IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2005-08-09

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Aug. 9, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. Foyt puts a bowtie on his car 2. Giving it the old triathlon try 1. Foyt puts a bowtie on his car: Beginning with the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300, the No. 14 ABC Supply...

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Aug. 9, 2005

Today's IRL headlines
1. Foyt puts a bowtie on his car
2. Giving it the old triathlon try

1. Foyt puts a bowtie on his car: Beginning with the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300, the No. 14 ABC Supply Co. Dallara driven by A.J. Foyt IV will be powered by the Chevrolet Indy V-8.

"We're not satisfied with the performance, so we're making a change to Chevrolet," team owner A.J. Foyt said about the move from Toyota.

A.J. Foyt Racing joins the three-car entry of Panther Racing as the only cars in the field for the Kentucky Speedway race powered by Chevrolet. In his past six events, Pennzoil Panther Racing driver Tomas Scheckter has posted five top-5 finishes, including a victory at Texas Motor Speedway, and has started from the front two rows five times.

Foyt has one top-10 finish (the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he was ninth).

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2. Giving it the old triathlon try: So how did reigning IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan and 2003 series champion Scott Dixon spend their only off weekend in seven? By competing in triathlons of course.

Kanaan won his classification while competing in the 14th Annual Huntington's Disease 2005 Triathlon in Key Biscayne, Fla.

"I have been training since the first of the year to compete in a triathlon and feel like I'm at the top of my fitness right now," said Kanaan, who swam one-quarter mile in the Atlantic Ocean, rode 13 miles on a bike and ran 3 miles. "Physically, the training that you do for a triathlon is very similar to that which I do for racing. Now, when I'm ready to retire, maybe I will have another career which involves swimming, running and riding a bike."

Dixon finished first in his age group and eighth overall in the Indiana Downs Triathlon in Shelbyville, Ind., in which he competed in a half-mile swim, 16½-mile bike ride and 3-mile run. It was his second triathlon in Indiana in a month.

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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. The season finale of "The Fast Life" airs at noon (EDT) on Aug. 14 on ESPN2.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , A.J. Foyt IV , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , A.J. Foyt
Teams Panther Racing