IRL: Indy Racing League Notebook 2004-02-25

Indy Racing League Notebook IMS Radio Network Sets Record For Affiliates INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004 -- A record number of affiliates across the country will carry the IMS Radio Network broadcast of the Toyota Indy 300 on Feb....

Indy Racing League Notebook
IMS Radio Network Sets Record For Affiliates

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004 -- A record number of affiliates across the country will carry the IMS Radio Network broadcast of the Toyota Indy 300 on Feb. 29.

The network has lined up 103 stations for the broadcast, the most to date for any IRL IndyCar Series race with the exception of the Indianapolis 500.

IndyCar Series veteran Jaques Lazier will join anchor Mike King and analyst Dave Wilson in the broadcast booth at Homestead-Miami Speedway as a guest color commentator.

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Giebler Lands Menards Infiniti Pro Series Ride: European road-racing veteran Phil Giebler will drive in the IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series for Keith Duesenberg Racing.

The 23-year-old Californian tested with the team at the IRL Open Test in February at Phoenix International Raceway. Although it was Giebler's first oval-track experience, he finished with the third-fastest time.

"I knew from the first moment I got on track with this team that we could contend for a championship this season," said Giebler, who has raced in various European open-wheel categories. "The crew and I communicated very well and they helped me get comfortable very quickly with the racecar."

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ESPN Classic To Celebrate Opening Of Season: ESPN Classic will celebrate the opening of the IRL IndyCar Series season on Feb. 28 with eight consecutive hours of IRL programming beginning at noon.

The marathon offers a behind the scenes look at how the IndyCar Series drivers and teams prepare for IndyCar Series events. The coverage ranges from Buddy Rice racing in his hometown of Phoenix to Michael Andretti's last race in Indianapolis to the five-way championship showdown at Texas Motor Speedway..

The highlight of the day is at 6 p.m., with the 2003 Indy 500 film. The show highlights the month of May and Gil de Ferran's Indianapolis 500 win. <pre> The schedule: Noon 2003 Season in Review 1 p.m. Pit Pass: Felipe Giaffone at Miami 1:30 p.m. Pit Pass: Buddy Rice at Phoenix 2 p.m. Pit Pass: Inaugural Motegi Japan Race 2:30 p.m. Pit Pass: Team Ganassi Texas to Pikes Peak 3 p.m. Pit Pass: Kenny Brack at Nashville 3:30 p.m. Pit Pass: Dan Wheldon at Kentucky 4 p.m. Pit Pass: Tony Kanaan at Richmond 4:30 p.m. Pit Pass: Scott Sharp at Chicagoland 5 p.m. Pit Pass: Roger Yasukawa at California 5:30 p.m. Pit Pass: Championship at Texas 6 p.m. Pit Pass: 2003 Indy 500 Film 7 p.m. Pit Pass: Michael Andretti Retirement 7:30 p.m. Pit Pass: Championship at Texas </pre> Event Happenings At Miami: Driver autograph sessions, concerts and rides in an Indy Racing Experience two-seater are some of the activities available for fans in South Florida in the days leading up to the Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Toyota IndyFest at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, Fla., from 4-11 p.m., (EST) on Feb. 26, will feature IndyCar Series and Menards Infiniti Pro Series driver autograph sessions, and concerts by Big Sky and Honesty. Admission is free.

Also at the park will be the Indy Racing Fan Experience. Designed to bring fans of all ages closer to the excitement of the IndyCar Series, the Fan Experience is divided into five properties -- Indy Racing Challenge driving simulators, Indy Racing Kids, the Indy Racing Live stage, Indy Racing Pit Stop Challenge and Indy Racing Gear.

Earlier in the day, IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan and two-time Hawaii Ironman Triathlon winner Tim DeBoom will ride their bicycles from Bayshore Drive in Miami to Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kanaan, also a triathlete, will give DeBoom a ride in the IRL two-seater around the 1.5-mile track.

Both will attend the autograph session at Toyota IndyFest. Fan can purchase rides in the IRL two-seater rides from 10:30-12:30 and 1:30-2:30 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 26.

The Indy Racing Fan Experience moves to the speedway for a weekend of activity.

The Klein Tools acrobatic plane will perform Feb. 28 and 29 as part of pre-race activities at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season begins with the Toyota Indy 300 at 2 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 29, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network. The 2004 Menards Infiniti Pro Series season begins with the Homestead-Miami 100 on Feb. 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast on a tape delayed basis by ESPN2 at 4 p.m. on March 4.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Scott Sharp , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jaques Lazier  , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa , Buddy Rice , Phil Giebler , Dave Wilson