IRL: Three IndyCar drivers to compete in IROC races

Indy Racing League IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon, Scott Sharp and Helio Castroneves will compete in the Crown Royal International Race of Champions Series in 2004. Dixon, who drives for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, is the defending IRL IndyCar...

Indy Racing League IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon, Scott Sharp and Helio Castroneves will compete in the Crown Royal International Race of Champions Series in 2004. Dixon, who drives for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, is the defending IRL IndyCar Series champion.

IROC is an invitational racing series that matches 12 drivers from different disciplines of auto racing in equally prepared cars. The series consists of four 100-mile races with points awarded for finishing positions. At the end of the fourth race, points are tallied and a champion of champions is named.

The schedule includes stops at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 13, Texas Motor Speedway on April 2 and Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 9. IROC is finalizing a fall date for the Crown Royal IROC Championship finale at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Bridgestone/Firestone signs on at The Milwaukee Mile: Bridgestone/Firestone has been named the "Official Tire" of The Milwaukee Mile, which hosts and IRL IndyCar Series and Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series races on July 25.

Firestone Firehawks are the official tire of the IRL.

"We love racing, and we have a lot of fun things planned to help introduce our customers to the great racing that goes on at The Milwaukee Mile," said Jim Grisamore, district manager of Bridgestone/Firestone Retail Operations in Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Mile also will have a new grandstand open in time for IRL IndyCar Series and Mendards Infiniti Pro Series qualifying.

"Baby Borg" presented to de Ferran: Gil de Ferran received the BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy on Wednesday night in honor of winning the 87th Indianapolis 500.

BorgWarner chairman and CEO Tim Manganello presented de Ferran and Penske Corp. executive vice president Walter Czarnecki replicas of the Borg-Warner Trophy.

The sterling silver Driver's Trophy, known as the "Baby Borg," is 14 inches high and weighs 5 pounds. The Borg-Warner Trophy stays on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

"Up until tonight, the Borg-Warner Trophy was just a picture in my mind," de Ferran said. "Now I have my on to take home with me, and I'll have it forever. The Indy 500 is indeed the ‛big one,' and it feels great."

De Ferran recorded his first Indianapolis 500 victory by .2990 of a second over Marlboro Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves. De Ferran retired as a driver after the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series season.

Insider's view offered at Speedway: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum again will offer the public an insider's view of the world-famous Speedway with a behind-the-scenes "Grounds Tour" throughout 2004.

The 90-minute tours will offer an in-depth view of the Speedway's evolution over the past 94 years. Dates for the 2004 Grounds Tour: April 30, May 1-2, June 26-27, July 3-5, July 17-18, July 24-25, and Nov. 26-27.

More than 1,300 people from 44 states and 15 countries took advantage of the opportunity to see the Speedway up close in 2003.

Tickets for the tour also include admission to the museum and are $25 for adults, $10 for youth age 6-15 and free for children age 5 and younger. For additional information, call (317) 492-6747 or e-mail mgeiss@brickyard.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing