IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League notebook 2003-01-23

Indy Racing League Notebook IRL drivers hit road at Daytona; League posters to be on 'Raymond' INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003 -- A group of past and present IRL IndyCar Series and Infiniti Pro Series drivers are hitting the road ...

Indy Racing League Notebook
IRL drivers hit road at Daytona; League posters to be on 'Raymond'

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003 -- A group of past and present IRL IndyCar Series and Infiniti Pro Series drivers are hitting the road Jan. 31-Feb. 2 by participating in the annual Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car endurance classic at Daytona International Speedway.

1996 IndyCar Series co-champion Scott Sharp, who drove on the winning team in this event in 1996, will drive the No. 59 Goodyear Porsche Fabcar in the new Daytona Prototype category. One of his four teammates will be retired IndyCar Series race winner and current ABC IndyCar Series analyst Scott Goodyear.

Also driving with Sharp and Goodyear are sports-car legend Hurley Haywood and J.C. France.

2000 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Airton Dare is co-driving the No. 7 Dark Hog/H&R Saleen S7R in the GTS class along with Franz Konrad, Jean Francois Yvon and Tony Seiler.

Infiniti Pro Series race winner Ryan Hampton is co-driving the No. 34 Ferrari-Maserati of Ontario Ferrari 360GT along with Mauro Baldi, Justin Keen and Eric Van de Poele.

Hampton will be challenged in the same class by IndyCar Series veteran Anthony Lazzaro, part of the No. 35 Calpont Ferrari 360GT team along with Ralf Kelleners and Johnny Mowlem.

The round-the-clock race starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) Feb. 1 on the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona, which includes part of the famous 2.5-mile, high-banked oval.

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IRL to be featured on 'Raymond:' Indy Racing League posters and pictures will be visible in an upcoming episode of the popular CBS comedy, "Everybody Loves Raymond," as part of the IRL's relationship with product placement company AIM Promotions.

The show with the IRL presence will be televised at 9 p.m. (EST) Jan. 27.

An IRL sign was featured in an episode of "Raymond" last season.

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Helio, Penske honored by BorgWarner: 2002 Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and his team owner, Roger Penske, received their BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy and BorgWarner Team Owner's Trophy, respectively, from BorgWarner CEO John Fiedler on Jan. 15 during the Automotive News World Congress Gala Dinner in Dearborn, Mich.

The Championship Driver's Trophy is known as the "Baby Borg" because it's a replica of the Borg-Warner Trophy that honors every Indianapolis 500 winner.

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IRL featured prominently in Texas Tour: Three drivers from the Indy Racing League -- more than any other sanctioning body -- will appear on the Texas Tour 2003 on Jan. 29, the annual Media Day at Texas Motor Speedway.

Defending IRL IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. and 1998 series champion Kenny Brack will appear, while Arie Luyendyk Jr. will represent the IRL Infiniti Pro Series.

TMS plays host to two Indy Racing League events in 2003, the Bombardier 500 on June 7 and the season-ending Chevy 500 on Oct. 12. IRL IndyCar Series races will take place at both events, with the Infiniti Pro Series racing Oct. 11 on the 1.5-mile oval.

Among the drivers from other series participating are four-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver David Starr and Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver Tyler Walker.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Franz Konrad , Ralf Kelleners , David Starr , Scott Sharp , Airton Daré , Scott Goodyear , Helio Castroneves , Kenny Brack , Mauro Baldi , Anthony Lazzaro , Ryan Hampton , Johnny Mowlem , J.C. Fra , Roger Penske , Sam Hornish Jr. , Arie Luyendyk Jr.