IRL: Fontana: Indy Racing League notebook 2004-09-28

Today's IRL headlines 1. Dixon Tickled Pink To Support Breast Cancer Awareness 2. Fernandez To Meet L.A.-Area Fans 3. De Ferran Joins ESPN California Broadcast 4. Andretti Makes Donation In Honor of De Rea 1. Dixon Tickled Pink To Support Breast...

Today's IRL headlines 1. Dixon Tickled Pink To Support Breast Cancer Awareness 2. Fernandez To Meet L.A.-Area Fans 3. De Ferran Joins ESPN California Broadcast 4. Andretti Makes Donation In Honor of De Rea

1. Dixon Tickled Pink To Support Breast Cancer Awareness: The No. 1 Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone driven by Scott Dixon will carry a special paint scheme at California Speedway this weekend as part of Target Chip Ganassi Racing's support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The familiar Target red in the car's paint scheme will be replaced by a shade of pink similar to the ribbon worn to support breast cancer awareness. Oct. 1 marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

"Driving a pink race car is sure to attract a lot of attention, and I can't think of a better cause," Dixon said. "Raising awareness is just so important in the fight against breast cancer and I'm proud to do this for the women in my life, especially my mom and two sisters. While a majority of our race fans might be men, they have wives, mothers, sisters and daughters that could be touched by this terrible disease."

Dixon's teammate, Darren Manning, will also carry a pink ribbon on the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone, while the Target Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge driven by Casey Mears have with a similar paint scheme at Talladega.

All Target Chip Ganassi Racing team members will wear pink ribbons on their firesuits or crew shirts to show their support and raise awareness to help raise funds for the BCRF.

"What many race fans might not realize is that breast cancer is not just a woman's disease," Dixon said. "I was surprised to find out that more than 600 cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and more than half (of those diagnosed) will lose their lives. Our hope is that we can make a difference, no matter how small, just by getting the message out there."

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2. Fernandez To Meet L.A.-Area Fans: IRL IndyCar® Series team owner-driver Adrian Fernandez will meet fans and sign autographs from 6:30-8 p.m. (PDT) Sept. 29 at the East Third Street King Taco location in Los Angeles.

Fans also can test their racing skills on two IndyCar Challenge Simulators. The simulators are full-bodied race cars powered by the Codemasters video game IndyCar Series 2005.

Fernandez, the only Mexican driver to compete full time in the IndyCar Series, has won twice during his inaugural season. He will seek to add to victories at Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway on Oct. 3 at California Speedway in the Toyota Indy 400.

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3. De Ferran Joins ESPN California Broadcast: 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran will join Paul Page and Scott Goodyear in the broadcast booth for the Toyota Indy 400 on Oct. 3. Veteran pit reporter Gary Gerould will join Jack Arute and Jamie Little in the pits.

Cameron Steele will join Robbie Buhl in the broadcast booth for ESPN2's Oct. 7 broadcast of the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Californian 100. Little will serve as pit reporter.

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4. Andretti Makes Donation In Honor of De Rea: Michael Andretti, on behalf of The Michael Andretti Foundation, recently donated $5,000 to The Missionary Vehicle Association Inc. in honor of Father Phil DeRea.

De Rea, the IRL Ministry Catholic Chaplain, is taking a new assignment in Rome effective Nov. 1 and will be leaving the motorsports ministry.

The donation was designated to Father Angelo D'Agostino and the Nyumbani organization to be used to assist them in purchasing a vehicle to keep his mission in Africa on the move.

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The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season continues with the Toyota Indy 400 at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 3 at California Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network. The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series event is the California 100 at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 2 at California Speedway. The race will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 7.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Robbie Buhl , Scott Goodyear , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi , Jamie Little
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing