IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2006-02-24

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Feb. 24, 2006 Today's IRL headlines 1. Herta racing this weekend 2. See IRL stars on the road 1. Herta racing this weekend: IRL IndyCar® Series veteran Bryan Herta returns to the seat of the A1 Team USA...

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Feb. 24, 2006

Today's IRL headlines
1. Herta racing this weekend
2. See IRL stars on the road

1. Herta racing this weekend: IRL IndyCar® Series veteran Bryan Herta returns to the seat of the A1 Team USA for the A1GP event in Monterrey, Mexico.

Herta, who drove two events for the team last Fall, will take over the car from Indy Pro Series veteran Phil Giebler for the next two events, including the U.S. round at Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., on March 12.

"I am proud to represent the United States," Herta said. "A1 Grand Prix is fast becoming known for delivering a most competitive brand of racing, this due to the fact that the cars are identical in chassis and engine. I expect that this is going to be a particularly exciting weekend."

2. See IRL stars on the road: IndyCar Series champion Dan Wheldon will participate in Speed-Fest at Infineon Raceway on Feb. 27. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be a fan forum, press conference, brief autograph session, car/dragster/motorcycle show and a blood drive benefiting the American Red Cross. Every fan who donates a pint of blood will be treated to a hot lap around the road course.

IndyCar Series standout Tomas Scheckter is slated to appear at the St. Petersburg "Festival of Speed" at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla. Michael Andretti's Jim Beam/Vonage IndyCar Series car will be on display Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. during the event.

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The IRL IndyCar Series opens the 2006 season with the Toyota Indy 300 at 3:30 p.m. (EST) on March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network. The IMS Radio Network broadcast is also carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 152, "XM Extreme" and www.indycar.com. The fifth season of Indy Pro Series competition opens with the Miami 100 at 12:30 p.m. on March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be telecast at 1 p.m. on March 31 by ESPN2.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Michael Andretti , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Phil Giebler , Jim Beam