IRL: Notebook 2002-02-21

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002 - Scottrade, Inc., an online stock brokerage firm, will sponsor Cahill Racing and driver Robby McGehee during the 2002 Indy Racing League season. Scottrade, based in St. Louis, is one of the top 10 online ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002 - Scottrade, Inc., an online stock brokerage firm, will sponsor Cahill Racing and driver Robby McGehee during the 2002 Indy Racing League season.

Scottrade, based in St. Louis, is one of the top 10 online stock brokerage firms and can be found on the Web at www.scottrade.com <http://www.scottrade.com>. The company also has 147 local branches across America, combining unmatched online and local service with a personal touch.

"We are very excited about working with Scottrade, Inc. this year," said Dan Ridenour of Cahill Racing. "Cahill Racing and the IRL are committed to helping Scottrade, Inc. achieve its marketing objectives beginning with the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 2."

1999 Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year McGehee will return to Cahill Racing for the full 2002 Indy Racing League season, starting with the season-opening 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami on Saturday, March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Helio in SI: Marlboro Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves, the 2001 Indianapolis 500 winner, is appearing in the Sports Illustrated "2002 Swimsuit Issue" just released on newsstands. Castroneves, a native of Brazil, appears in the special section devoted to Latin athletes.

Castroneves is also featured on the cover of the February issue of Selecta Magazine, a lifestyle magazine that focuses on Latin American culture in South Florida, and he can be seen featured in the current issue of Nexos, a quarterly magazine written in Spanish and Portuguese that focuses on Latin American culture and lifestyle available exclusively on American Airlines.

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Welcome: 2000 Indy Racing League champion Buddy Lazier and his wife, Kara, welcomed their second child, a daughter, on Feb. 19. Jacqueline Charlotte Lazier weighed 5 pounds.

The Lazier's son, Flinn, will be 3 in April.

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McGehee in good shape: 1999 Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year Robby McGehee enters the 2002 Indy Racing League season in the best shape of his life after an aggressive offseason fitness program.

McGehee was forced to spend many hours of rehabilitation after suffering a broken leg in a three-car accident during the Casino Magic 500 last June at Texas Motor Speedway. Once he returned to the No. 10 Cahill Racing car last season, he continued his rigorous workout regimen.

'I've been working out very hard, and the doctors say my leg is 90 percent now," McGehee said. "I feel my endurance is better than it's ever been. I've been working out with a personal trainer three times a week, and on my own I ride a stationary bike three or four times a week.

"I've also changed my diet, and I'm eating extremely healthy foods. Like everybody, I slip every once in a while, but I've really been focusing on being in the best shape possible. I'm following a protein diet, and I've cut out a lot of carbs. I'm eating my broccoli and chicken and really working on it."

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Pacers to play host to Indy Racing Night: The Indiana Pacers will play host to Indy Racing Night on Feb. 23 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Fans can meet 1996 Indy Racing co-champion Buzz Calkins and Indy Racing driver Rick Treadway, who will sign autographs in the IMS Pavilion from 6:30-8 p.m. A Johns Manville/Menards Indy Racing car will be on display, and everyone attending the basketball game will receive a free Indy Racing League schedule magnet.

During the halftime entertainment, Calkins and Treadway will serve as honorary starters for a kids' tricycle race. Treadway also will serve as the honorary scorekeeper for the NBA game and deliver the game ball to the referees and team captains.

The Pacers will face the Los Angeles Clippers in the 8 p.m. (EST) game. Tickets to Indy Racing Night are available by calling (317) 239-5151.

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Racers help raise money for Brian's Wish: A total of $2,000 was raised for the Brian's Wish organization during a charity karting event Feb. 19 at RACERS in Indianapolis.

Among the drivers participating in the event were 1996-97 Indy Racing League champion Tony Stewart, Indy Racing veterans Tyce Carlson and Scott Harrington and 2001 Pennzoil World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski.

Stewart, who raced under the incognito nickname "Smoke Johnson," matched the $1,000 raised during the event to increase the total to $2,000.

The Brian's Wish organization was created to increase the awareness of ALS, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The organization was named after an avid Indy Racing fan who suffers from ALS and is receiving care at St. Vincent's Hospice in Indianapolis.

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Hot laps: Nazareth Speedway, site of the Firestone Indy 225 on April 21, recently began selling tickets to its events online at www.nazarethspeedway.com <http://www.nazarethspeedway.com>, the track's official Web site. Everyone who purchases tickets online between Feb. 20 and March 10 automatically will be entered to win a visit for two to Winner's Circle after the race of their choice, get their photo taken with the race winner and a half-day driving experience at Nazareth Speedway ... 1999 Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year Robby McGehee will serve as the guest starter for the Cub Scouts' Pinewood Derby on Feb. 24 in Carmel, Ind. McGehee also will talk to the scouts about the importance of safety as part of his work as spokesman for the Think First Foundation, an organization committed to the prevention of brain and spinal-cord injuries ... Indy Racing standout Robbie Buhl will visit the Miami Children's Hospital on Feb. 27 as part of his work as national spokesman for Racing For Kids.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Buzz Calkins , Robby McGehee , Robbie Buhl , Buddy Lazier , Helio Castroneves , Rick Treadway , Tyce Carlson , Scott Harrington
Teams Team Penske