IRL: Behind the Barriers: Indy day five

Team Rahal announced today that its Indy Racing League team has officially changed its name to Rahal Letterman Racing. The team is co-owned by 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal and late night television personality David Letterman, who is a...

Team Rahal announced today that its Indy Racing League team has officially changed its name to Rahal Letterman Racing. The team is co-owned by 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal and late night television personality David Letterman, who is a native of Indianapolis.

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Dario Franchitti has relaunched his website located at www.franchitti.com. The site has been updated with career statistics, race schedules and a photo gallery.

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Helio Castroneves celebrated his 29th birthday on May 10. Three other drivers will celebrate birthdays during the month of May. Dario Franchitti turns 31 on May 19, while his Andretti Green teammate Bryan Herta turns 34 on May 23. A.J. Foyt IV will turn 20 on May 25.

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Al Unser Sr. will be presented with the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award on May 19 in Washington DC for volunteering his time and services in the USCG's national boating safety program.

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The World of Outlaws sprint car series will race at Terra Haute on Friday, May 14. Terre Haute hosts USAC Midgets on May 21 and USAC Sprint cars on May 22.

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Although the first Indianapolis 500 was held in 1911, it wasn't until 1913 that a driver won the 500 without seeking help from a relief driver. Jules Goux, who reportedly consumed 6 pints of champagne during the race, was the first driver to win the 500 without relief.

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The first broadcast of sports event in Indiana was the telecast of the 1949 Indianapolis 500 by WFBM-TV. It also marked the first time the race was broadcast in its entirety.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , A.J. Foyt IV , Bobby Rahal , Dario Franchitti , Al Unser Sr. , Jules Goux