FORT WORTH, Texas, Monday, Oct. 9, 2000 - Event happenings leading up to and during the Excite 500 on Oct. 13-15 at Texas Motor Speedway: SCHEDULE: The Excite 500 starts at 1 p.m. (CDT) Oct. 15. MBNA Pole Qualifying starts at noon Oct.
FORT WORTH, Texas, Monday, Oct. 9, 2000 - Event happenings leading up to and during the Excite 500 on Oct. 13-15 at Texas Motor Speedway:
SCHEDULE: The Excite 500 starts at 1 p.m. (CDT) Oct. 15. MBNA Pole Qualifying starts at noon Oct. 14. Practice sessions start at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 14.
ON THE AIR: The Excite 500 will be televised on ABC at 4 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 15. “Indy Racing 2Day” will be televised at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 on ESPN2.
ESPN2 will televise MBNA Pole qualifying at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 14.
The Indy Racing Radio Network will broadcast a 30-minute pre-race show at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 15, followed by the live race broadcast at 2 p.m.
The area IRRN affiliate is WBAP-AM 820, Arlington, Texas. The IRRN race broadcast also will be available live on the Internet at www.indyracing.com as part of a partnership between Indy Racing Online and Yahoo!/broadcast.com, the world’s leading Web broadcast site.
ON THE WEB: Live streaming video of practice sessions from the Excite 500 will be available through a partnership with LiveOnTheNet.com at www.liveonthenet.com
Live timing and scoring reports from Excite 500 practice, MBNA Pole qualifying and the race will be available on the Internet at www.indyracing.com.
Feature stories, practice, race and qualifying reports, and driver quotes and notes also will be posted on the site daily. Pre-race driver interviews as well as a highlight clip from the thrilling Casino Magic 500 on June 11 at Texas Motor Speedway are also available at www.indyracing.com .
TICKETS: Tickets for the Excite 500 are available by calling Texas Motor Speedway (817) 215-8500 or by logging on to www.texasmotorspeedway.com .
TICKET SPECIALS: Z-Max, manufacturers of an automotive fuel additive and lubricant, is offering a special ticket package for the Excite 500. The Z-Max Family Pack includes four race tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and a souvenir program for $79.99. The package is available through the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office by calling (817) 215-8500. The Texas State Fair will offer people a chance to win free Excite 500 tickets by stopping by several displays. The Chevrolet Racing Display will give fairgoers a chance to register to win race tickets and pick up free Dallas Morning News Pole Day tickets to watch MBNA Pole Qualifying. Two Dallas-area radio stations, KSCS-FM 96.3 and WBAP-AM 820, will give away Dallas Morning News Pole Day tickets. KSCS-FM will offer contests for VIP race passes, while WBAP-AM will give fans a chance to register for free tickets to the Excite 500.
HITTING THE ICE: Indy Racing Northern Light Series points leaders Buddy Lazier, Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever Jr., will be at Reunion Arena in Dallas on Thursday, Oct. 12, when the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Dallas Stars. The drivers will present gifts from their teams to the Stars.
SMITH NAMED GRAND MARSHAL: Byron Smith, executive vice president, Consumer Broadband Services, and chief marketing officer of Excite, has been named grand marshal for the Excite 500.
Smith oversees the @Home service, media sales, Engineering and Operations, Excite Studios, @Home Solutions, affiliate marketing with cable partners, Customer Care and all marketing for the company. In addition to other duties, Smith will ride in the Pace Car during the parade laps leading up to the start of the race.
SIGN HERE PLEASE: Drivers from the Indy Racing Northern Light Series will sign autographs in the garage area at Texas Motor Speedway at 4:45 p.m. Saturday after MBNA Pole Qualifying.