IPS: Indy 100: Green flag to be waved by Billy Gibbons

ZA top lead singer to wave green flag for Freedom 100 INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 14, 2003 -- Billy Gibbons, lead singer for famous rock band ZZ Top, will wave the green flag for the inaugural Freedom 100 Infiniti Pro Series race May 17 at the...

ZA top lead singer to wave green flag for Freedom 100

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 14, 2003 -- Billy Gibbons, lead singer for famous rock band ZZ Top, will wave the green flag for the inaugural Freedom 100 Infiniti Pro Series race May 17 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The race will take place at 3 p.m. (EDT) and will be televised live on ESPN2.

"I've long been involved with 'show' so I thought it would be appropriate to get with some 'go,'" Gibbons said. "ZZ Top, of course, has long mixed 'rock' with 'roll,' and that's what we'll be doing at the concert following the race."

ZZ Top is performing the evening of May 17 at Verizon Wireless Music Center in Indianapolis.

Gibbons is no stranger to automobiles and owns numerous custom car creations, including Eliminator, CadZZilla, Slampala and Kopperhed, all of which have been star attractions on the car show circuit.

ZZ Top, which includes Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, has been together since 1969 and has the undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with all of the original personnel intact. The band has released numerous popular albums and songs in 34 years including "Eliminator," which included hits "Gimmie All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs."

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. Rookie drivers vying for the historic win include points leader Mark Taylor along with Jeff Simmons, Thiago Medeiros and Marco Cioci.

Tickets for the inaugural Freedom 100 are $5, which is the normal Month of May practice day ticket price. The tickets can be purchased at the gate, and the day will include the final IRL IndyCarTM 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 , Arie Luyendyk , Cory Witherill , Aaron Fike , Jeff Simmons , Marco Cioci