IRL: Notebook 2001-10-04

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001 - Indy Racing Northern Light Series competitors and teams will honor America this weekend during the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, paying tribute to Americans after the tragedies of Sept. 11 in New York,...

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001 - Indy Racing Northern Light Series competitors and teams will honor America this weekend during the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, paying tribute to Americans after the tragedies of Sept. 11 in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Drivers with new American-themed paint schemes for their cars or carrying American-flag decals include: *No. 98 Billy Boat, Curb-Agajanian/Beck Motorsports, American flag decal on engine cover of its red, white and blue car. *No. 24 Robbie Buhl, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, American flag decals on the top of the sidepods. *No. 51 Eddie Cheever Jr., Cheever Indy Racing, American flag paint scheme. *No. 15 Sarah Fisher, Walker Racing, American flag paint scheme on sides of car. *No. 55 Shigeaki Hattori, Vertex-Cunningham Racing, American flag decals on sides of rear wings, shock cover. *No. 4 Sam Hornish Jr., Panther Racing, American flag paint scheme over engine cover. *No. 99 Anthony Lazzaro, Sam Schmidt Motorsports, American flag decal on rear wing; crew members' helmets will sport American flag. *No. 10 Robby McGehee, Cahill Racing, American flag decals. *No. 14 Eliseo Salazar and No. 11 Greg Ray, A.J. Foyt Racing, American flag decals. *No. 5 Rick Treadway, Treadway-Hubbard Racing, American flag decals. *No. 3 Al Unser Jr., Galles Racing, American flag decals on sides of rear wings, "God Bless America" decal on engine cover. Both Treadway-Hubbard Racing cars, driven by 2001 Indy Racing Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone and fellow rookie Treadway, also will carry American Red Cross logos. Among the drivers with new helmet designs for this race: *Buzz Calkins' helmet will sport a new red, white and blue paint scheme. *Fisher and Unser will have a stars-and-stripes paint scheme on their helmets. *Hornish will include American flag decals on his helmet. *McGehee will have a new helmet visor stripe that reads "God Bless America." The entire Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing team will wear the official hats of the New York Police Department during the Chevy 500 in tribute to the New York police officers and firefighters who lost their lives due to the terrorist attacks Sept. 11. Harrah's has donated $1 million to the families of these victims. Treadway-Hubbard Racing will donate $10 to the American Red Cross for every race lap completed by the team entries driven by Giaffone and Treadway.

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Ward, Heritage join Infiniti camp: Jeff Ward and Heritage Motorsports will join Robbie Buhl, Eddie Cheever, Jr., and Greg Ray in driving the Infiniti Indy 35A V8 engine in the rescheduled Chevy 500, the Indy Racing Northern Light Series season finale Oct. 6 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Veteran Ward will drive the No. 35 Heritage Motorsports Firestone Menards G Force/Infiniti/Firestone. It will be the first time since the 1997 Indianapolis 500 that Infiniti has fielded more than three entrants in an Indy Racing League event.

"I am really looking forward to racing with the Infiniti engine," Ward said. "We have tested the Infiniti engine three times now, at Kentucky, Chicago and Texas. I am very impressed with the power and the higher torque band of the engine. I have also noticed the strong performance of the engine this year with Robbie and Eddie. It will be a good engine to have at Texas because of the draft that you have there."

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Treadway-Hubbard welcomes Big Tex: Big Tex Trailers, a Texas-based trailer manufacturer and related parts supplier, will join the Treadway-Hubbard Racing team for the season-ending Chevy 500 on Oct. 5-6 at Texas Motor Speedway as the title sponsor for the team's No. 5 G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone entry driven by rookie Rick Treadway. The Chevy 500, originally scheduled for Sept. 16, was postponed until this weekend due to the terrorist attacks Sept. 11 in America. "We are excited and proud to have Big Tex on board for this race," Treadway said. "We hope the fans will enjoy the race and take a brief departure from their grief."

Big Tex Trailer Manufacturing, Inc. is the leading utility trailer manufacturing company in the United States and has been manufacturing trailers since 1976. The success of Big Tex Trailers recently earned company president and CEO Ricky Baker the Entrepreneur of the Year award in his home state of Texas.

"We are excited to be sponsoring Treadway-Hubbard Racing and becoming a part of the Indy Racing League," Baker said. "We consider our operations to be first class, so it would only be fitting for us to establish this relationship with such a first-class race team. We are looking forward to our first race in Texas this weekend."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buzz Calkins , Robby McGehee , Sarah Fisher , Greg Ray , Felipe Giaffone , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Robbie Buhl , Shigeaki Hattori , Eliseo Salazar , Jeff Ward , Billy Boat , Rick Treadway , Anthony Lazzaro , Sam Schmidt , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing , Dreyer & Reinbold Racing