IRL: Indy 500 Notebook 2004-03-03

Indianapolis 500 Notebook Bracks named chairpersons of 500 Fashion Show; Carpenter to welcome bull riding champ INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, March 3, 2004 -- 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack and his wife, Anita, have been named honorary ...

Indianapolis 500 Notebook
Bracks named chairpersons of 500 Fashion Show; Carpenter to welcome bull riding champ

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, March 3, 2004 -- 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack and his wife, Anita, have been named honorary chairpersons of this year's CARA Charities Indianapolis 500 Fashion Show on Friday, May 28, at the Indianapolis Westin Hotel.

Brack, 1998 Indy Racing League(R) champion, is making an impressive recovery from serious injuries suffered in a crash during the IndyCar(R) Series season finale last October at Texas Motor Speedway in a Team Rahal entry.

During his recovery and rehabilitation, Brack also is enjoying fatherhood. Anita Brack gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named Karma, on Dec. 31.

"Anita and I are honored to be hosts for this year's Fashion Show," Brack said. "CARA has been very good to us, and we want to support their task. CARA promotes the family aspect of auto racing as well as raise funds for needy causes. That is something that is very important to Anita and me.

"Racing is a family sport, and we are pleased to be a part of it."

One of the most popular social events surrounding the world's largest auto racing event, the Indy 500 Fashion Show is named "Lights, Camera, Traction!" and will celebrate its 23rd edition with many of the Indianapolis 500 starting drivers and their families assisting in raising funds for local and national children's charities.

The annual fashion affair, featuring fashions provided by The Secret Ingredient, Day Furs and J.S. Marten Jewelers, will open with a social hour at 11 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon. The fashion show is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Tickets are now available, with individual tickets priced at $60 per person. For more information on tickets, corporate tables or event sponsorships, contact the CARA Charities headquarters at (317) 299-2277 or e-mail carachar@aol.com.

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Carpenter, bull riding legend to meet at IMS: IRL IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter, who hopes to make his first Indianapolis 500 start May 30, will play host to Professional Bull Riders champion Michael Gaffney on March 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Carpenter, winner of the inaugural Freedom 100 last May at Indianapolis, will tour the Speedway Hall of Fame Museum at 2 p.m. (EST) with Gaffney, the 1997 PBR World Champion. Red Bull Cheever Racing driver Carpenter then will take Gaffney for a lap around the historic, 2.5-mile oval at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Gaffney is competing in the Indianapolis Invitational at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 6 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Carpenter and Max Jones, Red Bull Cheever Racing managing director, will attend the PBR event.

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Hornish hits the lanes: Two-time IRL IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. will participate in the Pro-Am for the PBA Tour Uniroyal Tire Classic at 7:30 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, March 3 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

Hornish, an avid bowler, won the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 on Feb. 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in his first start for Marlboro Team Penske.

The final of the Uniroyal Tire Classic is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7.

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Leno to hear Marmon Meteor roar: "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, who drove the Pace Car at the 1999 Indianapolis 500, will get the opportunity to hear the famed Marmon Meteor land-speed car roar in early April.

The Meteor was the last car built in the Duesenberg plant in Indianapolis, and it was tested at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, all in 1938, before being shipped to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah by Ab Jenkins for record runs there. Jenkins' son Marv, who helped work on the car, now owns it.

Marv Jenkins, 84, has lent the car to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles for display. Leno has become interested in it and befriended Jenkins.

In early February, Leno provided tickets to "The Tonight Show" for Jenkins and his family, invited them onto the stage afterward for pictures, took them to dinner and a 2-hour visit to his collections of historic cars. They also saw the Marmon Meteor.

Jenkins plans to pick up his car around April 5.

"I said I would fire it up for him," Jenkins said. "He called me up the other day and said he wanted to hear that thing run."

The plan now is to take the car out to an airport runway and start the engine, and possibly even take a run with it.

"I didn't believe this guy and how gracious he was," Jenkins said of Leno.

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Tickets: Tickets are available for the 2004 Indianapolis 500 on May 30. For information, log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or call the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kenny Brack , Max Jones , Jay Leno , Sam Hornish Jr. , Ed Carpenter
Teams Team Penske