IRL: Indy Racing League news and notes 2005-08-17

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Aug. 17, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. Honda closing in on manufacturer's crown 2. Hornishs serve as chairpersons of CARA event 1. Honda closing in on manufacturer's crown: With a victory this weekend in...

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Aug. 17, 2005

Today's IRL headlines
1. Honda closing in on manufacturer's crown
2. Hornishs serve as chairpersons of CARA event

1. Honda closing in on manufacturer's crown: With a victory this weekend in the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Honda will clinch its second consecutive IndyCar Series engine manufacturer's title.

Honda leads Toyota by 19 points (106-87) entering this weekend's event in Colorado.

The championship could cap a special weekend for Honda, which in addition to being the title sponsor of this weekend's event also will be commemorating the 10th anniversary of its first Indy-style victory.

Andre Ribeiro, who won the race in Aug. 1995, and Tasman Motorsports team owners, Steve and Christine Horne, will be the guests of Honda throughout the race weekend.

The Hornes also played a key role in the development of current IndyCar Series standouts Tony Kanaan, Bryan Herta and Helio Castroneves.

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2. Hornishs serve as chairpersons of CARA event: Two-time IndyCar® Series champion Sam Hornish Jr., and his wife, Crystal, will join California Highway Patrol commissioner Mike Brown as the honorary chairpersons for this year's CARA Charities "Raceway Rendezvous" on Friday, Oct. 14, at California Speedway, site of this year's IndyCar Series finale, the Toyota Indy 400.

The third annual charity extravaganza, located in California Speedway's Turn 4 parking lot, will have a western theme this year. The Toyota Hospitality Center will be transformed into "Miss Kitty's Saloon" and will give racing fans the chance to donate money to needy causes as well as meet the top IndyCar Series drivers, team owners, officials and sponsors in a night of fun.

Hornish, driver of the No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Toyota-powered Dallara, and his wife have been constant supporters of CARA Charities and its many fundraising events including the annual CARA Indy 500 Fashion Show.

"Both Crystal and I are honored to be the co-chairperson's of CARA's annual end-of-year fundraiser, Raceway Rendezvous," said Hornish. "CARA is a vital part of the racing community and they support many worthwhile causes, and we're just glad that we can help them out. We've attended this event each year, and we always have a great time. I'm sure this year will be no different." *** The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the Honda Indy 225 on at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. 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). ESPN2's telecast of the Bluegrass 100 will be shown at 5 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 18. The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the Pikes Peak 100 on Aug. 21 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. It will be telecast at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 25.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Mike Brown , Andre Ribeiro , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske