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Indy Racing League News And Notes -- June 3, 2004 Today's IRL headlines 1. Disney Cruise Line To Host IRL Championship Awards Celebration 2. Gas-powered two-seater cruises in Oklahoma City and Fort Worth 3. Hornish will hear wedding bells this...

Indy Racing League News And Notes -- June 3, 2004

Today's IRL headlines
1. Disney Cruise Line To Host IRL Championship Awards Celebration
2. Gas-powered two-seater cruises in Oklahoma City and Fort Worth
3. Hornish will hear wedding bells this weekend
4. Ticket renewal deadline approaching for 89th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, June 3, 2004 -- The Indy Racing League® announced June 3 that the 2004 IRL Championship Awards Celebration will take place on Oct. 29 aboard the cruise ship Disney Wonder®.

The Celebration will include the prize-giving for the champions of the IRL IndyCar® Series and the Menards Infiniti Pro Series^Ù.

The Celebration is part of a three-night Bahamian cruise for Indy Racing League drivers, teams, sponsors, and staff scheduled for Oct. 28-31.

"Each year, the Indy Racing League celebrates its champions at unique and exciting venues," said Ken Ungar, Indy Racing League Senior Vice President, Business Affairs. "In 2004, we will work with Disney Cruise Line to create a fun and memorable setting for our Championship Awards Celebration aboard their beautiful Disney Wonder® cruise ship."

Past venues for the Indy Racing League Championship Awards Celebration include the Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway, Chicago's House of Blues and the World ShowPlace Pavilion at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Traveling the highways: Look for the gas-powered two-seat IndyCar Series car, driven by former IndyCar Series champion Davey Hamilton, traveling the highways around Oklahoma City on June 4.

Among the stops will be the Penn Square Mall and the State Fair Speedway. The car will be on display at Carl's Jr. at SW 74th and Penn from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

It was an interesting sight during the morning commute June 3 in the Fort Worth/Arlington, Texas, area. Among the stops were for breakfast at the Sonic Drive-In in North Richland Hills and a "fill up" at the Chevron/C-Store in Arlington.

Wedding bells for Hornish: As if the excitement at the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" wasn't enough for Sam Hornish Jr., this weekend will be just as exciting.

The 24 year-old Defiance, Ohio, native will be married to Crystal Liechty on June 5 in Indianapolis. After the wedding and reception, the couple will return to their new home in Ohio for a few days before Hornish heads to Texas Motor Speedway to compete in the Bombardier 500.

After the June 12 night race, the couple will fly to Las Vegas for a few days to celebrate.

Hornish is featured in the July issue of Road & Track on newsstands now. A feature on the two-time IndyCar Series champion can be found in the "Profiles in Speed" section of the magazine, which is a series of articles highlighting some of the greatest drivers the sport has ever seen.

Ticket renewal: Fans are encouraged to send their ticket renewals, upgrades and orders for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, scheduled for May 29, 2005, to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as soon as possible.

The deadline for renewals, which give fans the opportunity to guarantee the same seating assignment, is June 14.

To purchase tickets, camping or parking, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season continues with the Bombardier 500 on June 12 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network and be Web cast on www.indyracing.com/indycar.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Davey Hamilton , Sam Hornish Jr.