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HAMPTON, Ga., Tuesday, July 11, 2000 - Event happenings leading up to and during the Midas 500 Classic on July 13-15 at Atlanta Motor Speedway: SCHEDULE: The Midas 500 Classic starts at 8 p.m. (EDT) July 15. MBNA Pole Qualifying starts...

HAMPTON, Ga., Tuesday, July 11, 2000 - Event happenings leading up to and during the Midas 500 Classic on July 13-15 at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

SCHEDULE: The Midas 500 Classic starts at 8 p.m. (EDT) July 15. MBNA Pole Qualifying starts at 7 p.m. July 14. Practice sessions start at 6 and 8:15 p.m. on July 13 and 4:45 and 10:15 p.m. July 14.

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ON THE AIR: The Midas 500 Classic will be televised live on ESPN at 8 p.m. (EDT) July 15. "Indy Racing 2Day" will be televised live at 7:30 p.m. June 15 on ESPN2. ESPN2 will televise MBNA Pole qualifying at 8 p.m. (EDT) June 14. The Indy Racing Radio Network will broadcast a 30-minute prerace show at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) July 15, followed by the live race broadcast at 8 p.m. The area IRRN affiliate is WYAY-FM 106.7, Atlanta. The IRRN race broadcast also will be available live on the Internet at www.indyracing.com as part of a partnership between Indy Racing Online and Yahoo!/broadcast.com, the world's leading Web broadcast site.

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ON THE WEB: Live streaming video of practice session from the Midas 500 Classic will be available through a partnership with LiveOnTheNet.com at www.liveonthenet.com

Live timing and scoring reports from Midas 500 Classic practice, MBNA Pole qualifying and the race will be available on the Internet at www.indyracing.com. Feature stories, practice, race and qualifying reports, and driver quotes and notes also will be posted on the site daily.

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TICKETS: Tickets for the Midas 500 Classic are available by calling Atlanta Motor Speedway (770) 946-4211 or through Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com .

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TICKET SPECIALS:
To celebrate the first appearance of rising Northern Light Series star Sarah Fisher at Atlanta Motor Speedway, event sponsor Midas is presenting an offer for special ticket prices to women and children for the Midas 500 Classic. Tickets for the event may be purchased for women and for children under 12 for half price, with the offer applying to all ticket prices in effect for the Midas 500 Classic.

The half-price ticket offer for women and children is available only on tickets purchased through the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office. The ticket number is (770) 946-4211.

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HITTING THE STREETS: Indy Racing Northern Light Series points leader Eddie Cheever Jr., will take to the streets of Atlanta with his race car on July 12, just three days before the Midas 500 Classic at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Cheever will drive his #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Car Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone on Peachtree Street, one of the busiest streets in downtown Atlanta, on a route that begins at 10 a.m. at Woodruff Park and ends at Lennox Mall. The drive will be broadcast live by WGST NewsRadio. At the end of the drive, Cheever will sign autographs at Lennox Mall.

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UNSER VS. UNSER VS. RUTHERFORD: Al Unser, Al Unser Jr. and Johnny Rutherford, who have nine Indianapolis 500 wins between them, will race against each other in a 10-lap Champions Grudge race on the quarter-mile track at Atlanta Motor Speedway just after Friday's MBNA Pole qualifying session, which runs from 7-8 p.m. The three drivers will race in identical Legends roadsters, which resemble the front-engine roadsters that raced at Indianapolis in the 1950s and 60s. The last time these three drivers competed at Atlanta was in 1983, during Al Unser Jr.'s rookie year. In that race, Al Unser finished second, Unser Jr. finished sixth, and Rutherford ended up 18th due to engine problems.

A special night of Thursday Thunder Legends and Bandolero racing will begin immediately after the crowning of the Champions Grudge Race winner.

Tickets for the entire evening's activities -- including Indy Racing Northern Light Series qualifying and final practice, an autograph session with Indy Racing drivers, Thursday Thunder racing and the Champions Grudge Race -- are just $10 for adults. For more information call (770) 946-4211.

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UNSER NAMED GRAND MARSHAL:
Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner and Indy Racing legend Al Unser has been named Grand Marshal of the July 15 Midas 500 Classic. Unser retired in 1994 after winning 39 Indy-style events and three national championships. Only A.J. Foyt and Rick Mears have matched his four wins at Indianapolis.

As Grand Marshal, Indy Racing League consultant and driving coach Unser will also watch his son's return to Atlanta Motor Speedway. Al Unser Jr. hasn't raced at Atlanta since his rookie season in 1983, when he finished sixth.

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SIGN HERE PLEASE: Drivers from the Indy Racing Northern Light Series will sign autographs in the midway at Atlanta Motor Speedway from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday night after MBNA Pole Qualifying.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Al Unser Sr. , Rick Mears , A.J. Foyt , Johnny Rutherford