Brazilian Six-Pack at Indy

    are six Brazilians in the spotlight this Sunday, May 25,
    competing in 87th annual Indianapolis 500. They are Hélio
    Tony Kanaan, Gil de Ferren, Felipe Giaffóne, Vitor Meira and
    Airton Dare. Can Castroneves make history becoming the first
    driver ever to win three consecutive Indy 500s?
    by: Phillip


    Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Gil de Ferren, Felipe Giaffóne, Vitor
    Meira and Airton Dare will be competing in the 87th annual
    running of the world’s largest single day sporting event, the Indianapolis
    500. More than 400,000 fans will be at the track to see Hélio
    attempt to become the first ever driver to win three consecutive Indy

    dominated in 2001, when they finished in five of the top seven spots,
    and in 2002, when they finished first, third and tenth. Five different
    Brazilians led last year’s race at one time or another and each year
    a Brazilian was Fastest Rookie. Hélio’s pit crew won the pre-race
    pit competition in 2002 and finished second this year. Hélio
    was the fastest qualifier this year, just edging out fellow Brazilian
    Tony Kakaan. Gil de Ferren will start from the tenth position. Vitor
    Meira, in his first start at the Indy 500, was the fastest qualifier
    with a Chevy engine.

    Brazilian "Need for Speed"

    "Boys from Brazil" are generating more excitement at the track
    than anyone in Indianapolis can remember seeing in many years. Their
    enthusiasm, professionalism, approachability, unassuming humility and
    speed are fantastic for the sport and giving Brazil a great image here
    in the U.S. Two former presidents, Muhammed Ali and many Hollywood celebrities
    will be on hand.

    miss this opportunity to share your Brazilian pride! Tune in to the
    race on national radio or on the ABC television network. West-coast
    fans will want to note the noon Indiana time start to the race, with
    ABC television pre-race coverage beginning an hour earlier. Invite some
    friends, fire up the grill and serve some ice-cold beer. If you’re
    going to be at the race wear green and yellow and bring a Brazilian


    the author: Phillip Wagner is a regular contributor and represents
    Brazzil at the track in Indianapolis. After recently taking
    a two lap run of the track in the 2003 pace car, where he entered
    the turns at 93 miles an hour, he says he can’t imagine how "our
    guys" do it at twice that speed. Visit Phillip’s site at 
    and/or contact him at




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