IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2005-11-17

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Nov. 17, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. Herta, Enge race in Malaysia 2. IRL supports local toy drive 3. Dana to appear at BioTown event 4. Dixon wins age group at triathlon 1. Herta, Enge race in...

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

Today's IRL headlines
1. Herta, Enge race in Malaysia
2. IRL supports local toy drive
3. Dana to appear at BioTown event
4. Dixon wins age group at triathlon

1. Herta, Enge race in Malaysia: IRL IndyCar Series veterans Bryan Herta and Tomas Enge are scheduled to compete in the fifth round of the World Cup of Motorsport at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

Herta will make his second A1GP start for Team USA. He debuted with the team when the series raced in Sydney, Australia earlier this month. He finished 10th in the feature event, earning the final point-paying position.

Enge, the lead driver for the Czech Republic squad, also has never raced in Malaysia. Enge, who has competed in three of the four previous A1GP events, will split track time with Jarek Janis this weekend.

Tomas Scheckter, who has competed in two events for the South African team, could make his third appearance this weekend as well.

2. IRL supports local toy drive: For the second consecutive year, the Indy Racing League corporate office is serving as a drop-off point for an Indianapolis television station's annual toy drive this holiday season.

Beginning Nov. 21, race fans and other Indianapolis residents are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the IRL office at 4565 W. 16th Street in Indianapolis to donate to the Fifth Annual Anthem RTV6 Toy Drive. The drive will conclude on Dec. 16.

The drive provides toys for thousands of Indiana children during each holiday season. Last year, more than 9,000 toys were collected.

"So many children go without presents during the holidays because their families must provide necessities such as food, shelter and medicine," WRTV-6 meteorologist Kevin Gregory said. "With the help of our friends, we're able to make the RTV6 Toy Drive bigger than before to ease the burden for thousands of Hoosier families."

3. Dana to appear at BioTown event: IndyCar Series driver Paul Dana and an Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing showcar will be part of the festivities at BioTown, USA Extreme Energy Makeover Day in Reynolds, Ind., on Nov. 18.

Reynolds, a town of 500 in north-central Indiana, was recently anointed as the first "BioTown, USA" to showcase the feasibility of existing and future technologies in using agricultural products and by-products as motor fuel, electricity and heating sources by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

As part of the Extreme Energy Makeover Day, Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman will award 20 GM flex-fuel vehicles and the Reynolds' town vehicles -- operated on biofuels -- will be delivered. Demolition will begin to make way for town's "BioIsland" at the local BP gas station.

4. Dixon wins age group at triathlon: 2003 IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon finished 18th overall at the Miami Man Triathlon on Nov. 12-13. Dixon competed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4 hours, 51 minutes, 34 seconds, well below his goal of six hours.

Dixon was the overall winner of the Men's 25-29 age group.

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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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