IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League notebook 2003-06-11

Indy Racing League Notebook Dreyer & Reinbold filled with father-child pairs; PPIR fans can help needy INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 11, 2003 -- Father's Day, June 15, has a special meaning for IRL IndyCarTM Series team Dreyer & Reinbold ...

Indy Racing League Notebook
Dreyer & Reinbold filled with father-child pairs; PPIR fans can help needy

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 11, 2003 -- Father's Day, June 15, has a special meaning for IRL IndyCarTM Series team Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

Five sets of fathers and children work on race weekends for the Indianapolis-based team, believed to be more than any other IndyCar Series team. The father-and-child combos:

*Fuel buckeye man Dave Fisher and his daughter, driver Sarah

*Team manager John O'Gara and his son, tire changer Andy

*Pit-board operator Owen Snyder II and his son, engineer Owen III

*Tire specialist Mark Taliaferro Sr. and his son, tire specialist Mark Jr.

*Deadman-valve operator Paul Franzosi and his son, crew chief Brian

The team will be in action June 14-15 at Pikes Peak International Raceway in the Honda Indy 225 with driver-owner Robbie Buhl and driver Sarah Fisher.

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Fans can help needy at PPIR: Care & Share Food Bank will conduct a food drive to help the needy in southern Colorado during the Honda Indy 225 on June 15 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Collection locations will be stationed at both entrance gates of PPIR. Monetary donations and non-perishable goods will be accepted. The most-needed items include canned tuna, canned meat, pasta, canned soup, cereal, canned fruit, peanut butter and canned vegetables.

Care & Share Food Bank will distribute collected donations to southern Colorado agencies such as Silver Key, Boys & Girls Club, Marion House Soup Kitchen and 375 other emergency food pantries and soup kitchens.

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Schmidt Foundation to welcome guests at PPIR: The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) will entertain approximately 30 people associated with Craig Hospital on June 14 at the Pikes Peak International Raceway as part of its "Disability Day" program in conjunction with the IRL IndyCar Series Honda Indy 225 and the IRL Infiniti Pro Series Pikes Peak 100.

The effort is part of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation's program to provide a behind-the-scenes look at IRL racing for patients suffering from a disabling injury and their families. SSPF guests will enjoy lunch in the infield and one-on-one conversations with Sam Schmidt and other IndyCar Series and Infiniti Pro Series drivers.

Guests also will see the garages and cars and watch the Pikes Peak 100. Schmidt owns the Infiniti Pro Series cars driven by Brandon Erwin and Tom Wood.

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Hot laps: IRL IndyCar Series standout Robbie Buhl will visit young patients June 13 at The Children's Hospital in Denver as part of his duties as national spokesperson for Racing For Kids. The visit starts at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) -- Buhl also will visit sick children during a special luncheon presented by the Racing for Corey organization June 14 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Guests will include children of the non-profit, wish-granting organization Dream Weavers and their families -- IRL Infiniti Pro Series standout Brandon Erwin, who is tied for third in the series standings with Jonathan Urlin, earned the John Bearce Motorsports Hard Charger Award for advancing the most positions during the Freedom 100 on May 18 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Erwin, who started 19th and finished 11th, will share the $5,000 award with his Sam Schmidt Motorsports team -- Red Bull Cheever Racing is taking its team to the public through the Red Bull Cheever Racing On Tour program. The tour includes pit-stop competitions, kart racing and remote-controlled car racing in high-profile markets across the United States. Check www.cheeverracing.com for the schedule.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Robbie Buhl , Brandon Erwin , Sam Schmidt , Tom Wood , Jonathan Urlin
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing