IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2005-11-10

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Nov. 10, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. Wheldon leads IRL All-America contingent 2. Wheldon, Patrick nominated for EMPA Awards 3. Racing For Kids to visit Louisville 1. Wheldon leads IRL All-America ...

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Nov. 10, 2005

Today's IRL headlines
1. Wheldon leads IRL All-America contingent
2. Wheldon, Patrick nominated for EMPA Awards
3. Racing For Kids to visit Louisville

1. Wheldon leads IRL All-America contingent: 2005 IRL IndyCar® Series champion Dan Wheldon leads the list of five IndyCar Series drivers who were named to the Auto Racing All-America Team by the voting of members of the motorsports press.

Wheldon, the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series crowns in the same season, was a first-team selection in the open-wheel category and is eligible for the Jerry Titus Award, the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association's Driver of the Year Award.

2004 IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan and Bombardier Rookie of the Year Danica Patrick were second-team selections with Patrick becoming the first driver to earn All-America honors as a write-in candidate.

Two other nominated IndyCar Series stars, Sam Hornish Jr. and Dario Franchitti, earned honorable mention honors by earning five percent of the vote.

The All-America team will be honored at the annual AARWBA Banquet on Dec. 3 in Indianapolis.

2. Wheldon, Patrick nominated for EMPA Awards: 2005 IRL IndyCar® Series champion Dan Wheldon and Bombardier Rookie of the Year Danica Patrick have been nominated for awards by the Eastern Motorsports Press Association.

Wheldon was nominated for the prestigious Al Holbert Memorial EMPA Driver of the Year honor along with World of Outlaws sprint car champion Steve Kinser, NHRA drag racing champion Tony Schumacher, IHRA drag racing champion Clay Millican, Champ Car Series champion Sebastian Bourdais and 1997 IndyCar Series champion and current NASCAR Nextel Cup star Tony Stewart.

Patrick is one of two nominees for the T. Wayne Robertson Newsmaker of the Year Award. Nominated with Patrick, the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500, is the new National Sprintcar League. EMPA members will decide on the award recipient.

Awards will be presented on Jan. 28 at the annual NASCAR/EMPA Hall of Fame Dinner.

3. Racing For Kids to visit Louisville: IndyCar Series driver Roger Yasukawa and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owner Robbie Buhl will visit Kosair Childrens Hospital in Louisville on Nov. 15 as part of Humana's Racing for Kids Day.

Yasukawa and Buhl will visit the children in the playroom followed by bedside visits. They will sign autographs for the kids and distribute Racing For Kids baseball caps and pens.

Following the visit, the drivers will visit Humana headquarters for a lunchtime program in the company's lobby. Humana served as sponsor of Racing for Kids in 2005.

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The IRL IndyCar Series opens the 2006 season with the Toyota Indy 300 on March 26, 2006 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network. The fifth season of Menards Infiniti Pro Series competition also opens on March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Clay Millican , Tony Schumacher , Robbie Buhl , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Steve Kinser , Al Holbert , Roger Yasukawa , Sam Hornish Jr. , Danica Patrick
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing