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'7 ?" yy 1 M ywy if f T't y if y f my y WWW.INDYSTAR.COM THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR FRIDAY, JUNE 1,2001 C7 D ROAD A weekly look at the auto racing world Trucks: MBNA 200 Today -7 p.m., ESPN Busch: MBNA 200 Saturday -11:30 a.m., FX Winston Cup: MBNA 400 Sunday -11:30 a.m., WXIN-59 CART: Miller Lite 225 Sunday -3 p.m., WRTV-6 NHRA: Lucas Nationals Sunday -6 p.m., ESPN2 in THE FRONT ROW Points leaders Sam Homish Jr. 152 Eliseo Salazar 131 Felipe Giaffone 100 Scott Sharp 97 Buzz Calkins 89 Next green flag: At Fort Worth, Texas, June 9 Coming back next year? Despite a less-than-satisfying Indianapolis 500 effort last weekend, two-time champ Arie Luyendyk says he plans on returning to u . ... 1 1 me laue new Arie Luyendyk year .but maybe with a different approach. Maybe we won't worry so much about qualifying and (will) work a lot on race setups," he said. "The field is too tight and close to have a car that's a little bit off during the race." CART Points leaders Kenny Brack 49 Helio Castroneves 47 Cristiano da Matta 40 Paul Tracy 40 Jimmy Vasser 40 Next green flag: Miller Lite 225 at Milwaukee, 3 p.m. Sunday, WRTV-6 NASCAR WINSTON CUP Points leaders Dale Jarrett 1,701 Jeff Gordon ; 1,626 Rusty Wallace 1,623 Johnny Benson 1,583 Ricky Rudd 1,557 Next green flag: MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover, Del., 11:30 a.m. Sunday, WXIN-59 Concrete's the best: Elliott Sadler loves concrete tracks. His only Winston Cup victory came this spring on the concrete oval in Bristol, Tenn. On Sunday, he'll ram Elliott Sadler on nascar's only other non-asphalt surface. "Dover is one of my favorite tracks," Sadler said. "I'd say it's in the top three. It feels like a roller coaster." FORMULA G'.E Points leaders Michael Schumacher 52 David Coulthard 40 Rubens Barrichello 24 Ralf Schumacher 12 Nick Heidfeld 8 Next green flag: At Montreal, June 10 NHRA Points leaders Top Fuel Kenny Bernstein 739 Larry Dixon 720 Mike Dunn 708 Doug Kalitta 642 Darrell Russell 561 Funny Car John Force : 725 Ron Capps 610 Bruce Sarver 585 Whit Bazemore 520 Frank Pedregon 505 Pro Stock Mark Pawuk 626 Warren Johnson 579 Jim Yates 566 Jeg Coughlin Jr. 532 Kurt Johnson 505 Next green flag: Lucas Oil Products Nationals at Joliet, III.; final eliminations, 6 p.m. Sunday, ESPN2 Not so Top Fuel: Gary Scelzl jokes about losing his ride: "I'm going to have to go back to welding and painting truck bodies. But that's OK, because I'm just like the guy who goes to work in the factory every day. I just happen to drive a 300-mph bullet." After a record-setting nine victories a year ago and 23 in his four seasons on the circuit, Scelzi is winless in 2001. He's sixth in Top Fuel points and in no clanger of losing his driving job. SHORT TRACK SCHEDULE Tonight: Modifieds and stocks at Anderson; Modifieds, stocks and figure-8s at Indianapolis Speed-rome; Sprints, stocks and modifieds at Bloomington; Drag racing at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Saturday: Late models at Raceway Park; Stocks and figure-8s at Indianapolis Speedrome; Sprints, modifieds and stocks at Putnamville; Trucks, figure-8s and stocks at Anderson; Late models and thunder cars at New Castle; Sprints and street stocks at Paragon; Sprints and modifieds at North Vernon; Sprints, modifieds and stocks at Lawrenceburg. Sunday: Drag racing at Indianapolis Raceway Park; Stocks and figure's at Indianapolis Speedrome. Tuesday: Drag racing at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Jhursday: Midgets at Indianapolis Speedrome. ( 'We have to turn the page, and I have no trouble come back to a normal life. Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves Associated Press John Dunn New career? Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves throws out the first pitch before a New York Mets game on Tuesday. Castroneves spent most of the week making appearances. After a week of notoriety, Castroneves is back in car By Steve Ballard STAFF WRITER The Helio Castroneves victory tour has a stopover this weekend in Milwaukee, where the newly-crowned Indianapolis 500 champion puts the celebration on hold for a few clays of work. The affable Brazilian, while enjoying the whirlwind schedule he has been on since taking the checkered flag last Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said he is ready or the solace of his race car. "We have to turn the page, and 1 have no trouble with that," Castroneves said. "(It's time) to come back to a normal life." Normal, though, is a relative term and Castroneves' life is never again going to be quite the same. A week ago, for example, Donald Trump wasn't offering to help set up Castroneves on a date with Miss Universe. From now on, wherever he goes, whatever else he does, he'll be recognized first and foremost as the 2001 Indianapolis 500 champion, the man who took team owner Roger Penske back to victory lane for the 11th time. Castroneves spent most of his first week as an Indy champion in New York, flown there on IMS owner Tony George's private jet. He made the rounds of the morning news shows and the sports interview shows. He was a guest of Charlie Rose one night and Kelly Ripa (on Live with Regis and Kelly) the next morning. He lunched with the New York media at Tavern on the Green, was guest of honor at the stock exchange and tossed out the first pitch at a Mets game. Still to come are a Monday night visit with David Letterman, then a trip home for a hero's wel Goodyear leaves hospital with brace Associated Press Fisher and slammed against the Scott Goodyear, who broke a bone in his lower back in a crash during the Indianapolis 500, was released from Methodist Hospital on Thursday and returned to his Carmel home. Goodyear sustained a compression fracture when his car was struck by the spinning car of Sarah ' i I ' M t ' , ','!' i , ' - --. ' I come in Brazil. "I understand most of Brazil was watching," Castroneves said. "I heard that people were doing parties. I'm the one that won the race, but they are the ones that got to party." Nothing that has happened since he clinched his fifth career victory his first on an oval track can match the euphoria he felt while taking the last of 200 laps around Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "I still think I heard on the last lap I'm not sure if I really heard or if it was my imagination the crowd cheering," he said. "And I was like, 'Wow, I can't believe it.' " Castroneves hasn't even had time yet to watch a replay of the race in which he held off teammate Gil de Ferran and three other Championship Auto Racing Teams drivers, all of whom are looking forward to Sunday's rematch on The Milwaukee Mile. While this week's race will have about one-tenth the crowd, one-tenth the prize money and one-tenth the prestige of last week's, it does have more long-term ramifications in terms of Castroneves' ultimate goal: to win the CART season championship. His 47 points are two behind leader Kenny Brack, the 1999 Indy 500 champ who earned his first CART victory two weeks ago in Japan, edging Castroneves. Both hope their budding rivalry not only carries through the CART season but into next year's Indy 500 as well. Castroneves doesn't want to become the third consecutive 500 winner who isn't back the following year to defend. "But that depends on Roger. It doesn't depend on me," he said. Brack, who drives for 1986 Indy winner Bobby Rahal, spent much of May at home In Sweden. He wall on the back straightaway. The two-time Indy 500 runner-up Is wearing a back brace, and his doctors estimate his recovery will take 8-12 weeks, "(My goal, once the brace is off, Is to get back in a race car as soon as possible," he said. Goodyear finished 32nd in Sunday's race. with that. (It's time) to " would much rather have been in Indianapolis. "I would like to be back at Indy. It is the world's biggest race. Any racing driver with some sense would like to be there," he said. "I think it is a very strong possibility that I will be there next year. I hope it will be with Team Rahal, of course." Those are concerns for another day. The task at hand is Milwaukee, where Castroneves earned his first podium finish in 1998 and his first pole in '99. Brack is riding a streak of top-five finishes in three of the season's first four races and his first two CART poles. Castroneves also has two poles and won the Long Beach Grand Prix. Both like the challenge posed by Milwaukee's flat and fast mile. "Oval racing is a very difficult thing to learn at first because of the high speeds. It's a shocking experience," Brack said. "I mean, being from Europe, we didn't think much of the ovals because it's only a couple of turns. "But you don't realize how fast you've got to go to be competitive between two concrete walls. That is a very intimidating feeling the first couple of days. The good drivers get over it and get on with the program." Castroneves clearly has earned the right to be counted among those good drivers. The Miller Lite 225 is the next step on the way to perhaps becoming a great one. "I really like short ovals," he said. They're challenging very difficult. "And I like what is difficult." Contact Steve Ballard at 1-317-444-6184 or via e-mail at Lvnn's Lingerie Skit mod AND SAVE $101 -wnh this d Eastside MODE Washlngtfin IniiijiUm I'ktZii Westside MlMuUtvedeM. lJ2M7-4 Secret Desiresi .iXl TnilKd. Lafayette, i VON. -SAT. 9AM-12AM SUN. 3PM-10PM I 1 1 a - Tobacco firm won't brag on Castroneves9 500 win Philip Morris USA would like to be celebrating Helio Castroneves' Indianapolis 500 victory this week, but it isn't. The tobacco company removed its Marlboro sponsor decals from both of Team Penske's Indy cars before the race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to avoid a legal confrontation with the state attorney general's office. In the U.S., tobacco companies are prohibited from advertising a brand in more than one motor-sports series. Philip Morris uses Marlboro to sponsor Roger Penske's team in Championship Auto Racing Teams, not the Indy Racing League, which sanctions the 500. It is the same reason the Ferrari Formula One team had to hide its Marlboro decals during last year's inaugural U.S.- Grand Prix at the Speedway. Thus, Philip Morris can't reap the benefits of having Marlboro on the cover of hundreds of national newspapers and magazines touting Castroneves' triumph. Ironically, Philip Morris could have put its name in Marlboro's place on the sidepods; company officials opted to leave them blank. It could be argued that most motorsports fans still recognized the orange-and-white paint scheme as a Marlboro car. "We are pleased with the team's result (in the race), but we have no plans to (publicly acknowledge Castroneves' win)," said Shaunn D'Alessandro, public relations manager for Philip Morris. "We'll go to Milwaukee for this week's (CART) race as planned." Most people would consider the lack of capitalization on a 500 victory a huge loss for Philip Morris. A sports marketing analyst for Joyce Julius & Associates, which tracks sponsor hits on television, said Target drew S5.9 million worth of advertising during the ABC broadcast of last year's race, won by Juan Montoya. Sponsor numbers on Sunday's telecast are not yet available. The total effect for Marlboro not being on the car might never be known. "We're not looking at it as a missed opportunity," D'Alessandro said. "We were pleased to be able to work out a resolution with the attorney general's office (before the race) and our larger goal is to work out consistent guidelines for tobacco companies in the future." D'Alessandro said officials from her company expect to meet with members of the Federal Trade Commission in the near future to consider possible alternatives. It is also possible that Philip Morris will be penalized for having Marlboro on Penske's IRL cars from May 6-23. On the eve of Carburetion Day, team officials removed Marlboro Riggs edges out Crawford for truck-race pole at Dover From Wire Services Scott Riggs, who hasn't qualified or finished out of the top five this season, outran Rick Crawford Thursday to win the pole for .today's NASCAR Crf.tsman Truck Series MBNA e-commerce 200 (7 p.m., ESPN) at Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway. Riggs turned a lap of 150.288 mph on the one-mile, concrete surfaced superspeedway for his second pole of the season. Riggs, who started 31st and finished 19th in his only other start at Dover last September, narrowly beat Crawford's 150.238 mph qualifying run. "Winning the pole here is huge because track position Is so important," said Riggs, who has started in the front row four times this season. Things happen in a big hurry back In the pack here at Dover, so starting up front is a big advantage." Notes CART president Joe Heitzler Where the party is always for you t TEQUILA TUESDAYS 1 Shots of tequila only $3.75 and keep the glass j ! THIRSTY THURSDAYS I J j Personal Pitchers of Brad's Brew only $3.50 I j USE THIS AD FOR FREE ADMISSION THRU DEC. 31, 2000 - j i Visit us at . s Brad's Gold Brass Flamingo 4011 Southeastern Av. (317) 356-S'JW j Don't forget about our tiater club Brad's Gold Showclub 3SS1 Lafayette Rd, (317) 297 0429' . Vita, Mastercard, American Curt Cavin from everywhere but victory lane, where a few hats and jackets were, spotted. Eric Wright, the Joyce ! Julius analyst, saw them. "So they weren't shut out," he said. "But (not having Marlboro present) was definitely a hit." Penske's other car, driven by reigning CART champion Gil de Ferran, finished second, the first 1-2 finish for the team in 500 history. Wright said Target's rating last year was aided by its purchase of in-car cameras for the race. Joyce Julius' numbers are based on total on-screen displays of the brand and mentions by broadcasters. Wright said sponsors which advertised with teams in last year's race averaged $942,000 in his company's survey. Notes Donnie Beechler's strong performance in last week's Indy 500 has earned him a second chance in A.J. Foyt's car. Beechler will be a teammate of Eliseo Salazar In the Casino Magic 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the team announced Thursday. , . . General Motors will announce the rebranding of its IRL engines at Texas. All signs point to Chevrolet being the choice. . . . ' Overshadowed in the post-500 letdown was the awarding of the .! Scott Brayton Driver's Trophy, ' honoring a driver of Brayton's racing character, to veteran Da-vey Hamilton. . . . The final national TV numbers for motor-sports last weekend: Indy drew a " 5.7 rating (and a 15 share) compared to NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 in Concord. N.C. (4.9, 10 share). . . . Jay Leno was the honorary pace car driver of the 1999 Indianapolis 500, not the Brickyard 400, as reported In Wednesday's editions. And this about Leno's selection: According to Danielle Humphrey, a spokeswoman for NASCAR, this is only the second time in Winston Cup history that a celebrity has been allowed to pace the start of a series race. The other was the inaugural race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The driver: Leno. . . . The Hulman Hundred, a U.S. Auto Club Silver Bullet race postponed by rain last weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, has been rescheduled for Sept. 28, the Friday before the Formula One race at the Speedway. - Contact Curt Cavin at 1-317-444-6409 or via e-mail at NOTEBOOK is actively exploring whether the Detroit Grand Prix should return to the streets of downtown Detroit, where the event was a Formula One race in 1982-88 and a Championship Auto Racing Teams circuit in 1989-92. Since then, the Grand Prix has been on nearby Belle Isle, where parking is almost nonexistent and the course has been branded great for parades, but rotten for racing. . . . The Jaguar Formula One team is set to lure top car designer Adrian Ne-wey away from rival McLaren next year, according to Autosport magazine and the Guardian newspaper. Newey is McLaren's technical director. . . . Williams test driver Marc Gene, 27, posted the fastest time on the third and final day of Formula One testing at Magny-Cours, France. The Spaniard clocked 1 minute 14:386 seconds, a tenth of a second better than Michael Schumacher and 0.18 seconds quicker than David Coulthard. Express, and Otscoyw V t

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