IRL: Indy Racing League Notebook 2004-04-09

Indy Racing League News and Notes April 9, 2004 Today's IRL headlines Hornish, Kanaan nominated for First Quarter Driver of the Year Red Bull Cheever Racing Announces Partnership Hornish, Kanaan nominated for First Quarter Driver of the ...

Indy Racing League News and Notes
April 9, 2004

Today's IRL headlines
Hornish, Kanaan nominated for First Quarter Driver of the Year
Red Bull Cheever Racing Announces Partnership

Hornish, Kanaan nominated for First Quarter Driver of the Year

IRL IndyCar® Series drivers Sam Hornish Jr., and Tony Kanaan are among the nominees for the Speed Channel Presents the Driver of the Year Award for the first quarter of 2004.

Hornish, a two-time IndyCar Series champion, won the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Feb. 29. He became the first driver to win his debut race with Marlboro Team Penske.

Kanaan, the current IndyCar Series points leader, dominated the Copper World Indy 200 on March 20 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kanaan led 191 of the 200 laps to claim his second-consecutive race at Phoenix.

Other drivers nominated for the award include: NHRA drag racers Greg Anderson and Tony Schumacher, NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth, and World of Outlaws star Steve Kinser.

An 18-member panel will select the winner of the award. Fans can participate in voting via an online ballot, located at Speed Channel's web site, www.speedtv.com.

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Red Bull Cheever Racing Announces Partnership

Red Bull Cheever Racing announced a partnership with Elrod Corporation for the remainder of the 2004 IndyCar Series season.

Elrod Corporation based in Mooresville, Ind., is a manufacturer of all types of spectator structures including the design and construction of grandstands, bleachers, luxury suites with race operations, media centers, and other like venues for the sporting world. Elrod also offers design consultation, fabrication, and erection services for all types of complex steel structures.

"We're proud to welcome Elrod Corporation as a new partner in our Indy Racing League efforts," said Red Bull Cheever Racing's managing director Max Jones. "They have a well-established reputation in the racing industry and in the Indianapolis community. Working together we will be able to combine and utilize our resources to develop new business opportunities that will continue to the expansion of both our organizations."

Elrod has been the seating supplier for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the mid 1980's providing materials and services for grandstands, the new pagoda style race control tower, luxury suites, concession buildings, pedestrian bridges, flagman's tower, and miles of safety fencing.

"Race track facilities are an important market opportunity for our company's future growth," said Elrod President Jeff Elrod. "We are very excited to be a part of the Red Bull Cheever Racing Team and look forward to the opportunity of working together to further develop this relationship."

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The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season continues with the Indy Japan 300 at 11:30 p.m. (EDT) on April 16 at Twin Ring Motegi. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the IMS Radio Network. The Menards Infiniti Pro Series Futaba Freedom 100 will take place at 2 p.m. (EDT) on May 22 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast live by ESPN2.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Matt Kenseth , Tony Schumacher , Tony Kanaan , Steve Kinser , Max Jones , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske