IRL: Indy 500: Public drivers' meeting notes

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 25, 2002 -- Drivers and crew members participating in the 86th Indianapolis 500 received final instructions and awards May 25 in the public drivers' meeting, the final track activity before the race May 26. The 86th...

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 25, 2002 -- Drivers and crew members participating in the 86th Indianapolis 500 received final instructions and awards May 25 in the public drivers' meeting, the final track activity before the race May 26.

The 86th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (EST) Sunday.

Defending champion Helio Castroneves and Roger Penske, owner of Marlboro Team Penske, each accepted a "Baby Borg" trophy from John Fiedler, chairman and CEO of BorgWarner, Inc., for being the winning driver and car owner at the 2001 Indianapolis 500.

The Baby Borg is a miniature replica of the famed Borg-Warner Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Indianapolis 500.

Penske thanked BorgWarner Inc., for their many years of support at the Speedway.

"I can tell you all 33 drivers sitting here want their face on that trophy," Penske said.

Penske also was awarded a winning owner's ring from Al Speyer, executive director of Firestone Racing.

This year's MBNA Pole winner, Bruno Junqueira, accepted the MBNA Pole Award from Mike Faust, assistant vice president of MBNA. Junqueira won the pole with a four-lap average of 231.342 mph in his No. 33 Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone.

Delco Remy CEO Thomas Snider presented special rings to each of the 33 starters. MBNA Pole Winner Junqueira then presented a special portrait to Snider on behalf of the starting field.

Donald Gurtner, chairman of the Directors of Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, presented a plaque with an American Dairy Association milk bottle to last year's race winner, Castroneves.

Jamie Nanny, the chief mechanic for 310 Racing, was presented with the Clint Brawner Award and $5,000 for mechanical excellence, creativity and perseverance. Page Mader, general manager of Firestone race tire development, and Carl Gelhausen, secretary/treasurer of the Clint Brawner Foundation, made the presentation to Nanny.

Nanny leads the crew for the No. 30 310 Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone driven by rookie George Mack, who will start 32nd.

Championship Association of Mechanics (CAM) presented the CAM/Snap-On Tools Top Wrench Award to Dane Hart, chief mechanic for the No. 23 Team Allegra/Dreyer & Reinbold G Force/Infiniti/Firestone driven by Sarah Fisher.

Andy Granatelli, the two-time winning car owner known for the famous turbine-powered "whoosh mobile" cars that ran in 1967 and 1968, presented longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway Director of Photography Ron McQueeney with the Unsung Hero Award for McQueeney's tireless work with the photo department at the Speedway.

The Scott Brayton Award will be presented Monday night at the Victory Celebration. The award is presented to the driver best exemplifying the character and racing spirit of late driver Brayton.

Brian Barnhart, vice president of operations for the Indy Racing League, concluded the driver's meeting by discussing race rules and guidelines with the drivers.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Bruno Junqueira , George Mack , Chip Ganassi , Roger Penske , Brian Barnhart
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing