IRL: Behind the Barriers: Friday at Texas

Texas Motor Speedway officials finalized plans for lining up Sunday's Heroes of Indy race, which will feature 10 prominent drivers from the Indianapolis 500's illustrious past. After contemplating using a blind draw or practice times, it was...

Texas Motor Speedway officials finalized plans for lining up Sunday's Heroes of Indy race, which will feature 10 prominent drivers from the Indianapolis 500's illustrious past. After contemplating using a blind draw or practice times, it was finally decided to start the field based on age, with the oldest on the pole. Lloyd Ruby will start on the pole as he is one week older than outside pole sitter Jim McElreath. Parnelli Jones will start third followed by Gordon Johncock, Johnny Rutherford, Bill Vukovitch, Tom Sneva and Pancho Carter. The two "kids" in the field, Arie Luyendyk and Scott Goodyear will fill the final row.

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With both Marlboro Team Penske drivers eligible to win the 2003 IndyCar Series championship, Rusty Wallace will fly from Lowes Motor Speedway to Texas to cheer on the members of Penske's Reading, PA-based team. Wallace drives for Penske South, which is based in North Carolina.

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All 796 Firestone tires for Sunday's IndyCar Series race were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Each team receives eight sets to be used at their discretion throughout the course of the event.

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The giggling originating from the Motorola hospitality coach on Friday afternoon was coming from a wedding shower held for Tony Kanaan's fiancee, Danielle.

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Michael Andretti drove the Indy Racing League two-seater on Thursday afternoon, proving a ride for his wife Leslie. "You really don't know how fast they're going until you're in one of the cars. I think Michael was going a little bit faster than he should have been though, tom give me an even better ride."

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Marco Andretti, son of Michael Andretti, recently won the Skip Barber Eastern Region championship. Marco is competing in a Skip Barber National event at Laguna Seca this weekend.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Arie Luyendyk , Scott Goodyear , Michael Andretti , Tony Kanaan , Tom Sneva , Parnelli Jones , Skip Barber , Marco Andretti , Lloyd Ruby , Jim McElreath , Gordon Johncock , Pancho Carter , Johnny Rutherford
Teams Team Penske