IRL: Las Vegas Pre Race Notes

LAS VEGAS 500K NOTEBOOK Event schedule: The third annual Las Vegas 500K is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (PDT) Oct. 11. PPG Pole qualifying starts at noon (PDT) Oct. 10. Pep Boys Indy Racing League practice sessions will take place at 10 a.m.

LAS VEGAS 500K NOTEBOOK

Event schedule: The third annual Las Vegas 500K is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (PDT) Oct. 11. PPG Pole qualifying starts at noon (PDT) Oct. 10.

Pep Boys Indy Racing League practice sessions will take place at 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. (PDT) Oct. 9, and 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. (PDT) Oct. 10.

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Broadcast schedule: The Las Vegas 500K will be televised live on TNN at 4 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 11. A same-day delayed telecast of PPG Pole qualifying will be shown on SpeedVision at 9 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 10. The IMS Radio Network will broadcast the race live at 4 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 11, with a pre-race show starting at 3:30 p.m.

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Brack, fan could share $1 million: If Kenny Brack wins the Las Vegas 500K, he will split $1 million with a lucky fan through the MCI Pep Boys Million contest.

Brack won the first two races of the contest series, the Atlanta 500 Classic presented by MCI on Aug. 29 and the VisionAire 500 on July 25 at Charlotte, N.C., to ensure that he and a fan will split at least $100,000. Fans must choose the driver who they think will win all three races in the series. The contest is open at Pep Boys stores through Oct. 5 or via the Internet at www.mciracing.com or http://www.pepboys.com/promo/entry.htm through Oct. 10.

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Big bucks on the line for Brack: Pep Boys Indy Racing League points leader Kenny Brack could bring home more than $1.6 million if he wins the Las Vegas 500K on Oct. 11 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A breakdown: O$1 million: Pep Boys Million to the 1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League champion.

- $500,000: Brack's share of the MCI Pep Boys Million for winning races this season at Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta and Las Vegas. The other $500,000 goes to a fan who picked Brack to sweep the races. - At least $100,000: The winner's purse at every Pep Boys Indy Racing League event this year has been at least $100,000.

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Pit bosses to compete in Vegas: Pit bosses roam the floors of every Las Vegas casino, monitoring the action at a group of gaming tables for the casino management.

But the true pit boss of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League will be determined Oct. 8 in Las Vegas on a strip of asphalt a few yards from the tables.

Six of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League's top teams will compete for their share of a $25,000 purse in the Las Vegas Fremont Street Experience Pit Stop Contest at 5:30 p.m. (PDT) Oct. 8. The competition will take place on Fourth Street, adjacent to the popular Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.

The competing teams, with drivers in parentheses: Hemelgarn Racing (1996 Indianapolis 500 champion Buddy Lazier), ISM Racing (1997 Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year Jeff Ward), Nienhouse Motorsports (Las Vegas resident Davey Hamilton), Panther Racing (Scott Goodyear), Team Cheever (1998 Indianapolis 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr.) and Team Menard (1996-97 Pep Boys Indy Racing League champion Tony Stewart).

Teams participating in the contest will change four tires and perform a simulated fill-up of fuel. The cars will drive in and out of their pit stalls and will be electronically timed by Indy Racing League officials.

There will be three qualifying rounds, with two teams in each round. The two teams with the best times will compete in the final, with the winning team receiving $8,000. The runner-up will earn $5,000 and the four other teams $3,000 each.

Many Pep Boys Indy Racing League drivers will sign autographs after the contest. The autograph session will continue until 8 p.m. Fans can register for prizes.

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Tickets: Tickets for the Las Vegas 500K are available by calling Las Vegas Motor Speedway at (702) 644-4443.

Source: IRL/IMS

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Eddie Cheever , Buddy Lazier , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Scott Goodyear , Kenny Brack
Teams Panther Racing