IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2007-02-12

INDYCAR SERIES NEWS AND NOTES -- Feb. 12, 2007 Today's IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series headlines 1. IndyCar Series drivers honor their significant others 2. Indianapolis Monthly features Scheckter 1. IndyCar Series drivers honor their ...

INDYCAR SERIES NEWS AND NOTES -- Feb. 12, 2007

Today's IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series headlines
1. IndyCar Series drivers honor their significant others
2. Indianapolis Monthly features Scheckter

1. IndyCar Series drivers honor their significant others: According to the Greeting Card Association, nearly one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday behind Christmas. So how are some IndyCar Series drivers celebrating the day with their significant other? "(Fiance) Andy (O'Gara) and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day," says Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Sarah Fisher, who will tie the knot Sept. 15. "We're together so much; every day is like Valentine's Day. "If anything, we'll both be working. We keep our heads down and keep digging toward what our plans are in racing, whether it's in the IndyCar Series or with Andy's brother Kyle."

Scott Sharp celebrates twice on Feb. 14 with wife Kimberly. It's also his birthday. "I usually end up trying to get my wife a Valentine's Day gift while she's getting me a birthday present," said the Rahal Letterman Racing driver who will turn 39. "Usually we just go out to dinner. Nothing too crazy." Teammate Jeff Simmons has similar plans. "Valentine's Day is really the calm before the storm of the season," said Simmons, who will drive the No. 17 Team Ethanol car in an IndyCar Series Open Test Feb. 21-22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "It is a chance for Stephanie (Soviar) and me to have a nice evening together and for me to spoil her and let her know how special she is."

Some Valentine's Day gifts carry over from year to year. Vision Racing's Ed Carpenter and then-girlfriend/now spouse Heather have a five-pound Chihuahua in their Indianapolis home. "Rosco was a Valentine's Day present for Heather in 2004," Carpenter said. "I was testing in Phoenix and she was at a mall shopping killing time and found Rosco. On our way to dinner that night, she made me go see him, and we ended up taking him home."

Others choose to ignore the day all together. "What's Valentine's Day?" says Darren Manning, a native of Yorkshire, England. "I don't know. When is it?"

2. Indianapolis Monthly features Scheckter: Tomas Scheckter is looking for love in the pages of Indianapolis Monthly. The IndyCar Series driver, who was featured in the magazine's "Man Issue" in 2004, remains one of area's most-eligible bachelors according to an article spotlighting Indianapolis' hottest singles in the February 2007 issue. Scheckter is the only professional athlete on the list, which includes doctors, lawyers, artists and everything in between. The Vision Racing driver reveals several interesting facts that may help any potential Valentine this year, including a soft spot for MTV's "Laguna Beach."

Here's what the Indianapolis Monthly says about the 26-year-old South African: "This Cape Town, South Africa, native is (shocking!) still available. Whatever the reason, Tomas Scheckter's stock couldn't be higher. He has a boat, a home in Geist and often makes the rounds at local ultralounges. But not everything about Scheckter is flashy. He sits on the board of The Gift of Hearing Foundation, an organization that aids individuals needing cochlear implant surgeries, such as his cousin Jaki. And who could catch up to such a speedy guy? 'During the racing season,' he says, 'you need someone who knows what to say when you've had a bad day.'"

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The 2007 IndyCar Series season begins under the lights with the XM Satellite Radio Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 24. The race will be telecast live by ESPN2 at 8 p.m. (EDT) and broadcast by 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 and www.indycar.com. The sixth season of Indy Pro Series competition begins with the Miami 100 on March 24 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be telecast on at 5 p.m. (EDT) on March 28 by ESPN2.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Darren Manning , Sarah Fisher , Scott Sharp , Jeff Simmons , Ed Carpenter