IRL: Indy Racing League Notebook 2004-02-06

Penske, Sirius announce agreement Penske Corporation and SIRIUS Satellite Radio announced a sponsorship agreement on Feb. 6 for its Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series and NASCAR teams SIRIUS Satellite Radio logos will appear on the Marlboro...

Penske, Sirius announce agreement
Penske Corporation and SIRIUS Satellite Radio announced a sponsorship agreement on Feb. 6 for its Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series and NASCAR teams

SIRIUS Satellite Radio logos will appear on the Marlboro Team Penske entries of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and two-time IRL IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr.

"Racing is the common thread throughout our organization and a natural environment for us to highlight the SIRIUS brand to our fans in NASCAR and IndyCar," said Roger Penske, Chairman of Penske Corp. "We are delighted that drivers Rusty Wallace, Helio Castroneves, Ryan Newman, Sam Hornish, Jr., and Brendan Gaughan will be competing under a SIRIUS Satellite Radio banner."

Renna Memorial Tournament this weekend: The life of the late Tony Renna will be remembered at a golf tournament aimed at raising funds for a scholarship that bears the name of the rising IndyCar® Series driver. The event, scheduled for Feb. 8 at Pelican Bay North Country Club in Daytona Beach, Fla., is sponsored by Father Lopez Catholic School in Daytona Beach.

The school renamed its annual tournament in January to honor Renna, a native of nearby DeLand, Fla., and a 1995 graduate of the school. Renna was killed in private testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October 2003.

"The point is to remember one of our former students forever," said Bob Booth, one of the tournament's organizers. "Tony's name will be on a scholarship that will help someone go to the school. His family will play a role in selecting that student, and it will go on forever."

Members of Renna's family and his fiancee, Debbie Savini, will attend the event, which will be followed by a dinner.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Renna scholarship, the Tony Renna foundation and the Father Lopez Booster Club.

Road to TMS gets smoother: Fans traveling to Texas Motor Speedway will find the going much easier in 2004.

State Highway 114, the main artery between Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and the speedway is scheduled to open its final freeway segment this weekend.

"The completion of this segment of State Highway 114 is a significant step in improving access to one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States," said Texas Motor Speedway General Manager Eddie Gossage. "The opening of the freeway through Southlake is a move toward the completion of an expressway that will allow race fans to travel from Dallas to Texas Motor Speedway without stop lights."

The opening of the freeway segment will complete a four-phase, $72.5 million project on six miles of expressway through Southlake, Texas.

Nice ride: Don Slesnick, the mayor of Coral Gables, Fla., had an interesting ride waiting to take him to a recent event -- the Indy Racing League's gas-powered two-seater.

Slesnick was chauffered to the event by IRL IndyCar® Series veteran Davey Hamilton, who was in town to give two-seater rides to various media personalities throughout South Florida.

The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season begins with the Toyota Indy 300 at 2 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 29, 2004, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network.

-irl-

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Ryan Newman , Davey Hamilton , Helio Castroneves , Brendan Gaughan , Tony Renna , Roger Penske , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske