IRL: Pikes Peak Pre- Race Notes

The Colorado Indy 200 presented by Deloitte & Touche takes place Aug. 29 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, with PPG Pole qualifying Aug. 28. -- Scott Goodyear. Goodyear has led the Pep Boys Indy Racing League point standings after five of...

The Colorado Indy 200 presented by Deloitte & Touche takes place Aug. 29 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, with PPG Pole qualifying Aug. 28.

-- Scott Goodyear. Goodyear has led the Pep Boys Indy Racing League point standings after five of seven races this season as he aims for his first championship in the Pennzoil Panther G Force/Aurora/Goodyear co-owned by San Diego Chargers quarterback Jim Harbaugh. Goodyear leads second-place Greg Ray, 193-191, in the quest for the season championship and Pep Boys Million. Goodyear finished 12th in the Radisson 200 in June at PPIR.

-- Greg Ray. Ray has won two of the last three Pep Boys Indy Racing League events, including the Radisson 200 on June 27 at PPIR, to pull to within two points of series leader Scott Goodyear. Can Ray pull off the season sweep at PPIR in the Glidden-Menards Dallara/Aurora/Firestone?

-- Robby Unser. Unser, son of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, is making a quiet charge toward the top of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League standings. He has finished in the top 10 in four of the last five races, climbing from 24th to seventh in the points in the PetroMoly-Team Pelfrey Dallara/Aurora/Firestone. Unser is a multi-time winner of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

-- The Colorado contingent. Four drivers who live in Colorado - Buddy and Jaques Lazier, Buzz Calkins and Bobby Regester - will compete in this event. The Lazier brothers live in Vail, Calkins in Denver and rookie Regester in Florissant. Regester, 45, is making his Indy Racing debut at this event as a teammate of Jaques Lazier with Truscelli Team Racing, based in Colorado Springs.

-- Driver fitness. Driving a 700-horsepower race car is tough work at any track. But it becomes even more difficult at the mile-high altitude of Pikes Peak International Raceway. How do drivers prepare for this challenge? Do they alter their normal fitness routines?

-- Adoption party. Nienhouse Motorsports is playing host to its first adoption party for children at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Working with The Adoption Exchange in Aurora, Colo., children who are available for adoption will enjoy a day at the races. But more importantly, they will have a great time and have a chance of finding a family.

-- IRL Kids and IRL Ministries. Finding day-care and church services can be tough at a racetrack, but the Pep Boys Indy Racing League has it handled. IRL Kids is a mobile day-care center for drivers' children that travel to each race. IRL Ministries Chaplain Mark Wingler conducts prayer services at every Pep Boys Indy Racing League race and helps all league drivers and officials with any and all spiritual matters.

-- The teacher and the student: Marvin Stout, the high school driver-education teacher for Pep Boys Indy Racing League rookie Scott Harrington, now serves as the spotter for Harrington and his CertainTeed Building Products Special Dallara/Aurora/Firestone during Indy Racing events. Stout also taught advanced algebra and trigonometry to Harrington at Eastern High School in Pekin, Ind.

-- Harrah's: Harrah's Entertainment Inc. announced June 10 a three-year, exclusive multimillion-dollar agreement with A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Inc., becoming the first casino company to serve as a title sponsor in professional auto racing. Harrah's is the primary sponsor of the Foyt Racing entry driven by Billy Boat.

Source: IRL/IMS

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buzz Calkins , Greg Ray , Billy Boat , Scott Goodyear , Jaques Lazier  , Robby Unser , A.J. Foyt
Teams A.J. Foyt Enterprises