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Bob Pullar - Motorsport.com Interested spectators in the garage area today included Memo Gidley, Richie Hearn, Jaques Lazier and Jimmy Kite. Jimmy is looking forward to things coming together for a ride at Indy. Jaques announced that he has ...

Bob Pullar - Motorsport.com

Interested spectators in the garage area today included Memo Gidley, Richie Hearn, Jaques Lazier and Jimmy Kite. Jimmy is looking forward to things coming together for a ride at Indy. Jaques announced that he has joined with Team Xtreme to drive a second car, the #77 , for Indy this year sponsored by Jonathon Byrd Cafeterias. Jaques, brother of series and Indy 500 champion Buddy Lazier was the highest placed rookie in 2000 at Indy, finishing 13th.

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JJ Yeley qualified second for Saturday's Worldcom USAC National/Western Midget Car Series and will also drive at the Manzanita Speedway Friday and Saturday night in his usual # 76 non-winged sprint car. He also will drive in the USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series race on Sunday.

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Tony Ave is also driving in two series this weekend, the Midgets and Sprints. Tony is a veteran of Trans Am and Formula Atlantics but "found that rides are drying up" so he has switched to pavement sprint cars. He is driving the #2 Gregg Steele/Century 21/Pink Ford/Beast in the midgets and the #3 3D Motorsports/3D Motorsports/Chevy/Jazz in the Silver Crown series. Despite the switch, Tony has found a full time ride in Formula Atlantics for 2001 with P1 Motorsports.

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Sam Hornish, Jr. has taken over for Scott Goodyear in the Pennzoil Panther racing #4 for 2001 and had today's fastest lap. He has been near the top of the charts in all the practice and test sessions for the 2001 IRNLS.

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IRNLS Ironman Davey Hamilton is running all 4 series this weekend. He is the driver of the brand new Sam Schmidt Motorsports #99 Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone. Davey has started all 43 IRL races prior to this weekends event.

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Today's action saw qualifying for tomorrow's Supermodified and Midget races. Davey Hamilton put his #1 Supermodified on the pole. Troy Regier was second and Dave McKnight, Jr was third. The Worldcom National/Western Midgets pole was taken by Dane Carter in his #77. Kasey Kahne was second and J.J. Yeley qualified third.

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The Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 will be televised live on ABC at 4 PM (EST) Sunday March 18. "Indy Racing 2Day" will be televised live at 11:30 AM on the 18th on ESPN2. ESPN2 will also televise the MBNA Pole at 4:30 PM Saturday March 17. The IRNLS race broadcast will be available live at www.indyracing.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Lazier , Davey Hamilton , Scott Goodyear , Memo Gidley , Jaques Lazier  , Jimmy Kite , Tony Ave , Sam Schmidt , Kasey Kahne , Dane Carter , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Xtreme