IRL: Behind The Barriers: Nashville

LEBANON, Tenn. (July 19, 2003) -- Notes and Quotes from the Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway. When the IndyCar Series competes at Michigan International Speedway next week, a new Chevrolet engine will power Sam Hornish's...

LEBANON, Tenn. (July 19, 2003) -- Notes and Quotes from the Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway.

When the IndyCar Series competes at Michigan International Speedway next week, a new Chevrolet engine will power Sam Hornish's Dallara. The Indy Racing League has approved the new Gen IV Chevy Indy V-8 for competition. Hornish's use of the engine at Michigan is being called a test. GM expects all current Chevrolet teams to have the new engine by the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway on August 17. Prior to full introduction of the engine, teams will be assigned use of the new engines based on championship points.

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This evening's winner, Gil de Ferran, made his first appearance at the Nashville Superspeedway one year ago when he finished second. In 2002, de Ferran left Nashville Superspeedway leading the championship. Today he leaves Nashville after moving into second place in the championship, despite having missed the race at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan. Tony Kanaan continues to lead the championship by 14 points. De Ferran holds second place by one point over Scott Dixon.

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Kenny Brack and the Subwoofers will make their next appearance at Chicago when the IndyCar Series races September 7 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. Saturday afternoon's performance, which included Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, was recorded and is expected to be released as a CD to benefit CARA Charities.

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Fans attending the United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in September will have an opportunity for a special treat on September 26. CARA Charities is offering an IndyCar shop tour, allowing fans to get a behind the scenes look at two of the IndyCar Series most prominent teams. The event, hosted by Bob Jenkins of ABC-TV, will start at 4:00 p.m. at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis. Fans will be transported to Red Bull Cheever Racing and Pennzoil Panther Racing before returning to the Columbia Club for cocktails and a buffet dinner. Call CARA Charities for more information (317) 299-2277

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CARA Charities recently announced their first ever Racing Rendezvous. The special event to benefit Special Olympics Southern California and CARA Charities will be held in the hospitality area at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. on Thursday, September 18. Racing Rendezvous will feature a grand spread, a silent auction and entertainment. A limited number of individual tickets are available from CARA Charities at (317) 299-2277.

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Despite tires being a constant issue at the 1.3-mile concrete speedway, four drivers managed to complete the last 86 laps on the same set of tires. First and second place finishers, de Ferran and Scott Dixon both completed 86 lap stints. Even though his tires had exposed cords when the race was finished, Dixon never reported a problem other than some sliding around.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Sam Hornis
Teams Panther Racing