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05/21/07
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Indy 500 starters shine in New York
Jaques Lazier promised Playa Del Racing teammate Phil Giebler to burn a CD of photos of their trip to New York City. Giebler, making his first start in the Indianapolis 500, wants to savor everything about this week.

They were among the 33 drivers who lined up in the traditional 11 rows of three - wearing firesuits and helmets tucked under their right arms -- on Military Island in Times Square for a photo opportunity. The session was followed by a media luncheon.

The starting front row of pole winner Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti are the most visible in the photos and videos. Giebler, starting from the back row, didn't mind that only his mother would be able to pick him out.

"Every driver wants to make this race," said Giebler, who is the fastest rookie in the field after qualifying with a four-lap average of 219.637 mph in the No. 31 Ethos Fuel Reformulator Panoz/Honda/Firestone.

It's the third consecutive year the IndyCar Series has visited New York City for a pre-Indianapolis 500 media event. The front row also did an early morning tour of several national television shows. With a couple of days off before returning for Miller Lite Carb Day on May 25, many drivers took the opportunity to remain in the city or make other travel connections.

Giebler's presence is required May 22 in Indianapolis as the honoree at the Fastest Rookie luncheon, followed by the annual Last Row party/roast. Again, Giebler wants to savor all of the week.

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