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Racing legend Foyt to drive 100th anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car

 

A. J. Foyt (middle) with 2011 Indy 500 pace car (photo by Ron McQueeney courtesy IMS.com)

A. J. Foyt, the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, will drive the Chevrolet Camero Convertible Pace Car at the 100th Anniversary race (tomorrow) Sunday, May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Foyt’s first Indy 500 win, in 1961. Foyt also won as a driver in 1964, 1967 and 1977 and as a team owner in 1999 with Kenny Brack behind the wheel.

The 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500, “The Most Important Race in History,” starts at noon (ET) Sunday, May 29. Live coverage will begin at 11 a.m. on ABC and the IMS Radio Network/XM 94-Sirius 212.

Equipped with a 400-horsepower V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Pace Car will lead the 33-car racing field. The color combination is similar to the design used on the 1969 Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replicas; cars which have become among the most popular Camaros in the collector world.

 

Info courtesy of INDYCAR news

Indy 500 legend Foyt honored May 28 at IMS

 

The legendary first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, A. J. Foyt, was honored on Saturday, May 28 during “A. J. Foyt Day” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This year (2011), marks the 50th anniversary of Foyt’s first Indy victory, in 1961. Foyt also won as a driver in 1964, 1967 and 1977 and as a team owner in 1999 with Kenny Brack behind the wheel.

A. J. Foyt with Darren Manning at May 2007 Indy 500 (photo by Drdisque via wikipedia commons)

A native of Houston, Texas, Foyt has participated in the Indianapolis 500 as a driver or owner for an unprecedented 54 consecutive years. He made a record 35 consecutive starts as a driver from 1958-1992.

Video highlights of Foyt’s career were aired on the video boards located around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout the day on Saturday.

 

 

Info courtesy of INDYCAR news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR Sunday January 16, 2011: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Sunday, January 16, the 16th day of 2011. There are 349 days remaining in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

* On January 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. In an address to the nation, President George H.W. Bush declared, “The battle has been joined.”

* In 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in London.

* In 1969, two manned Soviet Soyuz spaceships became the first vehicles to dock in space and transfer personnel.

* In 1978, NASA named 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who became America’s first woman in space; and Guion S. Bluford Jr. who became America’s first black astronaut in space.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Sade is 52 today (file photo)

76 A.J. FOYT, auto racing Hall of Fame driver born Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr

68 RONNIE MILSAP, country and pop music singer

61 DEBBIE ALLEN, actress, dancer and choreographer and sister of Phylicia Rashad of the Cosby Show

52 SADE, pop and jazz singer, born Helen Adu in Nigeria

37 KATE MOSS, model


Castroneves on the pole for the Indy 500 mile race

compiled from staff, wire and Indy Racing League news

Helio Castroneves saved his best for last during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500.

Helio Castroneves (IRL)

Castroneves, the first of nine drivers to run during the final 90 minutes of qualifying, recorded a four-lap average speed of 227.970 mph to win the PEAK Performance Pole Award presented by AutoZone for the Indianapolis 500.

2010 Camaro Indy 500 pace car (IMS PR photo)

Sitting second to FAZZT Race Team’s Alex Tagliani with 90 minutes left in the frst segment of Pole Day qualifying, Catroneves and Team Penske withdrew the qualified time of the number 3 Team Penske car for a shot at the number one spot. With a four-lap average of 226.774 mph, he took the top position.

Will Power and Dario Franchitti will start on the front row with Castroneves. Ryan Briscoe, Alex Tagliani and Scott Dixon will share Row 2. Graham Rahal, Ed Carpenter and Hideki Mutoh will be the third row.

2010 Indy 500 pace car logo (IMS PR photo)

This is Helio Castroneves’ fourth career Indianapolis 500 pole, tying him with Rex Mays and A.J. Foyt for second on the all-time Indianapolis 500 list. Rick Mears leads with six poles. Castroneves’ poles have come in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2010.