Racing News - December 2000
- (12/24)- According to the Indpls Star, Dr. Jack Miller, the racing dentist, has signed with Cahill Racing for the 2001 IRL season. One of the sponsors is Opalescense, which is a teeth whitening product. I don't know if
Donnie Beechler will be back with Cahill or not.
- (12/19/2000) - Stan Fox passed away today in an auto accident in New Zealand. Stan raced in the Indy 500's from 1987 to 1995. Stan raced in many types of cars, USAC midgets, CART, the American Racing Series and Super Vees. Stan Fox is survived by his children, Marie and Alex; two brothers a sister and his ex-wife. The funeral will be Dec 29 at the First Lutheran Church in his home town of Janesville, Wisconsin.
Fox got into a near-fatal accident in the 1995 Indy 500.
- (12/18) - The IRL races will be broadcast to an additional 50 countries next year! Although the IRL broadcast to the United States on ABC and ESPN, their world feed is handled by FOX Sports and Trans World Internantional.
- (12/13) - GM announce they will phase out 16 of its models, including Oldsmobile, by 2004. Currently, Oldsmobile Aurora and Nissan Infinity supply engines for the IRL and the Indy 500. GM sells blocks, cylinder heads and other pieces to the varoius IRL engine builders, basically supplying half the parts it takes to build the entire engine.
Joe Negri, GM Motorsports Director, said "I don't see any impact to our short-range program and GM is committed to the IRL for the long run."
- (12/05) - Indiana has lost its only big league professional golf tournament. A senior PGA event has been held at the Brickyard Crossing since 1988. Comfort Inns, the sponsor the last four years, suddenly withdrew its sponsorship and Des Moines Iowa snatched up the September event.
- (12/04) - After months without a leader, CART has finally chosen Joe Heitzler as president. (This actually took longer than it took for Florida to choose George W. Bush.) Joe is 56 and comes from a tv production company.
- (12/03) - After the racing season has wound down, the races have been run, the trophies handed out, and the points leaders recognized and rewarded, certain media types felt that they need some filler, I mean, to tell you who the driver of the year was.
This panel of 16 "experts" has decided that Bobby Labonte is the "driver of the year". This is the fellow who won the Brickyard 400 on his way to the Winston Cup Championship.
Here is some data for you to consider...
- Bobby Labonte won 4 of 37 races, or 11%.
- Rusty Wallace won 4 also.
- Tony Stewart won 6 WC races, or 16%
- Michael Schumacher won 9 of 17 F1 races, or 63% and the championship.
- Buddy Lazier won 2 of 9 IRL races, or 22% and the championship
- Gil de Ferran won 1 of 20 CART races, or 5% and the championship.
- Helio Castroneves won 4 of 20 CART races, or 20%
- Juan Montoya won 2 CART races plus the Indy 500