IRL: Indy Racing League News amd Notes 2005-11-07

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Nov. 7, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. Racing for Kids donates $30,000 to Hurricane Katrina victims 2. Rice wedding first of three for IndyCar Series drivers in November 3. Castroneves, Kanaan, Wheldon compete...


Today's IRL headlines
1. Racing for Kids donates $30,000 to Hurricane Katrina victims
2. Rice wedding first of three for IndyCar Series drivers in November
3. Castroneves, Kanaan, Wheldon compete in Colombia
4. Ironclad joins AGR as associate sponsor

1. Racing for Kids donates $30,000 to Hurricane Katrina victims: Racing For Kids®, the Detroit-based motorsports racing charity, donated $30,000 for pediatric care in New Orleans and to help the lifesavers of Hurricane Katrina have a life of their own.

The money went to the Ochsner Clinic Foundation and came from the "Racing For Kids Helps New Orleans' Kids" fundraising program. Ochsner was the only New Orleans hospital to stay open during and after Hurricane Katrina.

Racing for Kids officials said the money would be divided between care for children devastated by the storm and to help as many as 3,000 of Ochsner's employees, who lost their homes in the deadly hurricane, rebuild their lives.

"Everyone of these staff members should get a medal for their bravery and selflessness during a time of immense crisis," said Dr. William Pinsky, Ochsner's Executive Vice-President and the founder of Racing for Kids. "They selflessly cared for our patients even though their own homes were washed away."

Launched in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, "Racing For Kids® Helps New Orleans' Kids" consisted of a national phone bank and a two-day midway booth solicitation during the IndyCar® Series event at Chicagoland Speedway Sept. 10-11.

The charity's national spokesman, IndyCar Series team owner Robbie Buhl, made an appeal for donations during the ABC telecast of the race.

"One of the things that always impressed me when I was racing is the generosity of racing fans everywhere," said Buhl. "Because of that generosity, we are able to help, not only the victims of Katrina, but sick children across the country every year."

The check was presented on Nov. 2.


2. Rice wedding first of three for IndyCar Series drivers in November: Buddy Rice, winner of the 2004 Indianapolis 500, married his longtime girlfriend Michelle Noonan Nov. 5 on the hillside of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Ariz. in a sunset ceremony with friends and family.

The evening continued with a reception at the Sanctuary Resort near Rice's hometown of Phoenix and was highlighted by a performance by the popular rockabilly musician group, Reverend Horton Heat. Among the attendees were Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Yount, who assisted Rice in his early racing career, and members of his Rahal Letterman Racing IndyCar Series team.

The couple has put their honeymoon on hold for a few weeks as Rice prepares for his debut in the SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race on Nov. 17. Rice will drive a Trophy Truck with ESPN broadcaster Cameron Steele.

Rice's teammate, Danica Patrick, will be married in the Phoenix area later this month. Ed Carpenter's wedding, also in November, will take place in the Caribbean.


3. Castroneves, Wheldon, Yasukawa compete in Colombia: Helio Castroneves, Dan Wheldon and Roger Yasukawa participated in the Carrera de Estrellas (Race of Stars), a charity go-kart event hosted by Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Nov. 6 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Ten drivers from nine countries competed on the street circuit to benefit Montoya's Formula Smiles Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the youth of Columbia.

Wheldon won the pole position for the event and finished fourth. Yasukawa led the IndyCar Series drivers with a third-place finish.


4. Ironclad joins AGR as associate sponsor: Andretti Green Racing has announced a partnership with Ironclad Performance Wear, the leader in the performance wear category for construction and industrial professionals, for the 2006 IndyCar Series season.

Ironclad will become an associate sponsor of Andretti Green Racing -- the winningest team in IndyCar Series history -- with visibility on all four cars.

"We're thrilled to have Ironclad join the family of sponsors at Andretti Green Racing," said Michael Andretti, who co-owns Andretti Green Racing with partners Kim Green and Kevin Savoree. "Not only are they providing the support that will help fuel our 2006 championship campaign, they are also providing our team members a technical advantage with their unique products."

Ironclad will work with the entire team to develop new gloves, personal safety products and apparel to help the team perform its duties more efficiently and more comfortably.

Ironclad Performance Wear also will leverage the sponsorship to host customers at IndyCar Series events throughout the season, including the Indianapolis 500, and events at Chicagoland Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

Andretti Green's team members will utilize high-performance Fusion Force gloves and high-performance apparel. The gloves, designed for use by the entire team, feature the Griptec^Ù System equipped with 3M^Ù gREPTILE^Ù gripping material - a highly abrasive material that provides a superior grip when mated to a surface with the same material.

Each glove has a swath of gripping material on the palm and fingers, and each pair comes with wrapping tape or fabric squares to be applied to either steering wheels or pit tools. When used together, the Griptec System can create up to 300 percent more gripping strength, which reduces crew members' slips and misses on pit stops. The Griptec system lowers muscle fatigue, decreases shock and vibration and increases gripping capacity.


The IRL IndyCar Series opens the 2006 season with the Toyota Indy 300 on March 26, 2006 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network. The fifth season of Menards Infiniti Pro Series competition also opens on March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


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