Behind the Barriers Notes and Quotes from the 87th Indianapolis 500 May 9, 2003 Penske's choice Roger Penske announced today that Team Penske would run both the Dallara and Panoz G Force chassis in the 87th Indianapolis 500. Helio Castroneves...
Behind the Barriers
Notes and Quotes from the 87th Indianapolis 500
May 9, 2003
Roger Penske announced today that Team Penske would run both the Dallara and Panoz G Force chassis in the 87th Indianapolis 500. Helio Castroneves will compete in the Dallara chassis while Gil de Ferran has selected the Panoz G Force as his mount. The team had used the Dallara chassis until the third round of the 2003 season when Alex Barron, subbing for the injured Gil de Ferran, competed at the Twin Ring Motegi in the Panoz G Force chassis.
Infiniti Pro Series driver Ed Carpenter faces a busy day Saturday, May 10. After attending commencement exercises at Butler University in Indianapolis, Carpenter will compete in a USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. It's also the start of a busy seven-day stretch for Carpenter, who will drive in the inaugural Freedom 100 Infiniti Pro Series race May 17 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Who's a rookie?
Eight rookies are entered in this year's edition of the Indianapolis 500. While six of the newcomers were required to pass the Speedway's rookie orientation program, Tora Takagi and Scott Dixon were given a pass. Takagi has extensive experience in a variety of formulas, including Formula One and CART. He became a test driver for the Tyrrell F1 team in 1997 and assumed a driving position with the team in 1998. For the 1999 season the Japanese driver joined Arrows. After switching to the Formula Nippon Series in 2000, he won a record eight of ten races on the way to the series championship. In 2001 he joined Walker Racing's CART team.
Rock and roll
Cracker has been announced as the headliner for the popular Carb Day concert on May 22, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Activities for Carb Day kickoff with the practice from 11:00-1:00 pm. It will be the final practice for the IndyCar Series cars before the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25. The 27th annual Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge will take place from 1:30-3:00 pm. Cracker will take to the Coca Cola stage, located in the Pagoda Plaza, at 3:30 pm. Cracker's 1992 debut album, Cracker Brand," featured the memorable hit "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)." The band released their most recent album, "Forever," in 2002.
Rock and roll part two
Kenny Brack will introduce his new band on Tuesday at Ike & Jonesy's in Indianapolis. The concert is scheduled for 4:30-6:00 pm. Ike & Jonesy's is located in downtown Indianapolis at 17 Jackson Place. Arrive early if you want to attend.
Tora Takagi knew the Indianapolis 500 was a big race but it wasn't until setting the fastest practice lap on Monday that he found out how big. "I received a phone call telling me I was on the front page of the newspaper in Japan," said Takagi. "I've been receiving emails from the executives at Pioneer, who are very excited -- telling me that they will be coming to the race and congratulating me."
Infiniti Pro Series on the bill
For the first time in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a second race will share the bill with the Indianapolis 500. The Freedom 100 Infiniti Pro Series race will be held on Saturday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m. local time. ESPN2 will provide live television coverage of the race starting at 3:00 pm EDT.
Experience it all
The IRL Fan Experience is a big part of a visit to the Speedway in May. The "Indy Racing Challenge," "Indy Racing Kids," and "Indy Racing Pit Stop Challenge" offer a set of hands-on activities to give fans a chance to simulate being an IndyCar Series driver or crew member. The Fan Experience, located adjacent to the Hall of Fame Museum, is open May 9-11, 16-18, 21-22 and 25. Don't miss it.