IRL: Paul Dana, Team Ethanol to skip St. Pete race

Paul Dana and Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing to skip St. Petersburg race and focus on oval program Indianapolis (March 30, 2005) Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing and driver Paul Dana will sit out the next leg of the 17-race Indy Racing League IndyCar Series.

Paul Dana and Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing to skip St. Petersburg race and focus on oval program Indianapolis

(March 30, 2005) Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing and driver Paul Dana will sit out the next leg of the 17-race Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. The team has decided not to participate in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla. The decision to take this weekend off allows the team to focus on their oval program and be as prepared as possible for the Indianapolis 500 in May.

"We are going to do a few days of oval testing to try to get our program sorted out, and since the other two road course events aren't until later in the year, hopefully we'll have some time to get our road course car put together and tested before then," Dana said. "I started out in road racing up in Canada so I'm really excited that the series is going in this direction. It's frustrating to have to sit out one of the early events, but we've gotten such a late start to the season we've got to pick our battles a little bit."

Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing will be back in action on Saturday, April 30, as the team heads overseas for the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi. Dana is currently tied for 12th in points and still leads the rookie standings after two races. Dana is driving for team owner Ron Hemelgarn, whose cars won the 2000 IndyCar Series and 1996 Indianapolis 500.

Hemelgarn was one of the founding team owners in the IRL and returns full time to the IndyCar Series after sitting out most of last season.

Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing is backed by a group of companies within the fast- growing ethanol industry, led by the major ethanol design-build firms Fagen Inc., ICM Inc., and Broin Companies. Ethanol is a high octane, high performance fuel that is clean burning, renewable and made in America. As a growing component of the United States' gasoline supply, it delivers improved vehicle performance while reducing emissions and improving air quality.

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