IRL: KB's Band premieres in Indy

IRL: KB's Band premieres in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, May 13, 2003 - Kenny Brack tuned up for the big event today, but he wasn't at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he wasn't wearing his traditional Pioneer/Miller Lite fireproof overalls in his ...

INDIANAPOLIS, May 13, 2003 - Kenny Brack tuned up for the big event today, but he wasn't at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he wasn't wearing his traditional Pioneer/Miller Lite fireproof overalls in his #15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Dallara/Honda.

Kenny Brack plays lead guitar at Ike & Jonesy's in downtown Indy with his new band, Kenny Brack and the Subwoofers.
Photo by Anne Proffit.
No, Kenny was driving his axe, playing lead guitar at Ike & Jonesy's in downtown Indy with his new band, Kenny Brack and the Subwoofers.

This seven member band will debut after Kenny completes final practice for the 87th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Thursday, Miller Lite Carburation Day, and also vies in the annual Indy 500 Pit Stop Championship. They open for Cracker on the Coca Cola Stage at the Brickyard race track 3:30pm May 22nd.

Every driver needs a way to let off steam and relax after a hard day at the race track and, for Kenny Brack, it's always been music. This isn't the first race-oriented band the Swede has been part of - or instigated - as music and motorsports fans can recall.

Brack's first on-stage appearance was with his RPM band at Toronto, Canada two years ago, where he, Patrick Carpentier (drums), Laz Denes, guitar (PR Mo Nunn Racing) and vocalist CART staffer Lizzy Fornal brought down the house at Wayne Gretzky's restaurant. They even had a guest appearance by Howie D of Backstreet Boys.

Brack is working with his third incarnation of sidemen and women, and he's got a great group to make music with here at Indy a week from Thursday - and at four other Indy Racing League events (Texas, Richmond, Nashville and Chicagoland).

With Denes back on guitar, Kathy Prather (PR Access Motorsports) doing vocals, along with local favorites lead vocalist Kelsey Smith and guitarist Gene Deer, "Smokin' Dave Wyatt on bass, sprint car driver Charlie Bushor doing drums, this is cohesive group already.

In a preview tonight, they offered a medley ranging from covers of the Stones, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Clash, Johnny Cash, to Chuck Berry and some real, good blues standards.

And the main man? The more seat time KB gets with his guitar, the better he gets. "There were many classical guitaristists in those groups and we are proud to play their music." Dressed in jeans, a natty black performance shirt with sponsor logos and his trademark "Miller blue" specs, Kenny looked and sounded the part.

After he finishes work next Thursday, Kenny Brack gets to indulge in his favorite form of relaxation. "It should be a lot of fun for our band to play for the Indy racing fans," he said. Could that be his unfair advantage three days later?

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Kenny Brack , Mo Nunn