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03/24/07
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Seen in Homestead - 2  Selected quotes from Brian Barnhart:
(About Milka Duno Announcement): "By the time she enters her first race event and races, she'll have thousands of miles under her belt. It's not like she announced today that she'll be racing next week in St. Pete. I think they have five scheduled test sessions.  We'll do plenty of testing on track with her including start and restart practice and pit stop practice. We'll even consider putting other cars out there with her to replicate traffic and give her an opportunity to get accustomed to running in dirty air. By the time she enters her first event, she'll have plenty of experience in terms of testing experience under the belt."

(About ethanol): "The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League have long been leaders in the industry. I think it was important to us to take the first step to make the switch and be the first series to ever run on renewable fuel.  It has been a tremendous step for us in terms of publicity and excitement around the series. It's creating a lot of buzz about what we're doing. It has had a seamless transition from the competition, the competitors. Honda's switch over in engines has been seamless.  They've run without any kind of failures. As you saw in our practice sessions and our Open Test, it's a switch without a hiccup."

(About the addition of a third female driver): "We have not gone out and actively pursued males or females. It's about opportunity. The league was created to give opportunity to owners, to drivers, to promoters, to tracks, that type of deal. And that's something we're proud of. I think we've given a lot of drivers opportunities to participate at this level that never would have had the chance to do so if the league hadn't been created. And Milka is another one coming on board. We're very happy to have Sarah (Fisher) back. I think it's great. She did a great job in this morning's practice. And of course Danica (Patrick). I don't think we ever looked at it and tried to create a side show. They're just competitors. That's what Sarah's always wanted to be. That's what Danica wants to be. I think, as a league, in our operations and procedures and our fellow drivers treat them just like competitors, just like they are."

(About the artificially induced high-downforce created closer competition this season): "It certainly looks that way.  From the Open Test at Daytona and here at Homestead to the first session today, it looks like the other competitors have closed the gap. Clearly, the Penske and Ganassi cars are still going to be the teams to beat. It certainly looks like Rahal and Andretti Green have closed the gap a little bit. It should make for better competition still.

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