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04-19-2006, 02:38 PM
<IMG SRC="http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c306/ef0ne2/b013c15d.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c306/ef0ne2/66dc7cbf.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c306/ef0ne2/3a5fb81c.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c306/ef0ne2/416db279.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c306/ef0ne2/46569418.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Two racing icons will unite when <B>Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner, drives the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pace car to lead the field to the start of the 90 th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2006</B>. For a record 17th time, a Chevy will pace the race, and it's the eighth time for a Corvette to be leading the pack. <p>Neither Armstrong nor the Corvette is a stranger to elite endurance racing. Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles, and the Corvette Z06 pace car he'll be driving is based on the C6.R Corvette racer that has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four out of the past five years. <p>"We're proud that this year's Indianapolis 500 will showcase the new 505-horsepower Corvette Z06 and honored that it will be driven by another racing icon-Lance Armstrong," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet General Manager. "The 2006 Corvette Z06 is infused with technology from our own endurance racer-the four-time Le Mans winning C6.R Corvette race car-and having it play such a key role at this important event acknowledges the significance the vehicle has played in American culture for more than 50 years." <p>As the No. 1-ranked cyclist in the world in 1996, Armstrong competed as a member of the U.S. Cycling Team in the Summer Olympic Games. While seemingly at the top of his game, he was literally forced off his bike because of cancer. He formed the Lance Armstrong Foundation within months of his diagnosis to help others with their cancer struggles. <p>Armstrong then staged an incredible comeback, winning his first Tour de France title in 1999. After seven consecutive victories, Armstrong retired following the 2005 race and continues to be a leader and activist on behalf of cancer survivors around the world. The Lance Armstrong Foundation has become among the most influential organizations of its kind and provides practical information and tools people need to battle cancer and live strong through education, advocacy, public health programs and research grants. <p>"The Hulman-George Family and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway staff are honored that Lance Armstrong will pace the field for the start of the 90th Running of the Indianapolis 500," said Joie Chitwood, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief operating officer. "Lance is a sports icon, and it's only fitting that he'll be driving another American icon on Race Day as he takes the wheel of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. It's also gratifying to continue the long relationship between the Indianapolis 500 and Chevrolet with such an exciting, performance-bred vehicle as the Corvette Z06." <p>The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the site of many memorable events since the facility opened in 1909. Similarly, Chevrolet has a rich heritage in racing that dates to company co-founder and namesake Louis Chevrolet, a gifted engineer and talented race car driver who competed in the Indianapolis 500 four times. <p>The 2006 Corvette Z06 that will serve as the Indy 500 pace car is <B>virtually identical to the models available today through local Chevrolet dealerships</B>. Because the production Corvette is so racing-ready with 505 horsepower capable of 198 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, sophisticated aerodynamics, a suspension that can handle 1.01 Gs in cornering situations and large 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels that are a foot wide in the rear, the <B>only changes made to prepare it for this year's role were the addition of strobe lights and racing safety gear</B>. <p>Like race cars, the duties of a pace car can be long and strenuous. During the last four Indy 500 races, for example, the Chevy pace vehicles led the field for a combined 186 laps (465 miles) of the total 800 race laps (2,000 miles). Even during green-flag race conditions, the pace cars patiently run at idle ready for action at a moment's notice. <p>With the Indianapolis 500 being such a classic American race during Memorial Day Weekend and with Chevy's "An American Revolution" campaign, the Corvette Z06 pace car features an <B>Americana red, white and blue theme</B>. It displays an abstract U.S. flag pattern with "Victory Red" and "Cobalt Blue" ribbons flowing across the car on a base of "Arctic White" with white stars flanking each side. The 2006 Indy 500 logo is on each door, and the Chevy red racing Bowtie appears at the top of the hood.<p>The race will be broadcast live on May 28 by ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network. The green flag drops at 1 p.m. EDT. Tickets are available for the 2006 Indianapolis 500. For information, log on to <A HREF="http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com</A> or call the IMS office at 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The <B>Honda Accord Hybrid will serve as Official Pace car for the 2006 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series</B>, IRL officials have announced, marking the <B>first time a car utilizing hybrid technology has been used to pace a major auto racing series</B>. <p>The <B>Delphi IRL Safety Team also will use Honda vehicles in 2006, operating a fleet of Honda Ridgelines as well as a Honda Pilot</B>, all equipped for the various safety and medical needs of the Team. <p>Now in its second year of production, the Accord Hybrid features Honda's third generation of the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) that operates in combination with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology to deliver high levels of fuel efficiency from the 3.0-liter Honda V-6 engine, along with highly responsive and powerful performance. The result is an SAE-rated 253 horsepower and 232-foot pounds of torque.<p>"The IndyCar Series has long been recognized for its leadership in motorsports safety and innovation," said Brian Barnhart, president and COO of the Indy Racing League. "We are proud to partner Honda in rolling out the Accord Hybrid Safety Car, a motorsports first."<p>The Accord Hybrid's list of technical features includes more than just hybrid engine technology. Electric Power Steering enhances steering response, Drive-by-Wire throttle control enhances acceleration, and a four-wheel independent suspension provides the handling required for an IndyCar Series pace car. The air conditioning system also features hybrid technology that switches to an electric compressor to keep occupants comfortable when the vehicle is not in motion.<p><B>Modifications to the Accord Hybrids required for IndyCar Series Pace Car duty include a safety roll cage and high-performance wheels and tires for race track use</B>. The Accord Hybrids <B>will be utilized at all domestic IRL races in 2006, except the Indianapolis 500</B>.<p>Honda Performance Development (HPD), a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., is the single provider of engines in 2006 for the IRL IndyCar Series. Honda joined the IRL at the start of the 2003 season, and late last year announced a new plan to continue as an engine supplier in IndyCar racing through the 2009 season. HPD will prepare and maintain the Honda Indy V-8 engines used by all teams for competition in the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I wonder what Subaru thinks about Armstrong advertising General Motos products..<p><A HREF="http://www.mph-online.com/web/prtranslated/00635" TARGET="_blank">MPH</A>, <A HREF="http://racing.honda.com/press/detail.aspx?id=2006032560299" TARGET="_blank">HondaRacing</A><br> <br>