RICHMOND, Va., Monday, June 24, 2002 -- Event happenings leading up to and during the SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 28-29 at Richmond International Raceway: SCHEDULE: The SunTrust Indy Challenge starts at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) June 29. MBNA ...
RICHMOND, Va., Monday, June 24, 2002 -- Event happenings leading up to and during the SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 28-29 at Richmond International Raceway:
The SunTrust Indy Challenge starts at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) June 29. MBNA Pole Qualifying starts at 6:30 p.m. June 28.
Practice sessions start at noon (two groups) and 2:15 p.m. (two groups) June 28 and 2:30 p.m. (all cars) June 29.
ON THE AIR:
The SunTrust Indy Challenge will be televised live on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) June 29. "Indy Racing 2Day" will be televised live at 7 p.m. June 29 on ESPN2.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network will broadcast a 30-minute pre-race show at 7 p.m. (EDT) June 29 and the live race broadcast at 7:30 p.m.
The area IMS Radio Network affiliate is WRNL-AM 910, Richmond, Va.
ON THE WEB:
Live enhanced timing and scoring reports from SunTrust Indy Challenge practice, MBNA Pole Qualifying and the race will be available on the Internet at www.indyracing.com. A Live Timing and Scoring module will be available, providing statistical information, including track segment speeds, lap information and much more.
Feature stories, practice, race and qualifying reports, driver quotes and notes and photos will be posted on the site each day.
Mobile updates also will be available. Users can receive daily Indy Racing information updates to their mobile devices, such as personal digital assistants and mobile phones, for free after completing a quick, free registration at Indy Racing Online.
Tickets for the SunTrust Indy Challenge are now available by phone at (804) 345-RACE or on the Web at www.rir.com.
The inaugural SpeedFest party will take place from 5-11 p.m. (EDT) June 27 in the Shockhoe Slip area of downtown Richmond, Va., in the parking lot across from Sine's Restaurant at 14th Street and Cary Street.
Scheduled to appear are two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and Indy Racing League points leader Helio Castroneves and his Marlboro Team Penske teammate, Gil de Ferran; 2001 IRL champion Sam Hornish Jr.; 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. and his Red Bull Cheever Racing rookie teammate, 2002 Indianapolis 500 Bank One co-Rookie of the Year Tomas Scheckter; 2000 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year Airton Dare; IRL standout Robbie Buhl and 310 Racing rookie George Mack, the second African-American to compete in the IRL.
A public, media and corporate pit stop contest will take place. The public is invited to participate in the Pit Crew Challenge and may sign up starting at 3 p.m. in the parking lot at 14th Street and Cary Street. The winning five-person team will receive prizes, including race tickets, IRL merchandise and coupons for free sandwiches from Dominic's of New York.
There also will be the Dominic's of New York Sausage Eating Contest with registration beginning at 3 p.m. in the same location as the Pit Crew Challenge. The contestant who eats 1 pound of Dominic's sausage fastest will give the command to start engines for the Dominic's of New York USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race June 29 at RIR, a support event to the SunTrust Indy Challenge.
Indy Racing cars also will be on display.
LIGHTING UP THE SKY:
Fans attending the SunTrust Indy Challenge will see Virginia's largest fireworks display immediately after the completion of the 250-lap race.
Four drivers competing in the SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 29 at Richmond International Raceway have a chance to win $50,000 for themselves and a lucky fan as part of a special promotion being conducted by SunTrust Bank.
To participate, fans can fill out an entry blank at any SunTrust branch in Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C. and pick one of four drivers to win the race: Eddie Cheever Jr., Robbie Buhl, Airton Dare or Robby McGehee.
Four lucky fans will each be paired with one of the four drivers and receive a VIP Race Experience on race day, including a meeting with their driver, a garage tour, a gift pack and lunch at the Indy Racing League hospitality pavilion.
If one of the four drivers wins the SunTrust Indy Challenge, both the driver and fan will take home $50,000, courtesy of SunTrust Bank. If none of the four drivers wins the race, the driver with the best finish of the group will still win $1,000 for his fan.
SIGN HERE, PLEASE:
A free autograph session will take place with Indy Racing drivers at 5 p.m. (EDT) June 28 underneath the Dogwood Grandstand prior to MBNA Pole Qualifying.
The Indy Racing League will provide free fan packs to the first 1,500 people at the session.