IRL: Rahal, Beck Indy 500 entries received

Rahal, Beck file entries for 88th Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 1, 2004 - Team Rahal filed three entries for the 88th Indianapolis 500, the most entries for the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" in the team's history. Beck ...

Rahal, Beck file entries for 88th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 1, 2004 - Team Rahal filed three entries for the 88th Indianapolis 500, the most entries for the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" in the team's history.

Beck Motorsports also filed a single entry for the race, scheduled for Sunday, May 30 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Entries must have been postmarked by midnight, March 31, with additional entries continuing to arrive at Indy Racing League® headquarters in Indianapolis.

Buddy Rice will drive the No. 15 Rahal/Letterman Argent/Pioneer Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone for Team Rahal, co-owned by 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal and late-night talk show icon David Letterman. The team is competing under the name Rahal/Letterman Racing at Indianapolis.

A backup also is entered, with Ricardo Nault as the chief mechanic of both cars.

Rice will attempt to make his second Indianapolis 500 start, as he finished 11th as a rookie in 2003. Rice is substituting for 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack during the beginning of the IRL IndyCar® Series season, as Brack continues to recover from serious injuries suffered in the 2003 season finale at Texas Motor Speedway.

Roger Yasukawa will drive the No. 16 Rahal/Letterman Racing Sammy Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone, with a backup entered. Dennis Swan is the chief mechanic.

Yasukawa finished 10th as a rookie in the 2003 Indianapolis 500.

Rahal/Letterman also entered the No. 17 Rahal/Letterman Racing Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone, with a backup. A driver and sponsor will be named later. Greg Cates is the chief mechanic.

Steve Dickson is the team manager of the Rahal/Letterman entries.

"We are definitely prepared for the three-car effort at Indianapolis," said Rahal, who announced recently that his team will campaign two cars full time in the IndyCar Series after the Indianapolis 500. "Obviously, it's a challenge, but I'm very pleased with the organization of the team. Dave (Letterman) and I know the team is in good spirits entering the Indy 500, and I'm very excited for this program at the Speedway."

Said Letterman, an Indianapolis native: "It was a thrill growing up just a few miles from the Speedway and watching many of the sport's greatest drivers compete in my hometown. Running three cars is a big challenge, but our team is ready. I wish everyone with Rahal/Letterman Racing all the best."

Beck Motorsports entered the No. 54 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone and a backup car. The driver, chief mechanic and team manager will be named later.

Shinji Nakano finished 14th in the 2003 Indianapolis 500 in a Beck entry.

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Tickets: Tickets are available for the 2004 Indianapolis 500 on May 30. For information, log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or call the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Shinji Nakano , Kenny Brack , Roger Yasukawa , Buddy Rice