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For Immediate Release Entry List & Schedule Follows INDY RACING LEAGUE STANDING TALL IN THE SADDLE FOR TEXAS INDIANAPOLIS, May 21, 1997 -- When the Indy Racing League introduces a new type ...

For Immediate Release Entry List & Schedule Follows

INDY RACING LEAGUE STANDING TALL IN THE SADDLE FOR TEXAS

INDIANAPOLIS, May 21, 1997 -- When the Indy Racing League introduces a new type horsepower to the Texas prairie June 7 there will be a full complement of drivers riding herd. The entry list of 28 racers for the inaugural True Value 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth is headed by Indy 500 pole-sitter Arie Luyendyk; Team Menard's Tony Stewart, who joins Luyendyk on the Indy front row; League points leader Mike Groff; 1997 Phoenix 200 winner Jim Guthrie and 1997 Indy 200 at Walt Disney World victor Eddie Cheever, Jr. Also, galloping for a starting spot and the event's $1 million-plus strongbox are 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier; and 1996 IRL co-champions Buzz Calkins and Scott Sharp. IRL notables Scott Goodyear, Lyn St. James, John Paul Jr., Robbie Buhl, Roberto Guerrero, Marco Greco, Davey Hamilton, Mark Dismore, and Eliseo Salazar will join in the competition. Local heros Greg Ray from nearby Plano and Allen May from Dallas will attempt to brand their names in the record book. "This is a strong field for the Inaugural True Value 500," said Indy Racing League executive director Leo Mehl. "This is an exciting time from several standpoints -- the competition among IRL teams right now is fierce and we'll be coming off the Indianapolis 500. All the League's top names will be present, so you can expect a very exciting race at one of the best sporting facilities in the world." The newly constructed Texas Motor Speedway is the country's second largest sporting facility with permanent seating for 150,061 and a total capacity of 203,061. The track displays a unique dual-banked design and is 1.5 miles in length. The True Value 500 will mark the first night event in modern Indy-style car racing history. The last night national championship race was July 12, 1969 at Nazareth, Pa. The green flag is set to fall at 7 PM (CST) and will be broadcast live on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and televised tape-delayed on ESPN 2. Joining the Indy Racing League in Texas is NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series and a Legends car race. IRL cars will be on the track for practice Tuesday, June 3, practice and qualifying Wednesday, June 4, and practice again Friday, June 6.

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INDY RACING LEAGUE Inaugural True Value 500 Schedule of Events

Tuesday, June 3, 1997 4:00 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. INDY RACING LEAGUE PRACTICE 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. INDY RACING LEAGUE PRACTICE

Wednesday, June 4, 1997 1:00 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m Legends Car Practice 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. INDY RACING LEAGUE PRACTICE 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Celebrity Legends Practice 7:15 p.m. IRL Cars in Qualification Line 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. BUDWEISER IRL QUALIFYING

Thursday, June 5, 1997 12:00 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. IRL Driver Autograph Session (in the West End in Dallas) 3:15 p.m - 5:00 p.m. Legends Car Practice and Heats 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Budweiser NASCAR Craftsman Truck Qualifying

Friday, June 6, 1997 12:00 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Final Practice 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Legends Car Practice 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Legends Car Races (3-25 Lap Features) 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. INDY RACING LEAGUE PRACTICE 7:00 p.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Pronto Auto Parts 400 (167 Laps)

Saturday, June 7, 1997 12:00 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Troy Aikman Celebrity Stars & Legends 6:15 p.m. Indy Racing League Cars Grid 7:00 p.m. INAUGURAL TRUE VALUE 500 (208 LAPS)

**Scheduled to Change (as of 5/21/97)

INDY RACING LEAGUE Inaugural True Value 500 - Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, June 7, 1997 ENTRY LIST

Car Driver Hometown Car Name C/E/T Entrant Chief Mechanic 1 Scott Sharp Danville, CA Conseco AJ Foyt Racing G/A/G AJ Foyt Enterprises Craig Baranouski 1T Scott Sharp Danville, CA Conseco AJ Foyt Racing D/A/G AJ Foyt Enterprises Craig Baranouski 2 Tony Stewart Indianapolis, IN Glidden/Menards/Special G/A/F Team Menard, Inc. John O'Gara 2T Tony Stewart Indianapolis, IN Glidden/Menards/Special G/A/F Team Menard, Inc. John O'Gara 3 Robbie Buhl Miami, FL Menards/Quaker State/Special G/A/F Team Menard, Inc. Bill Martin 3T Robbie Buhl Miami, FL Menards/Quaker State/Special G/A/F Team Menard, Inc. Bill Martin 4 R Kenny Brack Karlstad, Sweden Monsoon Galles Racing G/A/G Galles Racing International Gary Armentrout 4T R Kenny Brack Karlstad, Sweden Monsoon Galles Racing G/A/G Galles Racing International Gary Armentrout 5 Arie Luyendyk Scottsdale, AZ Treadway Racing/Wavephore G/A/F Treadway Racing, LLC Skip Faul 6 Scott Goodyear Toronto, Ontario, Canada Treadway Racing/Nortel G/A/F Treadway Racing, LLC Kevin Blanch 7 Eliseo Salazar Santiago, Chile Copec/Cristal/Scandia D/A/G Team Scandia Dane Harte 10 Mike Groff Pasadena, CA Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria Bryant Heating & Cooling G/I/F Jonathan Byrd-Cunningham Racing LLC Mark Olson 10T Mike Groff Pasadena, CA Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria Bryant Heating & Cooling G/I/F Jonathan Byrd-Cunningham Racing LLC Mark Olson 12 Buzz Calkins Denver, CO Bradley Food Marts G/A/G Bradley Motorsports Steve Ritenour 12T Buzz Calkins Denver, CO Bradley Food Marts G/A/G Bradley Motorsports Steve Ritenour 14 Davey Hamilton Boise, ID AJ Foyt PowerTeam Racing G/A/ G AJ Foyt Enterprises John King 14T Davey Hamilton Boise, ID AJ Foyt PowerTeam Racing D/A/G AJ Foyt Enterprises John King 16 R Sam Schmidt Las Vegas, NV HOPE Prepaid Fuel Card D/A/F Blueprint Racing, Inc. Tommy O'Brien 17 R Affonso Giaffone Sao Paulo, Brazil General Motors of Brazil D/A/G Chitwood Motorsports, Inc. Mark Stainbrook 17T R Affonso Giaffone Sao Paulo, Brazil General Motors of Brazil D/A/G Chitwood Motorsports, Inc. Mark Stainbrook 18 John Paul, Jr. West Palm Beach, FL Klipsch Overhead Door Tnemec V-Line Earl's Pyle D/A/G PDM Racing, Inc. Chuck Buckman 21 Roberto Guerrero San Juan Capistrano, CA Pennzoil-Pagan Racing Dallara Infiniti D/I/G Pagan Racing John Barnes 21T Roberto Guerrero San Juan Capistrano, CA Pennzoil-Pagan Racing Dallara Infiniti D/I/G Pagan Racing John Barnes 22 Marco Greco Sao Paulo, Brazil Side Play Int'l Scandia Alta Xcel D/A/G Team Scandia TBA 27 R Jim Guthrie Albuquerque, NM Blueprint Racing/Jacuzzi/Armour Golf/ERTL/Dallara D/A/F Blueprint Racing, Inc. Randy Ruyle 28 Mark Dismore Greenfield, IN Kelley Racing Grainger D/A/G Kelley Racing/PDM Racing, Inc. TBA 30 TBA McCormack Motorsports G/A/G McCormack Motorsports, Inc. Phil McRobert 33 R Fermin Velez Barcelona, Spain Old Navy Scandia Royal Purple Alta Xcel D/A/G Team Scandia Brad McCanless 34 Alessandro Zampedri Monte Carlo, Monaco Mi-Jack Scandia Royal Purple D/A/G Team Scandia Jack Pegues 36 R Scott Harrington Indianapolis, IN Johansson/Immke Motorsports G/I/F Johansson Motorsports, Inc. Steve Melson 40 R Dr. Jack Miller Carmel, IN AMS/Crest Racing D/I/F Arizona Motorsports Joe Kennedy 44 R Allen May Dallas, TX Sinden Racing Service D/A/G Sinden Racing Service Owen Snyder 50 R Billy Roe Gilbert, AZ Eurointernational Dallara Aurora Sega Racing D/A/F Eurointernational Inc. Billy Bignotti 50T R Billy Roe Gilbert, AZ Eurointernational Dallara Aurora Sega Racing D/A/F Eurointernational Inc. Billy Bignotti 51 Eddie Cheever, Jr. Tampa, FL FirstPlus Team Cheever G/A/G FirstPlus Team Cheever Mitch Davis 51 Eddie Cheever, Jr. Tampa, FL FirstPlus Team Cheever G/A/G FirstPlus Team Cheever Mitch Davis 54 TBA Beck Motorsports D/I/F Beck Motorsports TBA 77 Stephan Gregoire Vittel, France Chastain Motorsports G/A/G Chastain Motorsports TBA 90 Lyn St. James Daytona Beach, FL Lifetime TV/Cinergy D/I/F LSJ Racing/Hemelgarn Racing, Inc. Walter Gerber 91 Buddy Lazier Vail, CO Delta Faucet-Montana-Hemelgarn Racing D/I/F Hemelgarn Racing, Inc. Dennis LaCava 91T Buddy Lazier Vail, CO Delta Faucet-Montana-Hemelgarn Racing D/A/F Hemelgarn Racing, Inc. Dennis LaCava 97 R Greg Ray Plano, TX Thomas Knapp Motorsports D/A/F Thomas Knapp Motorsport/Genoa Troy Stevens LEGEND: R- IRL Series Rookie CHASSIS: D- Dallara; G- G Force ENGINE: A- Oldsmobile Aurora V-8; I- Nissan Infinit Indy V-8 TIRES: F- Firestone; G- Goodyear Issued: May 20, 1997 (12:00 p.m.)

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