IRL: Indy 500: IMS News and Notes 2006-05-03

90th INDIANAPOLIS 500 NEWS & NOTES Food Network coming to Indy; IMS Radio Network to provide complete coverage INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 3, 2006 -- Three Indianapolis-area chefs will compete in the "Food Network Challenge Experience" on May...

Food Network coming to Indy; IMS Radio Network to provide complete coverage

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 3, 2006 -- Three Indianapolis-area chefs will compete in the "Food Network Challenge Experience" on May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during race weekend of the 90th Indianapolis 500, part of a multi-faceted partnership between Food Network, IMS and the Indy Racing League.

Chefs Jim McMillan of the Conrad Indianapolis Hotel, Linda Shonk of the Sweet Art Galleries and Dan Marinkovich of the Meridian Hills Country Club will create decorated cakes between 8-11:30 a.m. in the Challenge Experience on the Food Network Challenge Main Stage adjacent to the Hall of Fame Museum at IMS. The winner will move on to compete in a "Food Network Challenge" finals show later in the year. "Food Network Challenge" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

A large video screen will show all of the action of the cake race to fans near the stage. The popular "Food Network Challenge" show pits chefs from around the world in competition for bragging rights and major cash prizes.

The Challenge is just one of the many fun events planned by the Food Network on race weekend at IMS.

Amateur and professional bartender flair competitions will take place all three days at the Food Network Challenge Bar. Local celebrities and members of the audience will put their flamboyant bartending skills on display for all to see.

Interactive kiosks also will be stationed throughout the Food Network Challenge area, allowing fans to sample Food Network programming, interact with, and shoot a short video or create an Indy 500-themed post card of themselves that can be e-mailed free of charge to friends and family.

Indianapolis native Marc Summers, host of Food Network's "Unwrapped" and "The Next Food Network Star," will serve as the host in the Challenge area. Summers will serve as master of ceremonies for the cake race and bartending flair competitions and interact with the audience.

The Food Network also is providing an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the 2006 Indianapolis 500 through a sweepstakes at Mail-in entries also will be accepted.


IMS Radio Network offering complete coverage: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and its affiliates will provide extensive coverage from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout the month of May leading up to and including the 90th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on Sunday, May 28.

More than 400 affiliate IMS Radio Network radio stations located throughout the United States and Canada -- plus the LeSea Broadcasting network, which provides worldwide shortwave radio coverage, and the American Forces Radio Network, which broadcasts to United States military installations and ships around the world -- will broadcast live Race Day coverage of the Indianapolis 500 at noon (ET) May 28 with a pre-race show, followed by the Indianapolis 500 broadcast at 1 p.m.

The radio network's Indianapolis 500 coverage also will be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio channel 145, "Indy Car Racing."

The IMS Radio Network will kick off the month of May at Indianapolis with the first of four "Indy Live" talk shows, on May 9 from 8-9 p.m. (ET). All four shows will broadcast live from the Brickyard Crossing Inn, and the public is welcome to attend each broadcast free of charge. The full schedule is 8-9 p.m. on May 9, 11, 18 and 25.

Each "Indy Live" show, hosted by IMS Radio Network Anchor Mike King, features interviews with notable drivers and other personalities from the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series and Indy Pro Series^Ù.

The radio network will deliver two qualifying shows on each of the four qualifying days, May 13-14 and 20-21.

A Miller Lite Carb Day Recap will be broadcast from 5-6 p.m. on May 26.

The IMS Radio Network's Race Day broadcast team for the Indianapolis 500 is comprised of veteran radio commentators Mike King, anchor; Dave Wilson, color commentator; Davey Hamilton, driver analyst; Donald Davidson, historian and Chris Economaki, commentary. In the turns: Jerry Baker, Turn 1 reporter; Adam Alexander, Turn 2 reporter; Mark Jaynes, Turn 3 reporter and Chris Denari, Turn 4 reporter. Reporting from pit lane: Dave Argabright, Kevin Lee, Nicole Manske and Kevin Olson.

In addition to reaching millions of listeners worldwide via the radio waves, the 90th Indianapolis 500 broadcast -- along with every IMS Radio Network program from the month of May -- also will be available live and archived on the Internet via or

Podcasts of every IMS Radio Network show from the month of May will be available on the network's Web page on the official online home of the IndyCar Series:


Indy 500 program available: The Official Program for the 2006 Indianapolis 500, which is a special, commemorative edition celebrating the 90th running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," is available now.

The program is comprised of 240 full-color pages of entertaining, informative content.

Fans can purchase the full-color, glossy program for $10 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, at the two Brickyard Authentics stores in Indianapolis, online at or by calling (800) 955-INDY.

The unique cover of the program features the "Celebrate the Spectacle" theme art for this year's race. The front cover is produced in a canvas-like paper stock in "gatefold" style, wrapping around to the back cover. The inside front cover also features a list of every driver who has competed in the Indianapolis 500 since the inaugural race in 1911.

There also are a variety of special inserts in the program, including:

* Vintage program cover post cards that can be mailed to friends and family.

* Three vintage program cover reprints (1936, 1946, 1976) that are suitable for framing.

* Garfield-themed children's activities

* 2007 Indianapolis 500 ticket order form, 2006 Indianapolis 500 merchandise order form

A variety of feature stories also will entertain and inform fans for hours. Story subjects include 2005 race winner Dan Wheldon, 2005 rookie sensation Danica Patrick, the return of legends Michael Andretti and Al Unser Jr., rookie Marco Andretti, Tour de France champion and Pace Car driver Lance Armstrong, Indy Racing League marketing guru and rock music legend Gene Simmons, actor Patrick Dempsey, NASCAR champion and ABC-ESPN Indy 500 announcer Rusty Wallace, the Soap Box Derby, Ethanol in the Indy 500, Indy Pro Series standout team owner Sam Schmidt, pioneering woman driver Janet Guthrie, the Unser Museum, the Indy Pro Series and more.

Fun fan features include driver biographies for the Indianapolis 500 and Freedom 100, race entry list, statistics, track records, a track map, schedules, and lists of sponsors and lap prize sponsors.


Indy 500 tickets on sale: Tickets are on sale for the 2006 Indianapolis 500, the 90th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Fans can order tickets online at, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.

Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday, while online orders can be made at any time.

Ticket prices start at just $20.


Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Al Unser Jr. , Davey Hamilton , Michael Andretti , Dan Wheldon , Sam Schmidt , Janet Guthrie , Marco Andretti , Dave Wilson , Patrick Dempsey , Danica Patrick