IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2005-06-30

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- June 30, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. Firestone offers chance to be Honorary Starter at Nashville 2. Rice, Meira highlighted on "The Fast Life" 1. Firestone offers chance to be Honorary Starter at...

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- June 30, 2005

Today's IRL headlines
1. Firestone offers chance to be Honorary Starter at Nashville
2. Rice, Meira highlighted on "The Fast Life"

1. Firestone offers chance to be Honorary Starter at Nashville: Firestone Racing has placed for bid on eBay the Honorary Starter's position for the Firestone Indy 200 on July 16 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Through July 5, anyone may bid on the honor, with the highest bidder (provided the offer meets the minimum reserve bid) invited by Firestone Racing to climb into the flag stand before the race and then wave the green flag.

Proceeds from the top bid go to United Way of Metropolitan Nashville.

"We realize the average fan rarely, if ever, has an opportunity to serve as Honorary Starter for a race of any kind," Firestone Racing executive director Al Speyer said, "so we thought it would be nice to open the possibility to everyone.

"I have been fortunate enough to serve as Honorary Starter for the Firestone Indy 200 in the past, and let me tell you, it's one of the more memorable experiences of my career in racing. We're sure the winning bidder will enjoy the entire evening we have planned and know that he or she will also enjoy having helped many others in the process with the donation going to United Way."

The winning bidder also receives four grandstand tickets for the race from Firestone Racing, admission to Firestone's pre-race hospitality area and gets to meet Andrew Firestone, great-grandson of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. founder Harvey Firestone and most recently star of the ABC reality show "The Bachelor." Before taking position in the flag stand, the winning bidder also will be decked out in Firestone Racing apparel and receive a lesson in "proper flag-waving" from the official IRL starter.

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2. Rice, Meira highlighted on "The Fast Life": The second season of "The Fast Life," ESPN2's series about the IRL IndyCar Series, continues this weekend with an episode airing just before the Argent Mortgage Indy 300.

The show, which focuses on 2004 Indianapolis 500 Buddy Rice and his teammate Vitor Meira, will be telecast at Noon (EDT) on July 3. Additional programs of the eight-week series will be telecast by ESPN2 at noon on Sundays throughout the summer.

Hosted by ESPN pit announcer Jamie Little, "The Fast Life" is designed to give the viewer a behind-the-scenes look at the IndyCar Series and its drivers. Each episode will give an all-access peek into the life of a different IndyCar Series driver.

Each show also includes race previews and reviews and "Kevin Blanch's Tech Tip" using the same Target cut-away car used during the IndyCar Series broadcast. In addition, the shows will count down the top eight moments in IndyCar Series history as voted on by the fans on www.indycar.com.

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The 10th season of IRL IndyCar competition continues with the Argent Mortgage Indy 300 at 1 p.m. (EDT) July 3 at Kansas Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network. The race also will be available on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 "XM Extreme." The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the Cleanevent 100 on July 16 at Nashville Superspeedway. It will be telecast at 3 p.m. (EDT) July 21 by ESPN2. The next episode of "The Fast Life," ESPN2's behind-the-scenes series about the IndyCar Series, airs at noon (EDT) on July 3.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Rice , Andrew Firestone , Jamie Little , Vitor Meira