IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League Notebook 2004-03-04

Indy Racing League Notebook IRL IndyCar Champion Rolls With PBA Tour INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, March 4, 2004 -- Two-time IRL IndyCar® Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. rolled with a different group of competitors on March 3. Hornish, who bowls ...

Indy Racing League Notebook
IRL IndyCar Champion Rolls With PBA Tour

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, March 4, 2004 -- Two-time IRL IndyCar® Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. rolled with a different group of competitors on March 3.

Hornish, who bowls regularly with his friends in his hometown of Defiance, Ohio, participated in a Pro-Am event held in conjunction with the PBA Uniroyal Tire Classic in Indianapolis.

"I like to think I'm better at racing than I am at bowling," Hornish said. "I'm not giving up my day job. I don't think I ever will."

Hornish, who rolled games of 164, 171 and 203, said he got into the game after meeting with professional bowler Mike Aulby nearly three years ago.

"Sam doesn't do anything just halfway," said Aulby, an Indianapolis native who was an honorary starter for Indianapolis 500 practice last May. "He wants to be good at whatever he does, and he's a real competitor. He's out there working at it. He takes instruction real well, obviously. He's a good guy."

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Carpenter, bull riding champ meet at IMS: IRL IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter played host to Professional Bull Riders champion Michael Gaffney on March 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Carpenter, winner of the inaugural Freedom 100 last May at Indianapolis, toured the Speedway Hall of Fame Museum with Gaffney, the 1997 PBR World Champion, before taking a lap around the famed 2.5-mile oval.

Gaffney is competing in the Indianapolis Invitational on March 6 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Carpenter and Max Jones, Red Bull Cheever Racing managing director, will attend the PBR event.

"I've been on a mechanical bull before, and I think that gave a big enough taste," Carpenter said. "I don't think I'd have what it takes to get on a real bull. The closest thing I get to riding a bull is sitting in an IndyCar Series car. That's just what it would be like on a bad day. Normally, it's not like riding a bull."

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Peterson team enters Phoenix event: AFS Racing plans to make its IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series season debut later this month.

Menards Infiniti Pro Series veteran owner/driver Gary Peterson filed two entries for the Phoenix 100 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 20.

Peterson will drive the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. The driver of the No. 25 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone has yet to be announced.

Luyendyk Jr. goes online: A journal written by Menards Infiniti Pro Series driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. is featured among the online journal entries at Motorsport.com

Luyendyk, son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, will contribute entries to the web site throughout the 2004 season. His entries will review the previous week's race and preview upcoming Menards Infiniti Pro Series events.

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On the road: A Pennzoil IndyCar Series car will be on display through March 7 at the Dallas Auto Show at the Dallas Convention Center. A Purex IndyCar Series car will be on display through Sunday at the Pikes Peak International Raceway booth at the Denver Auto Show in the Colorado Convention Center.

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The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season continues with the Copper World Indy 200 at 4 p.m. (EST) on March 21 at Phoenix International Raceway. The race will be broadcast live on ABC and the IMS Radio Network. The Menards Infiniti Pro Series Phoenix 100 will take place at 2:45 p.m. on March 20. The race will be broadcast by ESPN2 on a tape-delayed basis on March 25.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Arie Luyendyk , Gary Peterson , Max Jones , Sam Hornish Jr. , Ed Carpenter , Arie Luyendyk Jr.