IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League Notebook 2004-02-26

Indy Racing League Notebook World Champion Triathlete Gets Ride of His Life INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004 -- What does a two-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion do to cool down from a short training ride? He takes a high-speed ride...

Indy Racing League Notebook
World Champion Triathlete Gets Ride of His Life

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004 -- What does a two-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion do to cool down from a short training ride?

He takes a high-speed ride in the Indy Racing Experience two-seater, of course.

Triathlete Tim DeBoom, from Lyons, Colo., and IRL IndyCar® Series driver Tony Kanaan toured Homestead-Miami Speedway in the two-seat IndyCar Series car on Feb 26.

"Being able to get in the car with him is a whole new experience," DeBoom said. "I have another level of respect for him. The speeds, and being on the oval, gives you a perspective of what it must be like to go 50 miles per hour faster with other cars out there for two-and-a-half hours. It's an amazing experience."

Kanaan, driver of the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone for Andretti Green Racing, and DeBoom began the day with a 26-mile bicycle ride from a hotel in Miami to the track in Homestead.

"It was very cool to ride with Tim this morning," said Kanaan, an accomplished triathlete himself. "Although we just met, we have so much mutual respect for each other. I look at what he has accomplished as a triathlete and think it's unbelievable. But, then he looks at what I do and what it takes to be a successful race car driver and he thinks that's amazing. So it's cool."

Kanaan and DeBoom will be signing autographs at the Toyota IndyFest in Coconut Grove later tonight. DeBoom was invited to be in the pits with Team 7-Eleven during practice (Feb. 27), qualifications (Feb. 28) and during the Toyota Indy 300 (Feb. 29).

"I'm looking forward to having him around with the whole Team 7-Eleven this weekend," Kanaan said. "Hopefully, we can get a win with him here."

Added DeBoom: "It's been a great experience all day. I'm finally getting a chance to meet Tony face-to-face. We've been exchanging thoughts on each other. I always have such respect for other athletes that I meet that are at his level. I know how much work it takes to get to where I'm at, so I know he's worked just as hard to get where he's at."

DeBoom, 33, participated in his first triathlon in 1991 in Iowa, and trains 40-50 hours a week 11 months of the year. He competes 15 times a year.

The Ironman World Championships Triathlon is a race that starts with a 2.4-mile swim in the ocean, proceeds to a 112-mile bike ride and culminates with a 26.2-mile run. In all, it takes about 8½ hours to cover 140.6 miles.

Mecachrome, Cheever form partnership: Red Bull Cheever Racing announced a technical partnership with Mecachrome on Feb. 26.

Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers, Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter, will carry the Mecachrome logo on their IndyCar Series entries beginning with the Toyota Indy 300 on Feb. 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"Our partnership with Mecachrome is the beginning of an opportunity to utilize some very intelligent engineers and advanced resources in the automobile and aeronautical industry," said Eddie Cheever Jr., owner of Red Bull Cheever Racing. "Mecachrome's international expertise and Formula 1 experience will not only enhance development within our team, but will bring us to a whole new level of motor sport innovation."

Mecachrome, which has been involved in racing for more that 30 years, will support Red Bull Cheever Racing with engineering, research, development as well as chassis and component aerodynamics and design.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Mecachrome. This alliance will allow our highly dedicated engineers to work side by side with the Red Bull Cheever Racing team in the quest for the IRL championship title," said Guillaume Casella, president, Mecachrome Canada and Mecachrome Switzerland and executive vice president, Mecachrome International.

Herb enters Menards Infiniti Pro Series event: Brian Stewart Racing has entered a second Menards Infiniti Pro Series car for the Homestead-Miami 100 for IndyCar Series veteran Jon Herb.

Herb, who has made 13 IndyCar Series starts, will drive the No. 33 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone entry as a teammate to rookie driver Jesse Mason.

The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season begins with the Toyota Indy 300 at 2 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 29, 2004, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network. The 2004 Menards Infiniti Pro Series season begins with the Homestead-Miami 100 on Feb. 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by ESPN2 at 4 p.m. on March 4.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Jon Herb , Tony Kanaan , Alex Barron , Jesse Mason , Ed Carpenter