and four other first-class action sports athletes as they perform tricks and stunts on the state-of-the-art half-pipe ramp for fans in attendance. The show will last approximately 35 minutes.

"I'm excited to be out at California Speedway for the Indy Racing League season finale," Hawk said. "Having our Grand Jam out at the IndyCar Series race will be an incredible experience for skateboarding, Action Sports and race fans."

Hawk will serve as an analyst and commentator for X Games 11 on ESPN (Aug. 4-7). As the most dominant figure in skateboarding history, Hawk was ranked as the No. 1 vertical skateboarder in the world by the National Skateboard Association for 13 consecutive years (1984-1996) and continued winning contests worldwide until he retired from competition in 1999.

"That should be very cool having the Tony Hawk show at California Speedway with the IndyCars," said Buddy Rice, 2004 Indianapolis 500 champion. "I have been into the extreme sports for a long time and have followed Tony's skateboard career. He is a legend in the sport. I still have many friends who compete in extreme sports, and I go to the X Games every year. I think the racing fans will enjoy Tony's show. I hope his fans will enjoy the IndyCar Series)action that day too. I know the racing will be good."

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The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 Presented by GPS Industries at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 14 at Kentucky Speedway. The race will be broadcast by ABC and the IMS Radio Network. The race broadcast will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 (XM Extreme). The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the Bluegrass 100 on Aug. 13 at Kentucky Speedway. The race will be telecast on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 18.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice