IRL: Indy500: Notebook 2001-05-22

INDIANAPOLIS 500 NOTEBOOK Fisher to teach car care to Girl Scouts; Foyt now on the Net INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 22, 2001 - Indy Racing standout Sarah Fisher will give a jump start to Indianapolis-area Girl Scouts about = the basics of car care...

INDIANAPOLIS 500 NOTEBOOK
Fisher to teach car care to Girl Scouts; Foyt now on the Net

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 22, 2001 - Indy Racing standout Sarah Fisher will give a jump start to Indianapolis-area Girl Scouts about = the basics of car care at a special event May 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Nearly 500 Girl Scouts have registered to attend the event, which takes place from 4-6 p.m. at the Plaza Chalet Tent #3 on 500 Festival Community Day at the track. The event is sponsored by Firestone MasterCare Car Service. Fisher, who will start 15th in the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, will offer common-sense maintenance tips to help Junior, Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts earn requirements for their Car Sense Interest Project Patch and Car Care Badge. The badge programs encourage girls to learn about basic car maintenance and repair and to explore careers in automotive fields.

Fisher, who lives in Indianapolis, will be pinned as an honorary Girl Scout in the Hoosier Capital Girl Scout Council. Fisher, 20, drives the No. 15 Walker Racing Kroger Special Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone. In addition to attending Fisher's presentation, the Girl Scouts can participate in mini-clinics with Firestone technicians that will offer hands-on activities such as checking oil and tire pressure.

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Foyt on the Net: A.J. Foyt's most famous experience with a computer came in 1998 when he smashed a pitside laptop in disgust when his driver, Kenny Brack, ran out of fuel in the Indianapolis 500.

Three years later, Foyt is embracing the computer age with the launch of his first World Wide Web site, www.foytracing.com.

FoytRacing.com is comprised of five mini-sites detailing the major elements of A.J. Foyt and his family's motorsports programs in Indy Racing, NASCAR stock car racing, karts and regional Formula 2000 racing. The A.J. Foyt mini-site features biographical and statistical information on the only five-time Indianapolis 500 winner as an owner and driver. There are many photos from his legendary career. "I don't really know that much about the Internet, but a lot of people have asked me if I had a Web site," Foyt said. "So when it came time to put one together, I just wanted something that covered all of the programs I'm involved in. I think the fans who follow us will be pleased to see all the information that's there and how easy it is to get it." The sites will be updated with weekend race reports, pre-race notes and quotes, and any news and photos surrounding the Foyt Racing programs. A merchandise component will be added to the site later this year.

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Cheever featured in video program: Cheever Indy Racing and the #51 Excite@Home Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti was a primary focus of a new video program from Abercrombie & Fitch TV. A&FTV is featured in Abercrombie & Fitch retail stores throughout the country and can also be seen at www.abercrombie.com. The A&FTV hosts, who are employees at Abercrombie & Fitch retail stores, spent the weekend with Cheever Indy Racing at the Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 in March at Phoenix. The hosts and film crew worked behind the scenes with the team. "We try to cover inspirational, new or just cool sports when shooting A&FTV," said John Urbano of Abercrombie & Fitch. "The Indy Racing League is a sport that's not only fast paced, but something we thought our target audience would be interested in. We had no idea how cool the drivers and all the team members would be. It's inspiring to see that level of teamwork in an organization." The final product can be viewed through early June at any Abercrombie & Fitch store, or by going to www.cheeverindyracing.com and clicking on the A&FTV link located at the bottom of the main page.

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Fox memorial planned: A special memorial honoring late Indianapolis 500 veteran Stan Fox will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after Coors Carb Day practice May 24. The tribute will begin approximately at 1:05 p.m. (EST) at the start/finish line. A short video will be shown recapping Fox's career followed by a moment of silence. Indy Racing League team owner Ron Hemelgarn will complete the memorial with a presentation to the Fox family. Fox, a eight-time Indianapolis 500 starter, was killed in a traffic accident Dec. 18, 2000, in New Zealand. Fox competed for Hemelgarn Racing from 1991-95 at Indianapolis. His driving career ended after he suffered serious injuries in an accident in the 1995 Indianapolis 500, but Fox remained in auto racing as a member of the Hemelgarn team and by helping individuals with head injuries with his "Friends of the Fox" organization.

*** Trophy facts: The winner of the 85th Indianapolis 500 will earn a spot on the Borg-Warner Trophy, one of the most prestigious trophies in sports. The trophy first was presented to the Indy winner in 1936. The winner of every Indianapolis 500 since the inaugural in 1911 has their face sculpted onto the 65-year-old trophy. A few other facts about the Borg-Warner Trophy:

*Made of sterling silver, it weighs 80 pounds.
*5 feet, 2 inches high.
*Originally cost $10,000 and now valued at $1.5 million.

The winner of the race each year does not keep the Borg-Warner Trophy, which is on display at the Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum. Instead, the winner receives the BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy, a 18-inch tall sterling-silver replica of the Borg-Warner Trophy. The winning car owner also receives a "Baby Borg" replica.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , A.J. Foyt