IPS: IRL: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Notebook 2004-04-08

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Notebook Carnegie honored by Indiana broadcasters; Castroneves to call Futaba Freedom 100 INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 8, 2004 -- Legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway public address announcer Tom Carnegie was...

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Notebook
Carnegie honored by Indiana broadcasters; Castroneves to call Futaba Freedom 100

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 8, 2004 -- Legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway public address announcer Tom Carnegie was inducted into the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame at ceremonies April 3 in Indianapolis.

Carnegie has been the voice of the Speedway since 1946, coining such famous phrases as "Heeeee's on it!" while informing millions of fans over the years. Carnegie, 84, was unable to attend due to illness, so Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson accepted the award and spoke on Carnegie's behalf.

"Well, I started in Indiana in 1942 in radio in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at WOWO, and it's been a lifelong, love affair with Hoosiers," Carnegie said. "This is sort of the crowning achievement, and I really appreciate it that the fellow broadcasters would single me out for this honor. I want to thank them sincerely.

"I wasn't able to be there due to a visit to the hospital when the ceremony was presented, but my friend, Donald Davidson, handled the acceptance and now I would like to do it in person sometime during the month of May at trackside. I think that would be a lot of fun and let the fans in on the occasion, also."

Carnegie is recovering from pneumonia and plans to be ready to call the action starting on Indianapolis Star Opening Day of the 88th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 9.

"I received excellent care, and I'm on the road to recovery looking forward to being out at the racetrack starting on Opening Day. It looks like everything is going to be OK. No problems."

Get-well wishes to Carnegie can be sent to:

Tom Carnegie
c/o IMS Public Relations
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
4790 W. 16th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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Helio on the air: Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will provide on-air commentary during the live ESPN2 broadcast of the Futaba Freedom 100 Menards Infiniti Pro SeriesTM race on Saturday, May 22 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The broadcast starts at 2 p.m. (EDT). Marlboro Team Penske star Castroneves also served as an on-air commentator during ESPN2's telecast of the inaugural Futaba Freedom 100.

"I'm honored that I've been invited to participate in this event again," Castroneves said. "The Infiniti Pro Series is an ideal way for drivers to gain valuable experience before they make the step up to the IndyCar Series, and I'm just glad I get to be a part of this important race."

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Pauley named parade grand marshal: Well-known broadcaster Jane Pauley will serve as grand marshal of the Flagstar Bank 500 Festival Parade on Saturday, May 29 in Indianapolis.

Pauley, an Indianapolis native, is best known as the longtime morning broadcaster for NBC's "Today" show. She also worked as an NBC reporter and most recently as co-host for NBC's popular news magazine, "Dateline," which concluded for Pauley in May 2003 at the end of her contract.

She began her career at age 21, when she was hired as a daytime and weekend newscaster for WISH-TV in Indianapolis.

The 2-mile parade steps off at North Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Indianapolis, heads south on Pennsylvania to Washington Street, travels west on Washington to Meridian Street, and proceeds north on Meridian to 11th Street. The parade starts at noon (EST).

Tickets are $12.50 for reserved bleacher seats, $16 for reserved chair seats, and $27.50 for VIP reserved seats in the TV zone. To order tickets or for more information, call (317) 614-6400, toll-free at (800) 638-4296 or visit www.500festival.com. Tickets also are available at Marsh Supermarkets and Ticketmaster outlets.

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Penske to speak at breakfast: The 2004 500 Festival Mayors Breakfast -- the traditional meeting of Hoosier mayors, community and business leaders and race fans -- will welcome motorsports legend Roger Penske as its keynote speaker Saturday, May 22 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

At age 27, Penske hung up his racing suit to concentrate on the business of the sport. Today, at age 67, he commands a vast corporate empire that embraces more than 13,000 employees.

His teams have 245 major race victories and hold dozens of track records. Penske teams have captured a record 13 Indianapolis 500 victories, including the last three with drivers Helio Castroneves and the now retired Gil de Ferran.

Corporate and community tables of 10 for the Mayors Breakfast are now available, as well as individual tickets. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the 500 Festival at (317) 614-6400 or toll-free at (800) 638-4296. Information also is available at www.500festival.com.

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St. James to speak at tournament: Indianapolis 500 veteran Lyn St. James will serve as honorary chairperson and guest speaker for the ninth annual Mary Fendrich Hulman Women's Golf Tournament on May 25 at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Indianapolis.

St. James was the second woman to race in the Indianapolis 500. She made seven Indy 500 starts between 1992-2000 and was named Bank One Rookie of the Year after finishing 11th in the 1992 Indianapolis 500.

The event will again benefit the USAC Benevolent Foundation, which started in the 1950s as to provide assistance for those injured in USAC competition and their families.

Call Marie Hall, tournament chairperson, at (317) 247-1519 for information about the tournament.

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Following Gordon: The Associated Press plans to distribute five first-person columns by Indianapolis 500 driver Robby Gordon to its member media outlets during May.

Gordon will attempt the "Daily Double" of racing in the 88th Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, N.C., on the same day May 30.

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Mini-Marathon salutes soldiers: While the field for the 28th running of the Indianapolis Life 500 Festival Mini-Marathon reached its 30,000 entry limit, 500 Festival officials recently announced that additional athletes will be joining the field.

They won't pick up race packets at the Health & Fitness Expo, start in corrals on Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis or celebrate at the finish line on New York Street. Instead, they will start the 13.1-mile race in fields of Bosnia and celebrating with meals-ready-to-eat (known to the soldiers as MREs) instead of a post-race party in downtown Indianapolis.

A special satellite version of the Indianapolis Life 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, designed for troops who wanted to participate but couldn't due to their tour of duty in Bosnia, will take place Saturday, May 8.

Indianapolis' Indiana National Guard 38th Infantry Division either have been deployed or are scheduled for deployment to Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with additional troops from other forces that make up the Stabilization Force (SFOR), leaving many soldiers unable to participate in the Indianapolis Life 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Their idea was to stage a half-marathon at Eagle Base in Bosnia and have their results posted to the Mini's official results roster.

"We took it a step further," said Kirk Hendrix, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. "We wanted to provide them with the whole experience, from time to the T-shirts. So we developed a complete Mini-kit, compliments of the 500 Festival corporate sponsors, so the troops can feel as much a part of it as possible, short of being in Indianapolis."

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway also contributed items to the Mini kit, and the Speedway was one of the sponsors that provided support to allow troops to register for the race for free.

The public can show their support for the troops participating in the Bosnia Mini-Marathon by signing a banner that will be at the Mini-Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, May 6-7 at the Indiana Convention Center. In addition, the banner will be in the Rest & Recovery area in Military Park on Saturday, May 8. The banner will be shipped to troops following the Indianapolis Life 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.

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Labonte providing grassroots opportunities: 2000 Brickyard 400 winner Bobby Labonte, members of the North Carolina Quarter-Midget Association and officials from Rowan County, N.C. participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the state-of-the-art North Carolina Quarter-Midget Association Speedway last month in Rowan County, N.C.

The track will be the first quarter-midget track in North Carolina and is set to be completed in May 2004. The paved track will be 1/20th of a mile long, and the 20-acre facility is designed strictly for quarter-midget racing.

2000 NASCAR champion Labonte, who started his career in quarter-midgets, fields cars for his son, Tyler, age 9, and his daughter, Madison, age 6.

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Different eras: Troy Ruttman won the 1952 Indianapolis 500 and earned a purse of $61,743. Nearly 52 years later, his brother Joe Ruttman drove four laps and finished 42nd in NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup Series Food City 500 on March 28 at Bristol, Tenn., and pocketed a check for $66,335.

The money value of today and then, obviously, is different, but still it illustrates how far auto racing has come in the past half-century.

Joe Ruttman, 59, has driven in four races this season and won $224,816 for completing a total of 33 laps.

His brother Troy, who died May 19, 1997, drove in 12 Indianapolis 500's and won $122,528.

In 1952, series champion Tim Flock and Herb Thomas won eight races in the NASCAR series and earned $6,858.50 and $6,752.50, respectively. Flock drove in 33 races, Thomas 32. Dick Rathmann, who drove in nine Indianapolis 500's, earned $3,952.50 for 27 races and finished fifth in the standings.

Ruttman is no newcomer to NASCAR racing. He made his first start in 1963, finishing 10th. Twice he finished third in the Daytona 500. He was USAC's 1980 stock car champion and was a stellar driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in its formative years.

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Miller to train IMS concessionaires: In recognition of April Alcohol Awareness Month, Miller Brewing Company and its distributor partners have implemented a number of local and nationwide initiatives designed to increase awareness and help aid in the prevention of drunk driving, over-consumption and illegal underage drinking.

Monarch Beverage Co. will conduct TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) Training April 17 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Through this program, a team will train approximately 60 concessionaires at the Speedway, preparing them to serve responsibly during upcoming events such as the Indianapolis 500, United States Grand Prix and Brickyard 400. TIPS is a nationally recognized alcohol sales training program created by Health Communications Inc. that provides servers with the information and skills needed to responsibly serve alcohol beverages.

"We're looking forward to playing host to a TIPS training session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Joie Chitwood, senior vice president, business affairs, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "The IMS servers will undoubtedly benefit from the TIPS training and as a result, ensure that our fans have a safe, responsible experience at our major events."

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IMS photo chief featured on radio: Ron McQueeney, longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway director of photography, will be a guest on Shutterbug Magazine Radio between 5-6 p.m. (EDT) Friday, April 9.

The show, which focuses on the world of photography, is available live and in archived format at www.wsradio.com/shutterbug. Jack Warren is the host.

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"500" legend Ward convalescing: Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward has entered a convalescent center in Anaheim, Calif., following a critical health-care situation in March.

Ward, 83, is the last surviving Indianapolis 500 winner from the 1950s. Driving for the Leader Card team, he won in 1959 and then again in 1962. From 1959-64, he had consecutive finishes of first, second, third, first, fourth and second.

Friends and family may send Ward a card at:

Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center
3415 W. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92805

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Tickets: Tickets are available for all three events in 2004 at the Speedway, the 88th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 30, the United States Grand Prix on Sunday, June 20 and the 11th Brickyard 400 on Sunday, Aug. 8. For information or to purchase tickets, 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 , Indy Lights , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Robby Gordon , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Joe Ruttman , Lyn St. James , Rodger Ward , Roger Penske , Tim Flock
Teams Team Penske