IRL: Pikes Peak day one notes

By David Reininger - motorsport.com Fountain, Colo. (June 16, 2001) - Notes from the Radisson 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway: Richie Hearn will drive Sam Schmidt's No. 99, substituting for Davey Hamilton, who was injured last Saturday...

By David Reininger - motorsport.com

Fountain, Colo. (June 16, 2001) - Notes from the Radisson 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway:

Richie Hearn will drive Sam Schmidt's No. 99, substituting for Davey Hamilton, who was injured last Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. Hearn hopes to compete with the team for the remainder of the season.

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During Saturday morning's closed-door driver's meeting, Brian Barnhart, Indy Racing League's Vice President of Operations, reviewed videotapes of the race in Texas, pointing out instances of good racing, and racing that he felt was too aggressive. Since Barnhart was not able to determine a pattern of aggressive driving, no driver was singled out and no fines were levied.

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Firestone will supply the same compound tire as used during last year's Radisson 200. Each team will be allocated seven sets of tires for the two-day event. Firestone shod cars have won four of the five Indy Racing events held at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

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Two rookies, Felipe Giaffone (Treadway-Hubbard Racing) and Didier Andre (Galles Racing), are competing at the Radisson 200 this weekend. Giaffone leads the rookie standings (140-53) over Andre.

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Live television coverage of the Radisson 200 will be provided by ABC-TV starting at 4:00 p.m. EDT. "Indy Racing Today" will be broadcast by ESPN2 on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

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Sunday's race will mark the sixth time the Indy Racing Northern Light Series has competed on the D-shaped one-mile oval located south of Colorado Springs. Past winners are Eddie Cheever (2000), Greg Ray (1999, June and August), Kenny Brack (1998) and Tony Stewart (1997).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Greg Ray , Felipe Giaffone , Eddie Cheever , Didier André , Kenny Brack , Richie Hearn , Sam Schmidt , Brian Barnhart