Indy Racing League Notebook Miss Kentucky to serve as grand marshal; Carpenter, Fike doing double duty INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002 -- Kentucky Speedway officials announced that 2002 Miss Kentucky Mary Catherine Correll will serve as...
Indy Racing League Notebook
Miss Kentucky to serve as grand marshal; Carpenter, Fike doing double duty
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002 -- Kentucky Speedway officials announced that 2002 Miss Kentucky Mary Catherine Correll will serve as grand marshal for the Belterra Casino Indy 300 Aug. 11 at Kentucky Speedway.
Correll, 21, hails from Somerset, Ky., and is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying to be a pediatric dentist. She is earning a bachelor's degree in biology and attending the Kentucky College of Dentistry. Her appearance at Kentucky Speedway will come three weeks prior to her participation in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.
Kentucky Speedway officials also announced that Alain Uboldi, vice president and general manager of the Belterra Casino Resort, will serve as the honorary starter of the race.
Carpenter, Fike doing double duty: Infiniti Pro Series drivers Ed Carpenter and Aaron Fike will be pulling double duty the weekend of the Kentucky 100 Infiniti Pro Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Both Carpenter and Fike will participate in the USAC Sprint Car Series event Aug. 10 at Salem Speedway in Salem, Ind., where Carpenter scored his first sprint car win in 2001. Qualifying for both the Infiniti Pro Series event and the sprint car events will be a challenge for both competitors as Infiniti Pro Series qualifying takes place at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) at Kentucky Speedway and USAC Sprint Car qualifying will take place at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). The distance between the two tracks is 95 miles.
"It'll be tight, but I think somehow we can make it for qualifying in Salem," said Carpenter. "We're looking into different ways of getting there than driving. But if we don't make it in time, I have my friend Bob East there to qualify. He'll be practicing the car anyway, and he should do a great job. He's got a lot of midget wins and has been doing some sprint car racing this year."
Fike also will be pressed for time this weekend as he looks to compete in four races in three days. He will compete in the Badger midget race Aug. 9 at Hales Corners Speedway in Franklin, Wis., followed by the USAC Silver Crown event Aug. 10 at Salem. He will then race in the Kentucky 100 the morning of Aug. 11 before heading back to Wisconsin for another Badger midget race that evening at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis.
Castroneves' Corvette: Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves was presented with a 2003 50th Anniversary Chevrolet Corvette prior to qualifying for the Brickyard 400 on Aug. 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Castroneves took a ceremonial lap of the 2.5-mile oval in the car.
"The car is fantastic," said Castroneves. "It took so much work during the month (of May). It was special the second time. There's so much meaning in this car, so it's not just a car. I'm very glad, and I'm very happy. I'm probably the happiest guy in the world. I hope the chicks like the Corvette."
Disability Day at the Track: The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) will entertain approximately 70 people associated with Friends for Michael and Kicks for Kids, Aug. 10 at Kentucky Speedway as part of its "Disability Day" program.
The effort is part of SSPF's program to provide a behind-the-scenes look at Indy Racing for spinal-cord injury patients and their families. Guests will enjoy lunch in the infield and one-on-one conversations with Sam Schmidt Motorsports owner Sam Schmidt and Richie Hearn, driver of the No. 20 BG Products Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.
Schmidt was paralyzed in an Indy Racing accident during a test session Jan. 6, 2000. He now serves as a team owner and is also the founder of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, which strives to improve the quality of life of paralysis patients and also raise funds for medical research and treatment of spinal-cord injuries.
Anyone wishing to donate to the SSPF, a 501(C) 3 not-for-profit foundation, may do so by sending a check made out to the foundation and mailing it to: The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, 411 Dorman St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-3647. For more about the SSPF, visit www.samschmidt.org.
For every donation of $25 or more made to the SSPF accompanied by the word "print" in the memo portion of the check or money order, fans will receive a full-color, print copy of an original painting Chris Gleason commissioned artist Randy Owens to do of the Lola Nissan that Gleason drove in the 2002 Le Mans 24 hours.
Racing for Corey: The Racing for Corey organization will host the second annual Racing for Corey Luncheon and Day at the Track Aug. 10 at Kentucky Speedway. The children and families of the Louisville, Ky., chapter of the Dream Factory Inc. will be the honorary guests.
Sponsored by the Belterra Casino Resort, Kentucky Speedway and KECO Coatings, the day's activities will kick-off with the Indy Racing League and Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series practice sessions, followed by a luncheon and "meet and greet" session with Indy Racing drivers at the Belterra Casino Resort hospitality trailer. Families will enjoy the Speedway's on-track activities throughout the day with complimentary grandstand tickets.
The Dream Factory Inc. is a non-profit organization that grants dreams to children ages 3 to 18 who have been diagnosed with critical or chronic illnesses. Racing for Corey is a program designed to bring together the sport of auto racing and kids diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Racing for Corey's mission is to bring awareness and support to wish-granting organizations across the country.
Hot laps: An Indy Racing League and Infiniti Pro Series autograph session will take place at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in the hospitality village at Kentucky Speedway. The session is free of charge--Tomas Scheckter, winner of the Michigan Indy 400 July 28 at Michigan International Speedway, will throw out the first pitch Aug. 9 at Cinergy Field prior to the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds baseball game -- Rocky Mountain Speedway Corp., a subsidiary of International Speedway Corp., has signed an agreement through Dec. 31, 2005 to provide management advisory and consulting services including marketing, promotional, sales and operational strategies for Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo. The Indy Racing League will compete at PPIR for the eighth time on June 15, 2003-- Highlights from the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series race July 20 at Nashville Superspeedway, won by Cory Witherill, will be televised from 6-6:30 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 8 on ESPN2.