IRL: Indy Racing League Notebook 2004-04-20

Indy Racing League News and Notes -- April 20, 2004 Today's IRL headlines Wheldon "Loves" IndyCar Series Racing Andretti To Be Featured on New Program Of Note from Motegi Wheldon "Loves' IndyCar Series Racing: Dan Wheldon wants to make one...

Indy Racing League News and Notes -- April 20, 2004

Today's IRL headlines
Wheldon "Loves" IndyCar Series Racing
Andretti To Be Featured on New Program
Of Note from Motegi

Wheldon "Loves' IndyCar Series Racing: Dan Wheldon wants to make one thing perfectly clear. He isn't going anywhere.

Wheldon, 25, who won the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi on April 17 and has finished in the top 10 in nine consecutive IRL IndyCar® Series events, responded to a post-race question about a potential future in Formula One with a stare and snicker.

"I came over to America in 1999 because I thought the way the motor racing over there, in comparison to Europe, works is there's a lot more opportunity," said Wheldon, a native of Emberton, England. "I've certainly been graced with a great opportunity with Andretti Green Racing, Honda, driving the Jim Beam car.

"This league is truly amazing. I mean, there is no championship in the world that you can compete in knowing that probably 12 to 15 cars can actually win the race. To win is so, so difficult, but it makes it so, so rewarding when you do. I mean, I just love being part of it.

"We have great teams. There are a lot of good drivers. We have great engine manufacturers. I just enjoy this league a great deal and look forward to being here for a long time. I think now that I won this race for Honda, it will help me stay here for longer."

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Andretti Featured On New Program: IndyCar Series team owner Michael Andretti will be interviewed on the premiere episode of "Driving Force" on Speed Channel.

Andretti, who fields the IndyCar Series entries of Tony Kanaan, Dan Wheldon, Dario Franchitti and Bryan Herta, will be interviewed during the one-hour program.

"Driving Force," which is hosted by Dan McLaughlin and Heather Pennell, airs at 8 p.m. (EDT) on April 21.

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Of Note From Motegi: Marlboro Team Penske driver Sam Hornish Jr. is the focus of a three-page article in the May issue of Automobile Magazine, which discusses, among other things, his promise as an open-wheel driver in America. ... Scott Sharp, who led two laps in the Indy Japan 300, has led a race in nine consecutive IndyCar Series seasons.

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The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season continues with the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Noon (EDT) on May 30 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ABC and the IMS Radio Network. The Menards Infiniti Pro Series Futaba Freedom 100 will take place at 2 p.m. (EDT) on May 22 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast live by ESPN2.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske