IPS: IRL: Notebook 2003-02-13

Indy Racing League Notebook IRL to be featured at Pacers' game; Brack impressed with quality field. INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 -- The Indy Racing League will share center court with the NBA's Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks during ...

Indy Racing League Notebook
IRL to be featured at Pacers' game; Brack impressed with quality field.

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 -- The Indy Racing League will share center court with the NBA's Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks during "Indy Racing League Night with the Pacers" on Feb. 14 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

A variety of IRL-related activities and promotions are planned before and during the NBA game.

The first 12,500 fans will receive a 2003 IndyCar Series schedule magnet. IndyCar Series drivers Tomas Scheckter and A.J. Foyt IV will sign autographs and race against fans on the Indy 500 simulators from 6-7 p.m. (EST) in the IMS Pavilion at the arena.

An IndyCar Series race car will be on display at the entry of Conseco Fieldhouse through halftime.

Popular IndyCar Series standout Sarah Fisher will join Pacers play-by-play broadcaster Mark Boyle during the radio broadcast of the game, performing color commentary. Fisher is one of a host of celebrity substitutes for former Pacers coach Bobby "Slick" Leonard, the Pacers' regular color commentator who is recovering from hip surgery.

"It's really cool for me to be asked by the Pacers to support our team by being in the radio booth at a game," Fisher said. "I've been to games as a fan, and I'm excited to be a part of the action from a totally different aspect.

"Since I'm already so focused on getting my IndyCar Series deal set for this season and have been out of town so much, I've been kind of out of the Pacers information loop, but I wanted to be sure I'm up on my technical basketball terms -- so I've been quizzing friends who are rabid fans for all the 'insider' news and have been practicing my 'Boom, baby's' (Leonard's catch phrase) all week long."

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Brack impressed: 1998 IndyCar Series champion Kenny Brack was impressed with the level of competition this year as he returns to the series after racing the last three seasons in CART.

1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Brack was 11th fastest during the Test in the West on Feb. 3 at California Speedway and in the top five Feb. 7-8 at Phoenix International Raceway in the No. 15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

"This series is going to be so competitive," Brack said. "You can see it even at the tests. There are a large number of potential winners here. I think we're right in the mix, but I know our team wants to improve on what they have right now. We want to keep working harder and harder."

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Fans can win contest for May double: A handful of drivers have performed the Memorial Day "double" of racing in the Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR Winston Cup Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, N.C., on the same day. Now Radio Shack and the A.J. Foyt family are teaming up to let a fan also "do the double."

The winner of the Xtreme Fan Contest will receive tickets and air transporation to attend both races May 25, bringing along three friends or family member Fans must submit a short essay or videotape describing why they deserve the title of Xtreme Race Fan. Entry forms will be available beginning March 1 at all RadioShack stores.

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Goodyear earns Canadian honors: Former IndyCar Series star Scott Goodyear will be inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame during ceremonies March 8 in Toronto.

Goodyear finished runner-up in the Indianapolis 500 twice and had three career IndyCar Series victories. He now serves as analyst for IndyCar Series telecasts on ABC and ESPN.

Since its inception in 1993, more than 90 people have been inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, including legendary F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve.

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Hot laps: Indy Racing League drivers Sam Hornish Jr., Kenny Brack and Arie Luyendyk Jr. met with nearly 150 media members during Texas Motor Speedway's annual Texas Tour on Jan. 29 -- Readers of RACER magazine recently named two-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. as the top oval racer of 2002, beating two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Tony Stewart in the voting -- In late January, Marlboro Team Penske driver and native Brazilian Helio Castroneves was covered by Brazilian media at the Winter 2003 Sao Paulo Fashion Week. Castroneves attended the ELLUS fashion parade with Brazilian model Isabella Fiorentino on his arm. Photographed in the latest Hugo Boss fashions, his celebrity status as back-to-back winner of the Indianapolis 500 made him a favorite with his native press -- IndyCar Series team Kelley Racing has formed a partnership with PitCrewForADay for the 2003 season. PitCrewForADay is an Arizona-based company that was formed to provide fundraising programs for a variety of non-profit organizations around the country. Kelley Racing will be the first IndyCar Series team to work with the organization's fundraising efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation -- Infiniti Pro Series standout Ronnie Johncox and Indianapolis 500 veteran Andy Michner will participate in the Snowball 500 karting event, a preliminary event to the Hospice 24, the world's first 24-hour karting race for charity. The Snowball 500 takes place Feb. 15 at Jackson (Mich.) Speedway. The Hospice 24 is scheduled for July 19-20 -- 1999 Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year Robby McGehee is scheduled to appear at the Rich Vogler Scholarship Party on Feb. 16 at Celebrations in Indianapolis. Admission for adults is $20, $5 for children 6-12, with children under 6 free. Admission includes a buffet lunch served while the Daytona 500 is televised on a big-screen. Auctions of racing memorabilia will raise money for the Rich Vogler Scholarship Fund, which has awarded more than $ 250,000 in scholarships in memory of the late Indianapolis 500 veteran and USAC standout.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tomas Scheckter , Robby McGehee , Sarah Fisher , Helio Castroneves , A.J. Foyt IV , Kenny Brack , Gilles Villeneuve , Ronnie Johncox , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Teams Team Penske