IRL: Indy 500: Public drivers meeting report

PUBLIC DRIVERS' MEETING PREPARES FIELD FOR RACE DAY INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 28, 2005 -- Drivers participating in the 89th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race received final instructions and awards May 28 in the public drivers' meeting, the final ...

PUBLIC DRIVERS' MEETING PREPARES FIELD FOR RACE DAY

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 28, 2005 -- Drivers participating in the 89th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race received final instructions and awards May 28 in the public drivers' meeting, the final activity at the track before the race May 29.

The 89th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday. The race will be broadcast live on ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network beginning at noon (EDT).

2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice and Rahal Letterman Racing co-owner Bobby Rahal each accepted a "Baby Borg" trophy from Tim Manganello, chief executive officer of BorgWarner, Inc., for being the winning driver and car owner at the 2004 Indianapolis 500.

The Baby Borg is a miniature replica of the famed Borg-Warner Trophy, which bears the bas-relief likeness, name and average speed of every Indianapolis 500 winner.

Rahal received his first winning car owner's ring from Mark Emkes, chief executive officer of Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire.

Paul Mills, vice president of the board of directors, Milk Promotion Services Of Indiana, presented a plaque with an American Dairy Association milk bottle to Rice for his victory last year.

Tony Kanaan accepted the 2005 MBNA Pole Award from Joie Chitwood, president and chief operating officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kanaan won the MBNA Pole on May 15 with a four-lap average of 227.566 mph in his No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears presented special rings to all 33 drivers.

Kanaan then presented a special portrait, signed by all 33 drivers, to Thomas Snyder, president and chief executive officer of Delco-Remy, on behalf of the starting field.

Andy Granatelli, the two-time winning car owner known for the famous turbine-powered "whoosh mobile" cars that raced in 1967 and 1968, presented Dick Mittman with the Unsung Hero Award.

Mittman has covered the Indianapolis 500 for several decades, first as a journalist for Indianapolis newspapers, and most recently as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's senior editor. He retired from his position with the Speedway at end of 2004.

The drivers and crowd gave a standing ovation to Speedway public address announcer Tom Carnegie, who has been the voice of the track since 1946. Carnegie had been hospitalized earlier this week after falling ill at American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day on May 25 but will announce his 60th consecutive Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Brian Barnhart, president and chief operating officer 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 Bobby Rahal , Tony Kanaan , Rick Mears , Buddy Rice , Brian Barnhart