Beyond the Barrier Notes and Quotes from the 87th Indianapolis 500 Tuesday May 6, 2003 Heeeeee's on it On May 25 Tom Carnegie will call his 58th Indianapolis 500. His familiar voice will be heard on a brand new public address system boasting...
Beyond the Barrier
Notes and Quotes from the 87th Indianapolis 500
Tuesday May 6, 2003
Heeeeee's on it
On May 25 Tom Carnegie will call his 58th Indianapolis 500. His familiar voice will be heard on a brand new public address system boasting more than 317,000 watts of power. The new system features 341 loudspeakers around the facility and 38 subwoofers along the front straight. More than 70 miles of wire was used to install the new system, which is the world's largest public address system.
Joining Carnegie on the public address system will be Jim Phillippe, who will announce his 56th race and Dave Calabro, sports director for Indianapolis television station WTHR.
She's on it
On-air radio personality Laura Steele joins the Indianapolis Motor Speedway public address system staff becoming the first woman in history on the staff. Steele is heard on local Indianapolis radio station WFBQ-FM (94.7)
If you're one of the first 3,000 fans at the Speedway on the following days you will receive a special souvenir.
May 10 -- Indy Racing League Fan Guide with driver trading cards (available in the Bombardier Pagoda Plaza)
May 17 -- Indy 500 Visor courtesy of Coca Cola (available in the Bombardier Pagoda Plaza)
May 18 -- "Art in Motion" Indy 500 die-cast car (available in the Bombardier Pagoda Plaza)
May 21 -- IRL Hat
Eye in the sky
Infiniti Pro Series driver Mark Taylor spent opening day at the Speedway high atop the Northeast Vista spotting for Sam Hornish. Taylor, driver of the No. 4 Panther Racing entry in the Pro series, is working with Pancho Carter, who usually spots for Hornish and Taylor. "Anytime you can see the cars out on the track you learn," said Taylor. Hopefully, I'll be here next year."
Arie Luyendyk Jr was also in the Northeast Vista spotting for his father. Both Taylor and Luyendyk Jr. expect to compete in the Freedom 100 Infiniti Pro Series race at the Speedway on May 17.
Green, green, green
The honorary starter for Wednesday, May 6 will be Boomer, the mascot for the Indiana Pacers.
Going once, going twice, sold!
An auction to benefit the Michael Andretti Foundation and Education is Freedom foundation started online on April 25. The auction, which features items such as a ride in the Indy Racing two-seater, a position on Andretti's crew during the 500 and a Klein Tools aerobatic ride, ends May 10 at 10:30 pm. Fans can bid by visiting auction.andretti.com.
A total of 46 cars are now at the Speedway, and 45 have passed technical inspection. While 55 drivers have passed their physical examinations, only 26 have been on track through the first two days of practice.
Infiniti Pro Series Paddock
When the Infiniti Pro Series comes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week for the inaugural Freedom 100 on May 17 they'll find the garages in Gasoline Alley completely full. The Pro Series paddock will be located just behind the row of hospitality coaches outside the southern edge of the garage area.
The five drivers who have earned back-to-back victories will be honored at the Speedway this week. Each driver's winning car will take a ceremonial lap of the track. Here's the schedule with each ceremony taking place at 3:00 pm.
May 6 (1939-1940) Wilbur Shaw -- Boyle Special
May 7 (1947-1948) Mauri Rose -- Blue Crown Spark Plug Special
May 8 (1970-1971) Al Unser -- 1970 Johnny Lightning Special
May 9 (2002-2002) Helio Castroneves -- 2001 Penske Dallara Oldsmobile
Bill Vukovitch's Fuel Injection Special (1953-1954) will be on display at the Hall of Fame Museum throughout the month of May.