IRL: Notebook 2002-05-02

Indy Racing League Notebook Texas draws horsepower comparisons; Luyendyk on ESPN Radio INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 2, 2002 -- While the horse racing world is rearing up for the 128th Kentucky Derby on May 4, Texas Motor Speedway officials are ...

Indy Racing League Notebook
Texas draws horsepower comparisons; Luyendyk on ESPN Radio

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 2, 2002 -- While the horse racing world is rearing up for the 128th Kentucky Derby on May 4, Texas Motor Speedway officials are gearing up for the Indy Racing League's Boomtown 500 on June 8 at the 1.5-mile TMS oval.

So TMS drew a few analogies between the Derby and the first night race of the IRL season:

*Scott Sharp edged Robby McGehee by a nose, .059 of a second, in 2000 to win the June IRL race at Texas in what is considered one of the greatest races in IRL history. The last time the Kentucky Derby was decided by a nose was in 1996 when Grindstone edged Cavonnier at the wire. In the 127-year history of the famous Run For The Roses, there have been eight winners by a nose.

*How fast is fast? The great Secretariat posted the fastest win in Derby history with his 1973 time of 1 minute, 59 seconds across the 1 ¼-mile track at Churchill Downs. That translates to 37.815 mph for the champion. Last year, Eddie Cheever Jr. turned the fastest lap in the June IRL race at Texas Motor Speedway at 218.697 mph, covering the 1.5-mile superspeedway in approximately 24.65 seconds.

*Around 80,000 mint juleps are served in two days at the Kentucky Derby. An estimated 180,000 cold drinks of all varieties are brought in via coolers by fans at the June IRL race at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Arie on ESPN Radio: Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk left the broadcast booth to return to the track in 2001 at Indy. While he'll be back on track this year in the No. 5 Meijer G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone in an attempt to win the Borg-Warner Trophy, he'll also return to media work during May.

Luyendyk will serve as a special Indianapolis 500 analyst for ESPN Radio during May. Luyendyk will be on host Jack Arute's "Postgame Locker Room Show" with scheduled segments May 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26.

Arute is also a pit reporter for the ABC/ESPN network TV coverage of the Indianapolis 500.

The ESPN "Postgame Locker Room Show" airs from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (EDT) Saturdays and Sundays on more than 300 ESPN Radio network affiliate stations.

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Racing For Kids' numbers grow: Indy Racing League standout Robbie Buhl has visited nearly 13,000 children in 200 children's hospitals in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia during his 12-year tenure as national spokesperson for Racing For Kids, a program designed to attract attention to and funding for children's health issues.

Buhl has helped Racing For Kids raise $2.5 million for the hospitals visited by the program.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby McGehee , Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk