IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2006-06-21

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- June 21, 2006 Today's IRL headlines 1. Economaki to give command 2. Foyt on the mend 3. Hornish honored in Ohio 1. Economaki named Richmond Grand Marshall: Chris Economaki, the legendary motorsports ...

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- June 21, 2006

Today's IRL headlines
1. Economaki to give command
2. Foyt on the mend
3. Hornish honored in Ohio

1. Economaki named Richmond Grand Marshall: Chris Economaki, the legendary motorsports journalist who was the public address announcer for Richmond International Raceway's first race nearly 60 years ago, will serve as the Grand Marshal for this weekend's SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM Satellite Radio.

"I remember that race very well," said Economaki of the open wheel race won by Ted Horn on October 12, 1946. "It was quite a race. The feature race was only 20 laps-10 miles- so it was very short, but it was big stuff back then. The town would turn out for it, there would be banners across the street announcing a race at the state fair."

Economaki will give the drivers the command to start their engines.

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2. Foyt on the mend: Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner and IndyCar Series team owner A.J. Foyt is scheduled to have his left knee replaced with an artificial knee on Monday following the race at Richmond.

The ensuing rehabilitation means that Foyt will miss both the Kansas and Nashville race events. Foyt has only missed a handful of events since he began fielding cars in the IndyCar Series in 1996.

"My knee's gotten so bad that I can't wait until the season is over to have it done," Foyt said. . "I've been putting it off for about five years now but I can't do that anymore."

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3. Hornish honored in Ohio: Ohio Congressman Paul E. Gillmor (R-Ohio) recently introduced a resolution to honor Sam Hornish Jr.'s accomplishment of winning the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race.

Hornish, a resident of Napoleon, Ohio, lives in Gilmour's district and recently attended the Lincoln-Hayes dinner in Bowling Green, OH as a guest of the congressman.

Rep. Gillmor issued a resolution stating that "the House of Representatives recognizes Sam Hornish Jr. for his victory in the Indianapolis 500."

"Sam Hornish, Jr. is not just Indy's champion, he's Ohio's champion. Sam was raised in Defiance, went to school in Archbold, and even as he has become a national name, he continues to live in Napoleon," Gillmor said. "I admire Sam's leadership in the community, his charity work and his commitment to being a good role model for our next generation. He is a modest leader and deserves to be honored for his win at Indy."

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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. The race will be telecast by ESPN2 at 2 p.m. on July 6.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis