IRL: Indy Racing League notebook 2003-05-29

Indy Racing League Notebook Web surfers flock to IRL, Indy 500 sites; Ray salutes de Ferran, Andretti. INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 29, 2003 -- Indy Racing Online (www.indyracing.com) and indy500.com attracted nearly 230 million hits from May...

Indy Racing League Notebook
Web surfers flock to IRL, Indy 500 sites; Ray salutes de Ferran, Andretti.

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 29, 2003 -- Indy Racing Online (www.indyracing.com) and indy500.com attracted nearly 230 million hits from May 1-26 as Web users flocked to the official sites of the Indy Racing League and Indianapolis 500, respectively, for information on the 87th Indianapolis 500.

There were 200.5 million hits and 50.3 million page views at indyracing.com from May 1-26, with 53.4 million hits and 16 million page views alone on Race Day, May 25. Indy500.com attracted 29.2 million hits and 4.2 million page views from May 1-26, with 3.1 million hits and 360,710 page views on Race Day.

Web research data also showed the continued global appeal of the Indy Racing League and the Indianapolis 500, as indyracing.com attracted viewers from around the world. The list of the top 10 locals attracting the most visits to indyracing.com during May:

1. Indiana
2. California
3. Japan
4. Illinois
5. Texas
6. New Jersey
7. Ohio
8. Florida
9. Sweden
10. Michigan

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Class act: 1999 IndyCarTM Series champion Greg Ray was the featured guest on the Indy Racing League teleconference May 27, but he took time to salute two fellow stars of the IRL IndyCar Series at the end of the call.

"I want to congratulate Gil de Ferran and Team Penske for doing a wonderful job, as they do always," Ray said of de Ferran and Marlboro Team Penske's victory in the 87th Indianapolis 500. "Again, I cannot think of a better ambassador for our sport and the Indy 500 champion as Gil de Ferran has done. He is a great family man. He is very honorable and he is a great race car driver.

"And, on another note, obviously the Indy 500 was the last race for Michael Andretti, and he and his father have meant so much to the sport of racing. His name is known the world over, and we will all miss him from the cockpit, but still very happy to be able to call him a competitor in pit lane."

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Hot laps: IndyCar Series champion Greg Ray spoke at a press conference May 26 in Washington promoting the "Drive For Life" driver safety program. Ray is the celebrity spokesman for the program -- IndyCar Series standout Robbie Buhl will visit young patients June 4 at Children's Medical Center of Dallas as part of his role as national spokesperson for Racing For Kids, a national organization that raises funds for and increases awareness of children's health issues and programs. Buhl will drive in the Bombardier 500 on June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Robbie Buhl , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti
Teams Team Penske