IRL: Texas Pre-race Notebook

LONE STAR 500 NOTEBOOK Texas Two-Step: Billy Boat is the leading candidate to win the Texas Two-Step Championship and a $100,000 bonus at this event. The driver who scores the most combined points at this race and the True Value 500, completed...

LONE STAR 500 NOTEBOOK

Texas Two-Step: Billy Boat is the leading candidate to win the Texas Two-Step Championship and a $100,000 bonus at this event. The driver who scores the most combined points at this race and the True Value 500, completed June 6 at TMS, will earn the big bonus. Boat won the True Value 500 in the Conseco Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, a Houston resident. The driver with the second-highest total will earn $50,000. Greg Ray, from Plano, Texas, finished second in the True Value 500 in the TKM-Genoa Dallara/Aurora/Firestone.

*** Event schedule: The inaugural Lone Star 500 is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. (CDT) Sept. 20. The Dallas Morning News Pole Day qualifying for the PPG Pole starts at 4 p.m. Sept. 18. Pep Boys Indy Racing League practice sessions will take place at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. (CDT) Sept. 18, and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (CDT) Sept. 19.

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Broadcast schedule: The Lone Star 500 will be televised live on ABC at 3 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 20. The Dallas Morning News Pole Day qualifying for the PPG Pole will be televised live on SpeedVision at 5 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 18. The IMS Radio Network will broadcast the race live at 3 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 20, with a pre-race show starting at 2:30 p.m.

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Taste of IRL: Pep Boys Indy Racing League fans can enjoy the cuisine of the league's best team chefs during the "Raceway Romp with a Taste of IRL" from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 18 at Texas Motor Speedway. The charity event benefits the Texas chapter of Speedway Children's Charities and CARA Charities. Guests can sample fine appetizers, main courses and dessert prepared by many race team chefs in the team motorhome area of the track's infield. Drivers and team officials will join in the feast. Musical entertainment will be provided, and a silent auction of racing memorabilia will take place. Tickets are $50 per person. A $25 ticket also is available, which includes admission to a Texas barbecue north of the team motorhome area, musical entertainment and a chance to participate in the silent auction.

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Tickets: Tickets for the Lone Star 500 are available by calling Texas Motor Speedway at (817) 215-8500.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Billy Boat , A.J. Foyt