IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League Notebook 2004-02-03

Kelley Racing is first to file entries for Homestead, Motegi INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 3, 2004 -- Kelley Racing on Feb. 3 filed entries for the season-opening Toyota Indy 400 and the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first team to file entries for the 2004...

Kelley Racing is first to file entries for Homestead, Motegi

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 3, 2004 -- Kelley Racing on Feb. 3 filed entries for the season-opening Toyota Indy 400 and the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first team to file entries for the 2004 Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series season.

The Indianapolis-based team named 1996 co-champion Scott Sharp as driver of its No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Toyota/Firestone entry. John Worth will serve as Sharp's chief mechanic, while Paul Harcus was named team manager.

Sharp, a resident of Jupiter, Fla., and a native of Norwalk, Conn., is the IndyCar® Series' iron man, starting a record 74 consecutive races. He will add to that streak by taking the green flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Toyota Indy 400 on Feb. 29.

The 2001 Indianapolis 500 pole winner won an IRL IndyCar® Series event for the seventh consecutive season when he captured the inaugural Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi -- the first IRL event held outside of the United States. Sharp will defend his title when the IRL IndyCar® Series returns to Japan on April 17.

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Roth is first entrant: Roth Racing on Feb. 3 became the first Indy Racing League® Menards Infiniti Pro Series team to file entries for 2004 events.

It filed entries for the season-opening Homestead-Miami 100 and the Phoenix 100. Roth, a Menards Infiniti Pro Series veteran, will be the driver of the No. 4 Roth Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone entry. Roth became an owner/driver in the off-season when he purchased the equipment that Panther Racing fielded for Mark Taylor during his 2003 Menards Infiniti Pro Series championship.

Butch Winkel will serve as chief mechanic and Mark M. Moore is team manager.

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Ready for retirement? When Eddie Cheever stepped out of the driver seat at the start of the 2003 season, he wasn't ready to close the book on his career as an IRL IndyCar® Series driver. But don't count on seeing Cheever climbing behind the wheel of a car any time soon.

"I'm a race car driver until about 12 o'clock, when I get into the office and the telephone starts lighting up and you have meetings and deals to do," Cheever, the 1998 Indianapolis 500 champion, said on the weekly IRL teleconference Feb. 3.

Cheever will field cars for IRL IndyCar® Series veteran Alex Barron and Bombardier Rookie of the Year candidate Ed Carpenter. He also is interested in fielding a third Chevrolet-powered entry for the Indianapolis 500. Cheever said he hadn't decided on a driver for a potential third entry.

Could it be him?

"When you see the cars running around, of course you want to jump in it and see how it runs and measure yourself up against others," said Cheever, 45. "But I think that the drivers we have now in our team are doing a great job and they are putting a lot of effort into it, a lot more effort than I would be able to put into it."

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Mark Taylor , Eddie Cheever , Scott Sharp , Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter
Teams Panther Racing