IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2005-09-27

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Sept. 27, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. Wheldon IndyCar Series simulator for sale in Neiman Marcus Christmas Book 2. Ganassi team acknowledges Breast Cancer Awareness month 3. Bid for a weekend to...

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Sept. 27, 2005

Today's IRL headlines
1. Wheldon IndyCar Series simulator for sale in Neiman Marcus Christmas Book
2. Ganassi team acknowledges Breast Cancer Awareness month
3. Bid for a weekend to remember

1. Wheldon IndyCar Series simulator for sale in Neiman Marcus Christmas Book: A replica simulator of the No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Honda-powered Dallara that carried Dan Wheldon to the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and IRL IndyCar® Series titles could make the ultimate Christmas gift for a race fan.

The simulator, very similar to what racing fans see each week at IndyCar Series events, was announced today as part of the popular Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. The full-bodied car features a high-tech flat-screen monitor with stand, and is powered by the IndyCar Series 2005 XBox video game.

For the avid race fan, add the ultimate 2006 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race hospitality package for two, which includes a ride in the Indy Racing Experience two-seater.

The package also includes round-trip airfare, hotel (four nights), ground transportation and parking for the weekend, credentials and pit access, VIP seating, the chance to meet Tony George, CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® and the Indy Racing League, and IRL IndyCar® Series drivers, a behind-the-scenes tour of the ABC Sports broadcast compound with ABC Sports on-air celebrities and tickets to the Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration, plus food, beverages, and autographed IndyCar Series merchandise.

There are two price points on the ultimate racing fan gift: $65,000 for the simulator and $75,000 for the simulator and the hospitality package.

Both items are part of the "Fantasy Gifts" section of the book. Among the other items it is listed with are the Nieman Marcus limited edition Lexus GS 450H, an M400 Skycar prototype, a one-of-kind tree sculpture by artisan/builder Roderick Romero, a "Dreamboat" levitating sculpture and a private concert with Sir Elton John.

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2. Ganassi team acknowledges Breast Cancer Awareness month: Both of the Target Chip Ganassi Racing cars in the season finale at California Speedway will be painted in special pink Breast Cancer Research Foundation livery, acknowledging October as Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The team did the same at the Fontana, Calif., track last year.

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3. Bid for a weekend to remember: The Michael Andretti Foundation is auctioning a VIP race experience package on eBay for the IndyCar Series season finale Oct. 14-17.

The VIP package for two includes hotel accommodations for three nights in Ontario, Calif., along with weekend credentials and passes at Andretti Green Racing hospitality, passes to the CARA Charities event, two pace car rides and race day suite passes. The winner will also receive a private tour of the AGR garage area and two tickets to the Indy Racing League Championship Celebration at Paramount Pictures Studios on Oct. 17.

The high bidder also will receive gift bags with unique items as well as a flag signed by all drivers. All items were donated by the Indy Racing League, CARA Charities, Andretti Green Racing, California Speedway and The Michael Andretti Foundation.

The package will be on www.ebay.com until Sept. 29. Proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

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The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the Toyota Indy 400 at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 16 at California Speedway. The race will be broadcast by ESPN 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 Corning 100 will be shown at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 29 The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the California 100 on Oct. 16 at California Speedway. It will be telecast at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 20.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Tony George , Jim Beam
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing