IPS: IRL: Behind the Barriers: Indy Bump day

Speedway pressroom manager Bill York celebrated his birthday in the media center this afternoon with birthday cake and an exhibit of racing and Indianapolis sports memorabilia. After wrapping up the celebration, York moved to his office and ...

Speedway pressroom manager Bill York celebrated his birthday in the media center this afternoon with birthday cake and an exhibit of racing and Indianapolis sports memorabilia. After wrapping up the celebration, York moved to his office and announced that Tony Stewart had passed his drivers physical at the infield care center. Thinking it was a prank; journalists remained at their workstations. It wasn't until news that Stewart was inside the A.J. Foyt garage did members of the media, along with hundreds of fans, flocked to the doors of Foyt's garage. The rumor frenzy swirled with talk that Stewarts' appearance was a staged photo-op to the Indiana native actually taking a shot at qualifying Foyt's 14T car. The 14T was towed to pit lane with Stewart's name on the side, then Stewart appeared on pit lane, dressed in a driver's suit, helmet in hand. Before he could don the helmet, news broke that contractual obligations prohibited Stewart from making a run in the car. Whether a publicity stunt or half baked attempt at putting the 14T in the show, it made a rainy afternoon at the Speedway a little brighter.

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On Wednesday, May 26, Gasoline Alley will be open to the public from 11:00 to 6:00 p.m. A $5 ticket allows access to the garage area where drivers will be available for autographs. Live music, a media pit stop competition and a chance to drive your vehicle around the historic speedway are all part of the day's activities.

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Meet Parnelli Jones, his son P.J. Jones, Al Unser Jr. and Tom Bigelow at the Kroger grocery store located at 5718 Crawfordsville Rd. on Tuesday, May 25 from 5 to 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, the same store hosts an appearance by Rahal Letterman Racing drivers Buddy Rice and Kenny Brack, from 5 to 6:00 p.m.

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The Indiana section of the Society of Automotive Engineers announced Friday that the Honda HI4R-A IndyCar Series engine was awarded the 38th Louis Schwitzer Award. Honda's new 3-liter engine swept the top seven starting positions for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500. Honda's Robert Clarke indicated that half of Honda's track support engineers are recruited from participants in the Formula SAE competition, a partnership between the SAE and leading engineering schools.

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On May 28 and 29, the National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show will be held at the Indiana Convention Center. The show runs from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Online auctions have put a crimp in the show in recent years but this year's show promises appearances by Mario Andretti, Arie Luyendyk and Mel Kenyon. Admission is $10 on Friday and $7 on Saturday.

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The Lyn St. James Foundation will host the "Women in Winners Circle Luncheon" May 24 at the University of Indianapolis. The event honors women's achievement in motorsport. St. James, Sarah Fisher, Erin Crocker and Sarah McCune are among the 33 drivers attending the event. For reservations call (317) 920-2253

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Immediately after finishing fourth in his first Menards Infiniti Pro Series race, veteran USAC driver Jay Drake traveled to Terre Haute for the Tony Hulman Classic USAC sprint car race where he finished second.

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The annual Hall of Fame/500 Oldtimers Banquet was held Friday night in downtown Indianapolis, where Tony George announced five new members to the Speedway's Hall of Fame. The latest inductees were drivers Mark Donohue, Emerson Fittipaldi and Tom Sneva and team owners Lindsey Hopkins and Jack Zink.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Tony Stewart , Sarah Fisher , Al Unser Jr. , Arie Luyendyk , Lyn St. James , Mario Andretti , Tom Sneva , Parnelli Jones , Buddy Rice , P.J. Jones , Emerson Fittipaldi , Jay Drake , Tony George , Sarah McCune , A.J. Foyt , Mark Donohue , Robert Clark