Series news and notes 2009-08-27

Today's IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights headlines 1. Power released from hospital: 2. Selected quotes from Chicagoland at-track availability: 3. No. 98 car features children's charity 4. Scheckter and "The Shrub" 1. Power released from...

Today's IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights headlines
1. Power released from hospital:
2. Selected quotes from Chicagoland at-track availability:
3. No. 98 car features children's charity
4. Scheckter and "The Shrub"

1. Power released from hospital: Penske Racing driver Will Power has been released from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif. and is en route to Indianapolis.

He will undergo further examination by IndyCar Series orthopedic specialist, Dr. Terry Trammell, on Monday to determine the next course of treatment and recovery.

Power suffered a concussion and compression fractures of his second and fourth lumbar vertebrae during a practice incident at Infineon Raceway on Saturday.


2. Selected quotes from at-track availability: Scott Dixon and Danica Patrick met the media at Chicagoland Speedway. Below are selected quotes from their availability.


On his season, so far: "It's been definitely an up and down season. Considering the bad races we've had on the No. 9 car side, it's almost shocking that we're only 20 points out of the lead and were leading going into last weekend at Sonoma. It's been good on some parts. The team has won over half the races - 8 out of 14 which is respectable - but no one has had much a runaway. I'm excited to head into the homestretch, especially since they are at three mile-and-halfs I've done well at. Last year, I won one of them (Homestead) and finished second at the other two. Hopefully we can finish up strong and at the end one of the Target cars will have the championship."

On returning to Chicagoland Speedway: "Considering we've led a lot of laps here and done well here, we've never actually conquered it. Last year, I think we thought we had won the race for about 30 seconds, before they went back and reviewed it and Helio (Castroneves) had actually won. It's been good and bad for me. Obviously last year sealing the championship and then the bad year in 2007, running out of fuel on the last corner and losing the championship. I'm definitely looking forward to the race. The Target cars have been strong here before. My teammate (Dario Franchitti) has won here before. Dan (Wheldon) did a few years back. Hopefully we can gain valuable points."


On returning to Chicagoland Speedway: "It's always close racing here in Chicago. You can always race side-by -side. It's one of the few we have left that it truly three-wide all the time, so it makes it really challenging. It's all about momentum and keeping you foot in it. We're going to be focusing on making a good car so we can have that in the race situation."

Is there pressure racing close to friends and family so close to home: "It doesn't matter what race we go to any more, there's always some friends or family coming. We try to disperse them throughout the season. We actually discourage them from coming to the closer races because there are so many more than normal. There's nobody that puts more pressure on myself. I am really my worse critic. No one can make me try harder than me."

About prediction for the championship: "It's really tough. These guys have been dueling it out since the beginning of the season. Scott had the tough start to the season with a couple of tough results at St. Pete and Homestead. Dario has been consistent and good as normal and Ryan (Briscoe) has been Mr. Consistency with his second place finishes. It's really tough to say. Scott has a good shot and I know what Dario is capable of and Ryan is a little bit more of a long shot as he has less experience, but he can pull it out too. He can be really fast sometimes. I think it's a little bit more difficult to be outright faster than anybody on the mile and a halfs we have left, but gosh I don't know. Dario is such a good friend. I have to go with Dario. I think he's so happy this year and he's happy to be back and he's having a good time. I guess I'll put my money on Dario."


3. No. 98 car features children's charity: The Children's Miracle Network will be featured on the No. 98 Team 3G car driven by Jaques Lazier in the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children's hospitals.

"I am very proud to be working with the Children's Miracle Network," said Lazier, who won at Chicagoland in 2001. "Being a father myself, I understand the importance of this organization. Parents only want the best for their children, all we want for them is to smile and be happy. I can only hope our efforts will do that for at least one child."


4. Scheckter and "The Shrub": Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Tomas Scheckter met with NASCAR star Kyle Busch in the IndyCar Series garage on Thursday afternoon.

Busch, who is racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Chicagoland Speedway, was checking out Scheckter's No. 43 Mona Vie/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car after weather caused a long delay at the track.

"Nice guy," Scheckter wrote on "But I think he was stealing a set up for his truck."


The 2009 IndyCar Series season continues Aug. 29 with the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at 9 p.m. (EDT) by VERSUS. A one-hour qualifying show will be telecast by VERSUS at 6 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 28. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145 and Sirius channel 211. The radio broadcast also will be carried on The 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season continues with the Chicagoland 100 on Aug. 29 at Chicagoland Speedway. The race will be telecast at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 31 by VERSUS.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Will Power , Kyle Busch
Teams Team Penske