IRL: Indy Racing League notebook 2004-02-23

Indy Racing League Notebook Chevy Happy with Indy 500 Plans INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, February 23, 2004 --The IRL IndyCar® Series will switch from 3.5-liter engines to 3.0-liter engines starting at the Indianapolis 500 in May, and Chevrolet is on...

Indy Racing League Notebook
Chevy Happy with Indy 500 Plans

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, February 23, 2004 --The IRL IndyCar® Series will switch from 3.5-liter engines to 3.0-liter engines starting at the Indianapolis 500 in May, and Chevrolet is on target with its plans for the new powerplant.

"The 3.0-liter engine program is on schedule," said Joe Negri, GM Racing IRL program manager. "All of the necessary components have been designed and are now being manufactured."

Chevrolet is one of the three engine suppliers for the series, along with Honda and Toyota. Negri said Chevrolet can currently field engines for six team and hopes to support up to 10 teams at Indianapolis. He said the marque could add another full-time team after the Indy 500.

"We will have prototype 3.0-liter Chevy Indy V8 engines running on the dyno in the near future," Negri said. "The IRL has given the manufacturers an additional day of private track testing with the 3.0-liter engines, and we are aiming to have a good supply of engines for the Open Test in Indianapolis in late April. Until then, we are using computer simulation to optimize engine tuning and to accelerate the development program."

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Herta To Carry XM Satellite Radio Livery: Andretti Green Racing's No. 7 Honda-powered Dallara, which is driven by Bryan Herta, will carry the colors and branding of XM Satellite Radio during the 2004 IndyCar® Series season.

XM will make its official debut on the car Feb. 29 when Herta and his AGR teammates open the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

XM is America's No. 1 satellite radio service, with more than 1.5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, D.C., New York City and Nashville, Tenn., at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2004 lineup includes more than 120 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 68 commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; 32 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and more than 20 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide.

Herta, who filled in for Dario Franchitti during much of the 2003 IndyCar Series season, joined AGR on a full-time basis during the off-season. The resident of Calif., scored six top-five finishes in just 11 starts last year, including a win at the Kansas Indy 300 in July.

AGR adds associate: Forsythe Solutions Group, Inc., will continue as an associate sponsor on Dario Franchitti's No. 27 Arca/Ex Dallara/Honda/Firestone for the 2004 season after signing an increased associated sponsorship deal on Feb. 23.

"We're very pleased to announce Forsythe's return as an associate sponsor at Andretti Green Racing," team owner Michael Andretti said. "Forsythe is a very successful organization and is an industry leader, which makes it an excellent partner for our race team."

Forsythe, a national provider of technology infrastructure solutions, joined Andretti Green in 2003 at the Indianapolis 500.

On the air: Two-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr., will appear on the ESPN2 morning show, "Cold Pizza" on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The show airs from 7-9 a.m. (EST).

Moving Day: Super Aguri Fernandez Racing completed a move to a new facility on Feb. 23in Indianapolis.

The 27,000 square foot shop is nearly twice the size of the team's former shop, which is located across the street from the team's new headquarters.

Information Superspeedway: Menards/Johns Manville Panther Racing driver Mark Taylor recently re-launched his website to promote his IndyCar Series team. Taylor's website, www.marktaylor.uk.com, features 15 unique areas of access, including up-to-the-minute information and high resolution photographs for the media.

The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season begins with the Toyota Indy 300 at 2 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 29, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network.

The Menards Infiniti Pro Series season begins with the Homestead-Miami 100 at 11:45 a.m. (EST) on Feb. 29, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will broadcast on tape delay at 4 p.m. on March 4.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Taylor , Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Bryan Herta , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing