IRL: Behind the Barriers: Carb Day

Is Roger Penske looking for the next Jeff Gordon? Penske along with Tim Cindric and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hornish attended the 100 lap USAC National Midget feature at the Speedrome Thursday night. Teddy Beach won the feature after punting Michael Lewis...

Is Roger Penske looking for the next Jeff Gordon? Penske along with Tim Cindric and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hornish attended the 100 lap USAC National Midget feature at the Speedrome Thursday night. Teddy Beach won the feature after punting Michael Lewis into the turn two wall at the mid point of the race.

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Tom Sneva, winner of the 1983 Indianapolis 500, was an interested spectator at the Speedrome on Thursday night. Sneva was watching his nephew T.J. Sneva, who was making his Kenyon Midget debut. The younger Sneva, son of 5-time Indy 500 starter Jerry Sneva, spun while trying to avoid another spinning car and ended up atop the turn three wall. He was classified 13th in the 50 lap feature event.

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ABC-TV's Jack Arute competed in the No. 50 Ford Ford Focus midget at the Speedrome. Arute timed 29th out of 30 cars and did not transfer out of the B Main where he finished 14th in a field of 14 cars.

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Tom Carnegie was released from Methodist Hospital on Thursday. He was taken to Methodist on Wednesday after feeling ill during Community Day activities at the Speedway. After a battery of test, doctors believe the 85 year old Carnegie was suffering from dehydration. Carnegie will be behind the microphone for his 60th Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

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Kyle Moyer, general manager of Andretti Green Racing, was named the winner of the 2005 True Grit Award. The $5,000 award is presented by C & R Radiators. On race day, Moyer makes the calls for the No. 27 driven by Dario Franchitti.

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AirTran was announced today as an associate sponsor of Andretti Green Racing. All four AGR cars will sport AirTran logos. The logo has also been added to the driver uniforms at AGR. The sponsorship from AirTran will continue through the end of June and races at Texas and Richmond.

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Rick Duman has been awarded the Clint Brawner Mechanical Excellence Award from the Clint Brawner Foundation. Duman is the chief mechanic for the Roth Racing/PDM Racing entry driven by Marty Roth.

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A vintage car parade after Carb Day practice included the John Zink Special No. 6 driven to victory in the 1955 Indianapolis 500. The car was driven today by Al Unser. Other notable cars included the 1953 Springfield Welding No. 16 Kurtis (Art Cross), the 1970 Lola No. 66 driven by Mark Donohue to second place and the 1913 Mercer that Spencer Wishart drove to second place in the 500.

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Live international television coverage will be provided by ESPN to 146 countries and territories via its affiliated networks in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Latin America, New Zealand and the Middle East. ESPN is responsible for global syndication of the live broadcast in the Baltic States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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ABC Sports will have ten in-car cameras during the coverage of the 89th Indianapolis 500.

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Dario Franchitti spent part of Thursday afternoon piloting his new helicopter around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Franchitti took a fully laden television crew for several circuits around the historic 2.5-mile speedway.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Dario Franchitti , Tom Sneva , Michael Lewis , Marty Roth , Teddy Beach , Roger Penske , Al Unser , Sam Hornis