IPS: IRL: Behind The Barriers: Chicagoland

With three races remaining this season, six drivers remain in contention for the 2005 championship. Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon leads the pack with a 79-point advantage over Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan. Sam Hornish Jr. ...

With three races remaining this season, six drivers remain in contention for the 2005 championship. Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon leads the pack with a 79-point advantage over Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan. Sam Hornish Jr. (-96), Dario Franchitti (-122), Scott Sharp (-151) and Helio Castroneves (-157) remain in the hunt but Sharp and Castroneves will be eliminated when Wheldon takes the green flag this weekend.

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John S. "Jack" Pagan, former IndyCar Series owner, whose team finished second in the Indianapolis 500 in 1999 with driver Jeff Ward passed away on Thursday, September 8 after a long battle with cancer. He was 76. Well respected in the business and motorsport world, Pagan raced sports cars throughout the '50s and '60s. He opened Pagan Lewis Motors, a successful Corpus Christi automobile dealership in 1958. A quiet and fun loving guy, Pagan could be described as old school, a man whose word or handshake was as good as a contract. Pagan is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley, his daughter, Leah, his son, Allan C. Pagan II, and two brothers, Robert and Charles Pagan.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Seaside Funeral Home with private entombment at Seaside Memorial Park.

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The assets of Mo Nunn Racing were auctioned off at his westside Indianapolis shop on Wednesday and Thursday. This wekleend Nunn is in the pit of the No. 9 entry of Chip Ganassi Racing this weekend, engineering Scott Dixon's car. Jim Hamilton, who had engineered the No. 9 entry has been moved to the No. 10 of Jaques Lazier.

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Richie Hearn still holds the Chicagoland Speedway track record at 223.159 mph (24.5206 seconds). Hearn set the record in September 2003.

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Dan Wheldon's No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Honda-powered-powered Dallara is sporting a slighting different paint scheme this weekend. Jim Beam Black graces the car's engine cover with white lettering on a black background. Black trim is also located just above each sidepod on Wheldon's Andretti Green Racing entry.

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Thiago Medeiros tested for Dreyer and Reinbold at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday September 2. The young Brazilian made a long run as well as several simulated qualifying runs. Medeiros is scheduled to make his IndyCar Series debut with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing at Fontana.

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Jimmy Kite, Stockbridge, Ga., turned demonstration laps at California Speedway prior to the Sony HD 500 NEXTEL Cup event. With twenty minutes to go before the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup green flag, Kite took to the 2-mile speedway to give stock car fans a sense of what they can expect when the IRL IndyCar Series makes its appearance there on October 16. Kite has yet to compete in an IndyCar Series event at California Speedway.

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Geoff Dodge is ready for his test at Chicagoland Speedway on Monday. Knoxville Nationals "Fast Track to Indy Rookie of the Year" Geoff Dodge will test in an Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series car Sept. 12 at Chicagoland Speedway. Geoff and his father Dick Dodge are both in attendance at the Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. Both father and son have competed in 410 winged sprint car competition. Dodge test will be conducted by Brian Stewart Racing. The team will also will test Daniel Gaunt on Sept. 12. Gaunt is a 21-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand who has competed in Formula Ford in New Zealand and the Toyota Racing Series in Australia.

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Firestone delivered 828 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. This weekend's tire is a brand-new specification featuring new left and right side compounds, designed, in part to increase resistance to heat. The new compound, which was tested as Kansas Speedway earlier this summer, also features increased durability of the right rear tire.

Indy Racing League team and sponsor business news

The all-new eighth generation 2006 Honda Civic made its debut at dealerships nationwide this week with prices starting at $14,360 for the Civic DX Coupe and $14,560 for the Civic DX Sedan. The 2006 Civic features the new Honda Music Link iPod(R) adaptor in conjunction with Apple. This Genuine Honda accessory was developed to enable Honda drivers to utilize their iPod directly through the audio system.

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Delphi Corp., sponsor of Scott Sharp's No. 8 car will provide the current range of new M- and R-Class Mercedes-Benz with a rear seat entertainment system as an optional accessory. In the next seven years, Delphi will supply Mercedes-Benz with up to 12,000 Delphi infotainment sets per year for the North American and European markets. The system consisting of four high-tech entertainment components is an original Mercedes-Benz accessory provided by Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH which can be obtained after the market introduction of the vehicles at all Mercedes-Benz sales partners.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Jeff Ward , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Jaques Lazier  , Jimmy Kite , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Richie Hearn , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Geoff Dodge , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr. , Mo Nunn , Thiago Medeiros
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Toyota Racing