INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Sept. 16, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. Chicagoland event sees 20 percent ratings increase 2. Briscoe remains hospitalized 1. Chicagoland event sees 20 percent ratings increase: ABC Sports' coverage of the...
INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Sept. 16, 2005
Today's IRL headlines
1. Chicagoland event sees 20 percent ratings increase
2. Briscoe remains hospitalized
1. Chicagoland event sees 20 percent ratings increase: ABC Sports' coverage of the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean on Sept. 11 at Chicagoland Speedway drew a 1.0 rating and averaged 1,048,000 viewing households -- a 20 percent increase from last year.
The race, which was won by Dan Wheldon, averaged 1,424,000 viewers and drew the largest audience of the day of any auto racing event.
The audience peaked between 3:45 and 4 p.m. (EDT) with a 1.2 rating, 1,329,000 households and 1,834,000 viewers.
Season-to-date, IndyCar Series coverage on ABC Sports, ESPN and ESPN2 has shown a 20 percent increase in average viewership over the same time last season.
The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. Share is the percent of households or persons using television at the time the program is airing and who are watching a particular program.
ABC Sports' coverage of the IndyCar Series continues on Sept. 25 with the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix from Watkins Glen International.
2. Briscoe remains hospitalized: IRL IndyCar® Series Ryan Briscoe remains hospitalized at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he is recovering from injuries suffered in an accident on Sept. 11.
The 23-year-old Australian suffered a concussion, two broken collarbones, a bruised lung and contusions to his legs and arms in the crash. He also has a small fracture in his right foot and several contusions on his back.
He remains in the critical care unit where he is being treated for breathing difficulties stemming from the inhalation of vapors during the incident. Doctors expect Briscoe's injuries to heal without requiring further treatment or surgery.
Briscoe is expected to be transferred to a private room this weekend and released from the hospital early next week.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing announced it will not field a substitute driver for Briscoe in the final two races of the 2005 season.
2003 IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon will remain as driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota-powered Panoz, while road racer Giorgio Pantano and Jaques Lazier will share the driving duties for the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota-powered Panoz.
Pantano will drive the car at Watkins Glen. Lazier will drive the car at California Speedway.
The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix Presented by Argent Mortgage at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 25 at Watkins Glen International. The race will be broadcast by ABC and the IMS Radio Network. The race broadcast also will be carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 (XM Extreme). The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the Corning 100 on Sept. 25 at Watkins Glen International. It will be telecast by ESPN2 at 3 p.m. on Sept. 29.