IRL: Phoenix Copper World notes

AVONDALE, ARIZ. (March 15, 2002) -- Notes from the Bombardier ATV Copper World Indy 200: Bombardier has taken an active role in Indy Racing sponsorship, allowing fans to test their latest ATV products on a special off-road course built ...

AVONDALE, ARIZ. (March 15, 2002) -- Notes from the Bombardier ATV Copper World Indy 200:

Bombardier has taken an active role in Indy Racing sponsorship, allowing fans to test their latest ATV products on a special off-road course built outside turn one. The dirt course consists of bumps and mud holes providing riders a chance to experience all terrain vehicles in their element.

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Steve Lewis, publisher of Performance Racing Industry magazine and producer of the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis, will announce tomorrow his new company, Premier Racing Entertainment. The press conference, to be held Saturday afternoon, will announce the inaugural Indianapolis Twin 25 USAC Midget race on the 5/8-mile oval at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The second feature will start in the inverse order of the finish of the first race. A $50,000 bonus is available to the driver that can win both features.

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The Little Trees 100 for the USAC Silver Crown cars features former Indy Racing drivers Jimmy Kite, J.J. Yeley and Brian Tyler. Jason Leffler, driver of the Team ASE Dodge in NASCAR Craftsman Truck competition will also compete, driving a George Snider-owned Mopar Beast.

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In the six Indy Racing League events held at Phoenix International Raceway, there has yet to be a repeat winner. Scottsdale resident Arie Luyendyk won the first race in 1996. Jim Guthrie, Scott Sharp, Scott Goodyear, Buddy Lazier and Sam Hornish Jr. have all won on the one-mile Phoenix oval.

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Fans can receive mobile updates from this weekend's event at PIR on their personal digital assistants or mobile phones. The service is free after completing a short registration form at www.indyracing.com.

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Sunday's race marks A.J. Foyt's 500th race as a driver or owner in Indy-style racing. Foyt made his first Indy car start August 17, 1957 at Springfield, Ill, where he started 16th and finished ninth, winning $607 for his efforts.

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Indy Racing rookie George Mack will have support from members of the NBA's Phoenix Suns this weekend. Joining Mack in the garage area this weekend are Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, Shawn Marion and Bo Outlaw.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jason Leffler , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Jim Guthrie , Scott Goodyear , Jimmy Kite , George Mack , J.J. Yeley , Brian Tyler , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr.