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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Tuesday, April 19, 2011: Almanac, Celebrity Birthdays



April 19, 1995 the 51-day siege ended at the Branch Davidian compound. Mt. Carmel building at the compound (photo by Dtobias via wikipedia commons)

* On April 19, 1861, a week after the Civil War began, President Abraham authorized a blockade of Southern ports.

* In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

* In 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. Bomber Timothy McVeigh was later convicted of federal murder charges and was executed in a Terre Haute, Indiana prison.

* In 1951, General Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his command by President Harry S. Truman, bid farewell in an address to Congress with a quote from a ballad, “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.”

* In 1993, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in; dozens of people were killed.


65 TIM CURRY, actor

59 TONY PLANA, actor from Ugly Betty TV show

43 ASHLEY JUDD, actress and wife of IRL driver Dario Franchitti

33 James Franco, actor from General Hospital

32 KATE HUDSON, actress and daughter of Goldie Hawn


Franchitti wins IndyCar race at St. Petersburg


Dario Franchitti at 2009 Indy 500 Carb Day (photo by Manningmbd via wikipedia commons)

Scottish race car driver Dario Franchitti, widely-known as the husband of actress Ashley Judd, is showing that he’ll be a force in the 2011 IndyCar series.

Franchitti, a two-time defending series champion was dominant in the opening race of the season, leading 94 of 100 laps on the 1.8-mile street course to beat out Will Power by more than seven seconds.

The win was Franchitti’s first and fifth top-five finish in six starts in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Franchitti took control early in the race and was never really challenged at all.

Tony Kanaan, who joined his new racing team on Monday, held off Simona de Silvestro in the final laps for third place.

De Silvestro finished fourth, her best finish in 16 career starts.

Danica Patrick, in her seventh IndyCar season finished a disappointing 12th. She was penalized one spot on the final lap for making “avoidable contact” with JR Hildebrand.

New Albany, Ohio native Graham Rahal finished 17th driving for Ganassi Racing.


compiled from IRL news

New Albany’s Rahal will drive for Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Graham Rahal (file photo)

Graham Rahal was introduced this week as one of two new drivers for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. 25-year-old Charlie Kimball was the other driver added to a team that also has 37-year-old Dario Franchitti and 30-year-old Scott Dixon. Rahal will drive the #38 car.

Rahal from New Albany, Ohio, is thrilled to have a full season contract because in 2010, he drove for four teams after losing his ride after three seasons with Newman-Haas Racing when sponsorship couldn’t be found. The talk around motorsport circles was that Paul Newman, the actor was the drawing card for sponsorship and when he passed away, the dollars suddenly dried up.

Despite sponsorship troubles in 2010, Rahal garnered seven top-10 finishes in 12 starts.

Rahal’s sponsorship for 2011 will be TBC Retail group, which is the owner of National Tire and Battery.

The 21-year-old Rahal, is the son of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal. Graham became the youngest pole-winner and race winner in series history in 2008 when he was driving for the McDonald’s sponsored car of Newman/Haas/Lanigan. In 2009, he finished seventh in the points standings with the same team.

By adding Kimball and Rahal, Target Ganassi will field the biggest and probably the best IndyCar team next season.

Franchitti, the husband of actress Ashley Judd, has won two Indy 500′s since 2007 and three of the last four IRL points titles, including the past two with Target Ganassi.

Dixon, won the Indianapolis 500 in 2008 and owns two points titles.

Ganassi is coming off his best season in 2010 as a team owner and arguably the best season of any American team owner has had, period! He won NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and the Indy 500, the first owner to ever achieve that distinctive double and then Franchitti rallied to win the IndyCar points title.

Info compiled from staff, IRL & Target Ganassi Racing

Dario Franchitti wins IRL Chicagoland race on good pit strategy

Actress Ashley Judd’s husband, Dario Franchitti’s pit strategy paid off, in helping him win the IndyCar series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois Saturday night.

There was a caution with 31 laps to go, which allowed all leaders to make a final pit stop.

Franchitti’s crew gambled by not changing any tires during the final pit stop, gaining eight spots in the pits and sending him out in the race lead.

Actress Ashley Judd (wfe cc photo)

Dario Franchitti IRL (NASCAR photo)

It was a very rough night for IRL series points leader Will Power, who was running amongst the leaders when he abruptly went to pit road for an extra fuel stop with five laps left in the race. He ended up finishing a disappointing 16th. Franchitti was trailing Power at the start of the race by 59 points in the standings.

Rounding out the top five, Dan Wheldon came in second, followed by Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan.

compiled from staff & IndyCar news

2010 INDY 500: Dario Franchitti, #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing; 500 Winner


Indianapolis, Indiana – With his number 1 fan in attendance, wife Ashley Judd, cheering him on, Scottish race car driver Dario Franchitti won the 2010 Indianapolis 500. He became the 17th driver with at least two Indy 500 victories. His car was very dominant as he led 155 of the 200 laps.

Dario Franchitti IRL (nascar photo)

Dario started from the third position. This is the 11th time that the winning car has started from that position. Franchitti’s other win in 2007, also came from the third starting position.

This was the first time car number 10 won the Indianapolis 500 race.

Franchitti became the first driver from Scotland to win the Indianapolis 500 more than once. Jim Clark won in 1965.

Franchitti earned his first Indy 500 win in 2007 with Andretti Green Racing, now Andretti Autosport. He won Sunday for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. The last driver to earn his second Indy 500 win with a different team than his first was Arie Luyendyk. He won in 1990 for Shierson Racing and earned his second victory in 1997 for Treadway Racing.

Chip Ganassi became the first team owner to win the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500 in the same year.

SOUNDS FROM THE POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

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