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May 2004

  • (5/30) - Buddy Rice, 28, won his first IRL race in none other than the Indianpolis 500. He was chosen by Rahal-Letterman Racing to replace the injured 1999 Indy 500 winner - Kenny Brack. Buddy Rice's team not only won the 500, but they qualified on the pole and won the Carb Day Pitstop Competition!

    Besides the $1.7 million Buddy won, he also got this neat chopper.

    The Indy 500 Chopper

  • (3/29) - I got interviewed by the Indianapolis Star newspaper. The article

    My website was also used for an article in ATA's Ambassadair magazine this year - The article

    I was interviewed by the Dallas News a few years ago - The article

    And I provided some interviews for some tv shows such as Elimidate and Wild About Chicago.

  • 2004 INDY 500 UPDATES

    Buddy Rice and Rahal Letterman Racing won the Carb Day Pit Competition!

    Thiago Medeiros won the Infiniti Pro Series Freedom 100 race at the speedway Saturday 22nd.

    Live is the headliner for the Carb Day Concert (May 27th 3p.m.)!

    Jane Pauley is the grand marshall this year for the huge Indy 500 Festival Parade in downtwon Indianapolis. It will be held the day before the race - Saturday May 29th. You can get your tickets from Ticketmaster or call (800) 638-4296.

    A snazzy black-tie dance party will be held the night before the 500 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom (6 p.m.) Expect the celebrities in town to show up for the "Snakepit Ball". The Spinners will be performing. For tickets, call (317) 927-3378.

    Buddy Rice captures the coveted Pole Position for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 with a average speed of 222.024 mph! Rice drives a Honda-powered G-Force Indycar for Rahal/Letterman Racing.

    Jessica Simpson will be singing the national anthem at the 500. Her husband Nick Lachey will be waving the green flag to start the race. Morgan Freeman will be the ceremonial pace car driver in the 500 this year.

    Indy 500 May Schedule

    Drivers who've crashed at Indy this month:
    4/29 Buddy Rice Hit Turn 1 wall during practice. He's ok.
    4/29 Darren Manning Hit Turn 1 wall during practice. He's ok.
    5/10 Robby Gordon Hit Turn 2 wall w/left side. He's ok.
    5/11 Felipe Giaffone Scraped the Turn 4 wall. He's ok.
    5/13 Scott Sharp Hit Turn 1 wall. He's ok.
    5/13 Darren Manning Hit Turn 1 wall. He's ok.
    Bryan Herta Hit Turn 1 wall. Scraped foot/leg.
    Felipe Giaffone Hit Turn 1 wall. He's ok.
    Alex Barron Hit Turn 1 wall. He's ok.
    5/19 Mark Taylor Hit Turn 1 wall. He's ok.
    5/20 A.J. Foyt IV Spun in 3,bumped rear. He's Ok.
    Bryan Herta Wrecked in Turn 3. He's ok.

    Here are the daily fastest!
    5/9 219.760 mph Scott Dixon Ganassi Toyota
    5/10 220.300 mph Helio Castroneves Penske Toyota
    5/11 221.857 mph Kosuke Matsuura Super Aguri Fernandez Racing Honda
    5/12 222.668 mph Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Honda
    5/13 221.156 mph Helio Castroneves Penske Racing Toyota
    212.616 mph Sarah Fisher Kelley Racing Toyota
    222.024 mph Buddy Rice Rahal/Letterman Racing Honda
    219.871 mph Bryan Herta Andretti-Green Racing Honda
    5/19 220.576 mph Scott Dixon Ganassi Toyota
    5/20 220.784 mph Kosuke Matsuura Super Aguri Fernandez Racing Honda
    5/21 223.224 mph Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Honda
    5/22 218.495 mph Adrian Fernandez Fernandez Racing Honda
    5/23 216.641 mph Greg Ray Access Motorsports Honda

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    Indycar Complete Stats

    88th Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid
    Buddy RiceRahal/Letterman Racing15, 15TArgent/PioneerG-Force/Honda
    Dan WheldonAndretti Green Racing26, 26TKlein Tools/Jim BeamDallara/Honda
    Dario FranchittiAndretti Green Racing27, 27TArca/ExDallara/Honda
    Bruno Junqueira Carl Haas Racing36, 36TPacifiCareG-Force/Toyota
    Tony KanaanAndretti Green Racing11, 11TTeam 7-ElevenDallara/Honda
    Adrian FernandezFernandez Racing5, 5TQuaker State TelmexG-Force/Honda
    Vitor MeiraRahal/Letterman Racing17, 17TCentrix FinancialG-Force/Honda
    Helio CastronevesTeam Penske3, 3TMarlboroDallara/Toyota
    Kosuke Matsuura (R) Super Aguri Fernandez Racing55, 55TPanasonic ARTAG-Force/Honda
    Tomas ScheckterPanther Racing4, 4TPennzoilDallara/Chevy
    Sam Hornish Jr. Team Penske6, 6TMarlboroDallara/Toyota
    Roger YasukawaRahal/Letterman Racing16, 16TSammyG-Force/Honda
    Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing1, 1TTargetG-Force/Toyota
    Mark Taylor (R)Panther Racing2, 2TMenards/Johns ManvilleDallara/Chevy
    Darren Manning (R) Chip Ganassi Racing10, 10TTargetG-Force/Toyota
    Ed Carpenter (R) Cheever Racing52, 52TRed BullDallara/Chevy
    Al Unser Jr. Patrick Racing20, 20TTBADallara/Chevy
    Robby GordonTeam Gordon70, 70TMeijer/Coca-Cola Dallara/Chevy
    Sarah FisherKelley Racing39, 39TBryant Heating and CoolingDallara/Toyota
    Scott SharpKelley Racing8, 8TDelphiDallara/Toyota
    A.J. Foyt IVA.J. Foyt Enterprises14, 14TConsecoDallara/Toyota
    Larry FoytA.J. Foyt Enterprises41, 41TTBADallara/Toyota
    Bryan HertaAndretti Green Racing7, 7TXM Satellite RadioDallara/Honda
    Alex BarronCheever Racing51, 51TRed BullDallara/Chevy
    Felipe Giaffone Dreyer & Reinbold Racing24, 24TPurexDallara/Chevy
    Tora TakagiMo Nunn Racing12PioneerDallara/Toyota
    Greg RayAccess Motorsports13, 13TTBAG-Force/Honda
    Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing91LifeFitnessDallara/Chevy
    Jeff SimmonsMo Nunn Racing12T Dallara/Toyota
    Richie Hearn Sam Schmidt Mortorsports (Penske car)33TBAG-Force/Toyota
    PJ Jones Beck Motorsports98Curb RecordsDallara/Chevy
    Marty Roth (R) Roth Racing25Roth RacingDallara/Toyota
    Robby McGeheePDM Racing18TBADallara/Chevy

  • (5/23) - The field for the 88th running of the Indy 500 was filled today. Greg Ray, PJ Jones, Marty Roth, Buddy Lazier, Jeff Simmons, Richie Hearn and Robby McGehee all qualified. Tony Stewart inexplicably showed up and ran some laps in one of Foyt's cars fueling speculation that he would qualify, but he says conctractually he cannot run the race. So why show up? Guess he wanted to lead AJ on and eliminate the ride for someone who could compete.
  • (5/22) - John Popper of Blues Traveller is sick and they will not be appearing at Carb Day this year. Instead, the band "Live" will be the headliner. I have an album of theirs called "Throwing Copper" which is very good!
  • (5/22) - F1's race in Monaco this weekend may not have the quantity of celebs as the Indy, but they do have Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and George Clooney. Meanwhile, the Nascar race has..umm... Lenny Kravitz. Doh.

    Jessica Simpson (singer)
    Morgan Freeman (actor)
    Nick Lachey (singer)
    Lee Ann Womack (singer)
    Jim Caviezel (actor)
    Jared Fogle (Subway restaurants front man)
    Mike Patrick (ESPN football anchor)
    Rupert Boneham (“Survivor”)
    Jane Pauley (NBC’s “Today” show)
    Maria Menounos (“Entertainment Tonight”)
    LeVar Burton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation)
    Judge Reinhold (actor)
    Neal McDonough (actor)
    Wolfgang Puck (celebrity chef)
    Charles Fazzino (artist)
    Florence Henderson (actress)
    Jim Nabors (actor, singer)
    Ruth Buzzi (comedian)
    Godsmack (rock band)
    Andrew Firestone (“The Bachelor”)
    Patrick Dempsey (actor)
    David Letterman (late-night TV icon)
    Naomi Judd (singer)
    Wynonna Judd (singer)
    Michael Madsen (actor)
    Peter Reckell (actor)
    Melissa Joan Hart (actress)
    Adam Mesh (“Average Joe”)
    James Garner (actor)
    Unfortunately, David Finkel has to be in San Diego this weekend!

  • (5/22) - Most fans have been hoping the IRL would begin roadracing and this week IRL officials visited some tracks to assess them for future race dates. Portland International Raceway and Watkins Glen in N.Y. were examined.
  • (5/20) - Buddy Lazier has not missed an Indy 500 since 1994. This year he did not have a ride. He is happy to land a ride in Dreyer Reinbolt's second car - a Chevy-powered Dallara. He will be teammates with Felipe Giaffone.
  • (5/17) - Access Motorsports, along with driver Greg Ray, have not been able to find the money (sponsors) they need to compete in the Indy 500 this month. They have this week left to find it.
  • (5/16) - PJ Jones lands ride with Beck Motorsports for the Indy 500. PJ broke a bone in his back in a practice crash at Indy in 2002. He's raced in CART and Nascar.
  • (5/15) - That wacky kid, Buddy Rice, captured the pole for the Indianapolis 500 with a average speed of 222.024 mph on a cold day. The speeds are lower than they've been in years thanks to the introduction of the new engine rules which cuts displacement down to 3.0 litres and horsepower down 95. Rice drives a Honda-powered G-Force Indycar for Rahal/Letterman Racing. The young Rice drove for Cheever Racing last year and was let go during 2003 and replaced by Alex Barron (who incidentally wrecked during qualifying!) Rice was picked by Rahal to fill in this year for the injured Kenny Brack. Besides the trophy shown here, Rice also received the $100,000 MBNA pole award.

    Honda-powered cars captured the top 7 qualifying positions, 4 of which were G-Force chassis. Following Buddy Rice, the nearest American on the grid is Sam Hornish Jr in position 11.

    On a side note, wrecked Cheever Racing cars are becoming a trademark. At first, I thought Eddie was hiring careless drivers. Perhaps Scheckter, who now has no problems driving for Panther, simply became more experienced. But now we have an experienced driver like Barron crashing. I wonder if its just the team. Are they preparing inconsistent cars? Or is Cheever somehow screwing up the minds of their drivers?

  • (5/14) - While Indy experienced unusually hot weather all week, Friday practice was rainded out after 5 minutes.
  • (5/9) - Michael Schumacher won his 5th straight Formula One race, this time in Spain. He's broken about every record except Senna's pole record. Michael needs to capture 7 more poles to beat it. He had some engine difficulty during the race and was lucky it kept running.

    I still hear people claim that Michael Schumacher's dominance makes F1 boring. I feel that this year has been more interesting since McLaren and Williams are no longer guaranteed 2nd and 3rd. BAR and Renault continued to spank them again this week.

  • (5/8) - The largest mini-marathon in the nation was held for the 28th time. A record 30,000 people from around the world showed up to compete. Three people suffered heart attacks during the race and one of them died - the first death in the mini. Also, some Indiana Reservist serving in Bosnia held their own Mini and had about 160 participants.
  • (5/7) - Hemelgarn Racing and PDM Racing can't find enough money to run the Indy 500.


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