IPS: IRL: Indy Racing League Notebook, 2004-03-15

Brack Returns To Track at Phoenix International Raceway INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, March 15, 2004 -- Former IRL IndyCar® Series champion Kenny Brack will be at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, making his first appearance at a track since...


Brack Returns To Track at Phoenix International Raceway

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, March 15, 2004 -- Former IRL IndyCar® Series champion Kenny Brack will be at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, making his first appearance at a track since sustaining injuries in an accident at the 2003 IndyCar Series season finale at Texas Motor Speedway.

Brack, who won the 1999 Indianapolis 500, will serve as a consultant to Team Rahal and driver Buddy Rice during this weekend's Copper World Indy 200.

"I'm anxious to get back to the track and see many of my friends and colleagues," Brack said. "I have been working out hard in rehab, but I wanted to see how the team and Buddy are working. They won the pole at Homestead and had a fast car in the race. I think they can continue that at Phoenix. It will be good for me to be back at the track."

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Scheckter Kicks Off Essay Contest: Panther Racing's Tomas Scheckter appeared at Clay Junior High School in Carmel, Ind., on March 12 to announce the start of the Third Annual Central Indiana Chevy Dealers' "Salute Your Hero" Essay Contest.

The hero of the winner of the contest will serve as an honorary pit crew member for Scheckter and his No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Racing team at the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May.

"I think it's quite important for students to be good writers and to embrace the people that have inspired them in life," Scheckter said. "I'm looking forward to reading the essays and interested to see who the kids select as their heroes, and I would guess that we will be reading about more parents and teachers than race car drivers."

The contest asks middle school students from the Indianapolis area to write a 250-word essay describing an inspirational hero in their lives. The first-place winner will receive a $2,500 U.S. Savings Bond, a $2,500 donation to their school and six suite tickets to the Indianapolis 500. The second-place contestant will receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, a $500 donation to their school and four grandstand tickets to the race. The third-place contestant will receive $250 U.S. Savings Bond, $250 donation to their school and four grandstand tickets.

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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 Tomas Scheckter , Kenny Brack , Buddy Rice
Teams Panther Racing