IPS: Castroneves added to Indy Freedom 100 broadcast team

Castroneves to serve on ESPN2 broadcast team for Freedom 100 INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 13, 2003 -- Two-time defending Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves will serve as a special guest analyst for ESPN2's live coverage of the inaugural...

Castroneves to serve on ESPN2 broadcast team for Freedom 100

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 13, 2003 -- Two-time defending Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves will serve as a special guest analyst for ESPN2's live coverage of the inaugural Freedom 100 Infiniti Pro Series race May 17 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The telecast starts at 3 p.m. (EDT).

Castroneves, who won the MBNA Pole May 11 for the 87th Indianapolis 500 with Penske Racing, will join veteran motorsports broadcaster Dr. Jerry Punch, Indianapolis 500 veteran Davey Hamilton and pit reporter Amy East on the broadcast team for the historic event.

"I'm really looking forward to my first experience as an on-air broadcaster," Castroneves said. "It will give me a real 'behind-the-scenes' look at what goes into producing a race show. I've spent my whole career in front of the cameras, and this will be a great opportunity for me to see what it's like from the other side."

Castroneves is looking to become the first driver in history to win three consecutive Indianapolis 500-Mile Races after winning in 2001-02. He is one of only five drivers to win consecutive '500s.'

The Freedom 100 marks the first time in Speedway history that another automobile race will share the famous 2.5-mile oval in the month of May with the Indianapolis 500. It will be a 40-lap, 100-mile race for up-and-coming drivers in the Indy Racing League's official development series.

Drivers hoping to score a victory in the Freedom 100 include Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, 2001 Indianapolis 500 starter Cory Witherill and USAC standouts Ed Carpenter and Aaron Fike. Top rookie drivers vying for the historic victory are points leader Mark Taylor along with Jeff Simmons, Thiago Medeiros, Paul Dana and Marco Cioci.

Tickets for the inaugural Freedom 100 are $5, which is the normal Month of May practice day ticket price. Tickets can be purchased at the gate and the day will include the final IndyCar Series practice leading up to Bump Day, the final day of qualifying for the 87th Indianapolis 500. For more information, call the ticket office at (317) 492-6700.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Mark Taylor , Davey Hamilton , Arie Luyendyk , Cory Witherill , Helio Castroneves , Aaron Fike , Jeff Simmons , Paul Dana , Marco Cioci
Teams Team Penske