IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2006-06-14

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- June 14, 2006 Today's IRL headlines 1. Sweet Home, Ohio 2. Everybody Loves Danica 3. Meet the Drivers 1. Sweet Home, Ohio: Sam Hornish Jr. took a brief respite from his whirlwind IndyCar Series schedule ...

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- June 14, 2006

Today's IRL headlines
1. Sweet Home, Ohio
2. Everybody Loves Danica
3. Meet the Drivers

1. Sweet Home, Ohio: Sam Hornish Jr. took a brief respite from his whirlwind IndyCar Series schedule following IndyCar Series Open Testing at Kansas Speedway on June 13.

The 26 year-old native of Defiance, Ohio has been on the road since earning his first Indy 500 victory over Memorial Day weekend and this week he finally had chance to relax at home. Despite being home, Hornish has several commitments this weekend in and around his hometown.

On June 16, Hornish Jr. will participate in a press conference in Defiance, Ohio to discuss his recent win at the 90th Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. The press conference will be hosted by the Greater Defiance Area Tourism and Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with The Chamber of Commerce and The Mayor's office.

In addition, Bob Armstrong, the Mayor of Defiance, will announce that July

26th will be "Sam Hornish Jr. Day" in Defiance. That afternoon, Hornish Jr. will hit the links with his dad and family members as they play in a local fundraising golf tournament benefiting Defiance charities.

Hornish's wife Crystal is serving as the chairperson of the tournament's Auction Committee and the Hornish family is sponsoring the back nine holes for the event.

On Saturday night Hornish's parents Jo Ellen and Sam Sr. will be hosting a party for 400-plus guests in Defiance to celebrate their son's victory at the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Not only will Hornish's friends and family be attendance, but many of the people who've supported him over the years including Roger Penske and other business partners will be there.

2. Everybody Loves Danica: IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick is ranked among America's favorite female athletes according to the annual Harris Poll.

Patrick, the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500, finished fifth in the poll, highest among seven newcomers, in the survey conducted online by Harris Interactive among a random sample of 2,085 U.S. adults between May 9-16.

Tennis' star siblings Venus and Serena Williams topped the poll followed by soccer star Mia Hamm, rising golf star Michelle Wie and Patrick.

3. Meet the Drivers: Marco Andretti, the IndyCar® Series rookie who finished second in last month's Indianapolis 500, and his Andretti Green Racing teammate Bryan Herta will make a special appearance in the Indy Paddock Club, an all-inclusive fan-friendly hospitality area, on June 24 at Richmond International Raceway.

Admission to the Indy Paddock Club includes a reserved seat for the SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM Satellite Radio and the Richmond Times-Dispatch 100 USAC Silver Crown Championship Series race "under the lights" on Saturday, June 24. Additionally, the Paddock Club package includes a general admission ticket for Friday night's WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the IndyCar Series, followed by the USAC National Sprint Car Series race.

Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car, will be signing autographs at the XM Satellite Radio/SunTrust booth from 3:20 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. (EDT) on June 24, prior to the race at Richmond International Raceway. The XM Satellite Radio booth is located in the fan midway area outside of the track near the Old Dominion Building.

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The 2006 IRL IndyCar Series continues with the SunTrust Indy Challenge presented by XM Satellite Radio at 8 p.m. (EDT) on June 24 at Richmond International Raceway. The race will be televised live by ESPN2 and the IMS Radio Network. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPN Deportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 145 "IndyCar Racing" and www.indycar.com. The fifth season of Indy Pro Series competition continues with the Liberty Challenge on July 1 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta , Marco Andretti , Roger Penske , Tim Richmond , Sam Hornish Jr. , Danica Patrick
Teams Williams