IRL: George, Indy 500 drivers enjoy visit to Washington

Indianapolis 500 MBNA Pole winner Scott Sharp gave members of Congress and the media rides in an IndyCar(R) Series two-seater race car through the streets of Washington D.C., on Wednesday, May 5 in a ceremony honoring the 88th running of the ...

Indianapolis 500 MBNA Pole winner Scott Sharp gave members of Congress and the media rides in an IndyCar(R) Series two-seater race car through the streets of Washington D.C., on Wednesday, May 5 in a ceremony honoring the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Also participating in the ceremony, hosted by U.S. Representative Julia Carson of Indiana and the Indiana Society of Washington, D.C., were Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and CEO Tony George, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr., 1998 Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. and recently retired Indy 500 veteran Robbie Buhl.

"We had a great day in Washington D.C. where we helped Delphi celebrate Indiana Day," George said. "They hosted a reception here in Washington for Congressional delegates and members of the media who came out, and we had a great afternoon. We were introduced by Congresswoman Julia Carson, who later took a two-seater ride with Scott Sharp, which was a highlight of the day.

"It was a great opportunity for the Indy Racing League and Indianapolis Motor Speedway to be represented here in the nation's capital to kick off the month of May."

Congressional delegates that took rides included U.S. Representatives Carson, who received the inaugural ride, and Chris Chocola, both from Indiana. U.S. Representative Mike Pence of Indiana will take a two-seater ride at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"It was great," Sharp said. "There's so much excitement around May for Indiana, obviously. We're about to kickoff a three-week stretch. There's such support that comes from Julia Carson, so to have the two-seater down here and to be able to drive around the Capitol grounds as well as give her a ride, it was pretty special."

Sharp and Unser will compete in the 88th Indianapolis 500. Cheever owns Indianapolis 500 participant Red Bull Cheever Racing, while Buhl is co-owner of Indy participant Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. Rutherford is a driving coach for the Indy Racing League(R) and drives the Pace Car at league events.

The 88th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 30. Indianapolis Star Opening Day is Sunday, May 9, with Pole Day Saturday, May 15.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Scott Sharp , Tony George , Johnny Rutherford
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing