IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League notebook 2003-01-30

Indy Racing League Notebook Honored Fisher meets Schumacher, Prost; Priestley to be featured on '20/20' INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003 -- IRL IndyCar Series standout Sarah Fisher rubbed elbows with five-time Formula One World ...

Indy Racing League Notebook
Honored Fisher meets Schumacher, Prost; Priestley to be featured on '20/20'

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003 -- IRL IndyCar Series standout Sarah Fisher rubbed elbows with five-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher and retired four-time F1 champion Alain Prost, as she received an award Jan. 28 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris as the "Discovery of the Year."

Fisher received the trophy from Prost during the annual awards dinner for the Festival D'Automobile. Schumacher and Ferrari team principal Jean Todt attended to receive the "Palm D'Or" Award for their remarkable achievements during the 2002 F1 season, which culminated with Schumacher's third consecutive F1 driver's title and Ferrari's fourth consecutive constructor's title.

Two-time IRL IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver Fisher traveled to the event on behalf of her personal sponsor, TAG Heuer.

"It was a rare and exciting privilege for me to receive the award at the Festival in Paris and especially to be able to meet and talk with legendary drivers Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher," Fisher said. "They were very kind to me and knew a lot about the IRL IndyCar Series. It was an experience I'll never forget!"

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Priestley featured on '20/20:' Jason Priestley, who suffered serious injuries in an Infiniti Pro Series practice accident last August at Kentucky Speedway, will talk about his road to recovery with co-host Barbara Walters on ABC's "20/20" on Friday, Jan. 31.

The one-hour show starts at 10 p.m. (EST). Check your local listings.

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Kansas races sell out: Season tickets for the 2003 Kansas Speedway schedule have sold out, a package that includes the Kansas Indy 300 for the IRL IndyCar Series and the Aventis Racing For Kids 100 for the IRL Infiniti Pro Series on July 6.

All 80,187 season tickets have been sold for the 1.5-mile oval in Kansas City.

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Giaffone sixth in Brazilian race: 2001 IRL IndyCar Series Bombardier Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone finished sixth Jan. 26 in the Mil Milhas Brasileiras (Brazilian Thousand Miles), the biggest endurance race in his native country.

Sixty-four cars and around 200 drivers participated in the 13-hour race at Interlagos, site of the Brazilian Grand Prix Formula One race. The 31st annual event takes place as part of the anniversary celebration of the founding of the Brazilian city Sao Paulo, Giaffone's birthplace.

Giaffone's teammates in the prototype sports car were his father, Zeca, and longtime endurance drivers Flavio de Andrade and Ruyter Pacheco. Zeca Giaffone is the only driver to record five victories in Mil Milhas Brasileiras, while de Andrade is the CEO of Souza Cruz, the tobacco company that owns the Hollywood brand, which sponsors Giaffone in IRL IndyCar Series.

IndyCar Series driver Vitor Meira finished second with his prototype team, while IRL veteran Raul Boesel finished third.

"I had finished the race in fourth place in 1999 after having some problems with the car," Felipe Giaffone said. "And here we are again with a not-so-bad result because we had a problem with the clutch. But after being awake the whole night, it's always good to finish a race like this, racing against some of the best drivers in the country.

"I'm proud of racing with my dad, as well. I wish we could win together. But we won't give up. We'll be back next year."

Giaffone and Mo Nunn Racing teammate Tora Takagi will participate in the Test in the West on Feb. 3-8 at California Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.

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Hot laps: IRL Infiniti Pro Series standout Ronnie Johncox is entered to race a midget car in the Rumble in the Dome race Feb. 8 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Indianapolis 500 veteran Johnny Parsons will drive a sprint car and midget. Practice is scheduled for Feb. 7 -- IRL IndyCar Series team Kelley Racing played host to Indianapolis Cub Scout Pack 701 on Jan. 25 for its annual Pinewood Derby competition. Forty-two children competed for trophies in six different categories. Several Kelley team members were on hand to lend their support and cheer on the cars and kids.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Sarah Fisher , Felipe Giaffone , Raul Boesel , Tora Takagi , Alain Prost , Jason Priestley , Ronnie Johncox , Ruyter Pacheco , Johnny Parsons , Jean Todt , Mo Nunn , Vitor Meira