IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League Notebook 2004-03-10

Indy Racing League Notebook Veteran Engineer Mike Colliver joins Access Motorsports INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, March 10, 2004 -- Veteran engineer Mike Colliver has joined Access Motorsports as the team's new race engineer. Colliver, who worked...

Indy Racing League Notebook
Veteran Engineer Mike Colliver joins Access Motorsports

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, March 10, 2004 -- Veteran engineer Mike Colliver has joined Access Motorsports as the team's new race engineer.

Colliver, who worked most recently with Kelley Racing and driver Al Unser Jr., replaces Jeff Britton, who left Aceess Motorsports last week to join Mo Nunn Racing.

"Mike has been in racing for many years and is very highly rated," said Greg Ray, owner/driver of the No. 13 Access Motorsports Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone. "Although we've never worked together before, I've conversed with him over the years, and we've always talked about working together provided the right opportunity."

Prior to joining Kelley Racing in 2002, Colliver worked as a mechanic for Patrick Racing, served as chief mechanic at Hemelgarn Racing winning the 1996 Indianapolis 500 with Buddy Lazier, and was race engineer for Treadway Racing.

"It's not the way we would have started if we had planned it, but I look forward to working with him," Ray said. "He has a passion for motorsports, and he'll be an asset in moving our program forward.

"We still have to build the all-important at-track relationship, but we'll hit the ground running at Phoenix and start working through the process."

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Medeiros attends first NBA game: Menards Infiniti Pro Series driver Thiago Medeiros experienced the NBA for the first time on March 8.

Medeiros, his Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate Arie Luyendyk Jr. and crew chief Chris Griffis attended the game between the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

"I had a lot of fun," said Medeiros, a native of Brazil. "It was my first real basketball game. They have a lot of fun during the breaks. I really enjoyed the game. The players make wonderful baskets. They make it look so easy. It wasn't like the games in Brazil. We can play soccer, but I think the NBA players could play soccer like the Brazilian guys."

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Schmidt golf tournament raises $23,000: The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation raised $23,000 for spinal cord research at its first Race to Recovery golf tournament March 4 in Las Vegas. The event was hosted by Indy Racing League owner and Las Vegas resident Sam Schmidt.

"We are extremely pleased with our turnout and proceeds from our first SSPF golf effort," Schmidt said. "We were blessed with fantastic weather and appreciate the support of NASCAR drivers Scott Riggs and Donnie Neuenberger as well as former NFL players Napoleon McCallum and Tom Mack. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our many sponsors that allowed this event to be so financially successful."

Schmidt's foundation helps individuals overcome spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses by facilitating scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advancements

Schmidt is a team owner in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series, fielding cars for Thiago Medeiros and Arie Luyendyk Jr.

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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 Greg Ray , Buddy Lazier , Sam Schmidt , Scott Riggs , Mo Nunn , Thiago Medeiros , Arie Luyendyk Jr.