IRL: Behind the Barriers, Texas race day

Behind the Barriers Notes and Quotes from the Bombardier 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas - June 7, 2003 Toyota's third consecutive victory came after Toyota-powered cars led all 200 laps of the Bombardier 500. For the second ...

Behind the Barriers
Notes and Quotes from the Bombardier 500
Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas - June 7, 2003

Toyota's third consecutive victory came after Toyota-powered cars led all 200 laps of the Bombardier 500. For the second consecutive race Tomas Scheckter led the most laps with 145. At three-quarter distance Scheckter pulled away from the pits with the vent still connected causing a fire. A drive through penalty ended his hopes of victory.

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Gene Cernan served as the grand marshal for the Bombardier 500. Cernan, who graduated from Purdue University and is a resident of Houston, was the last man to walk on the moon.

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Airton Dare was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to continue treatment. Dare suffered a broken arm and leg in practice on Thursday.

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After one victory in 2000 (Las Vegas) and one in 2001 (Gateway) Al Unser Jr. experienced a dry spell last season. While Unser Jr. didn't win last season, he finished a close second on two occasions. One year ago at Texas, he finished alongside Jeff Ward who enjoyed 0.0111 of a second lead at the finish line. At Chicagoland he was second to Sam Hornish Jr. with a margin of victory of 0.0024 of a second, the closest finish in Indy Racing League history

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Spotters are an important key to success at Texas Motor Speedway. Several teams sent secondary spotters to a vantage point located high above the front stretch. Rick Mears helped the Penske spotters while team owners Bobby Rahal and Eddie Cheever worked with their respective teams. Alex Barron, who drove for Mo Nunn Racing at Indianapolis, worked with the team at Texas, spotting for Tora Takagi.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Jeff Ward , Airton Daré , Bobby Rahal , Tora Takagi , Alex Barron , Rick Mears , Sam Hornish Jr. , Mo Nunn