Special Sub-Topic: Indy Racing League 2004
|Who was the 2004 Indy Racing League champion?|
Tony Kanaan. Tony Kanaan won his first top level championship driving for Andretti-Green Racing. He drove the #11 7-Eleven sponsored car.
|Which driver won the 2004 Indianapolis 500?|
Buddy Rice. Buddy Rice won the prestigious race driving for Rahal-Letterman Racing.
|How many cars did Andretti-Green Racing run for the full season in 2004?|
4. Andretti-Green Racing (AGR) ran 4 full-time cars for the 2004 season, which was more than any other team in the IRL. AGR ran cars for Bryan Herta, Dan Wheldon, Dario Franchitti, and Tony Kanaan.
|Which former Champ Car driver won three races in 2004?|
Adrian Fernandez. Mexican driver Adrian Fernandez won three events in 2004 (Kentucky, Chicagoland, and Fontana). Helio Castroneves won once in 2004 and Dario Franchitti won twice. Unfortunately, Bryan Herta did not win a race in 2004.
|Which 2004 driver was sponsored primarily by X-M Satellite Radio during the season?|
Bryan Herta. Bryan Herta drove the #7 Andretti-Green entry which had primary sponsorship from X-M Satellite Radio.
|Which driver listed did not drive for Panther Racing in 2004?|
Ed Carpenter. Ed Carpenter, the stepson of IRL founder Tony George, instead drove for Red Bull Cheever Racing.
|Which Japanese driver drove for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing in 2004?|
Kosuke Matsuura. Tora Takagi drove for Mo Nunn racing in 2004, while Roger Yasukawa ran a few events for Rahal-Letterman Racing. Yasukawa raced for Super Aguri in 2003. Satoshi Motoyama raced in Formula Nippon (in Japan) in 2004.
|In which 2004 race did Kenny Brack return to Rahal-Letterman Racing after recovering from his 2003 season injuries?|
He did not race at all in the 2004 IRL Season. Kenny never raced an IRL car in 2004 because he did not feel he was physically and mentally ready.
|Which event in 2004 was billed as the last ever major league race to be held at that venue?|
Nazareth. 2004 marked the end of the Nazareth Speedway hosting a major league level race.
|Which driver did not contest a race for Patrick Racing in 2004?|
P.J. Jones. Al Unser Jr. started the season and then retired after the Indy 500. Jaques Lazier ran seven events and Tomas Enge ran two events.
|How many races did Greg Ray run in 2004 before he ran out of money and stepped down?|
6. Greg only ran six events in 2004 before handing over the driving duties eventually to Mark Taylor. He ran the races at Homestead, Phoenix, Motegi, Indy, Texas (1st race), and Richmond.
|What team did Sarah Fisher drive for in 2004?|
Kelley Racing. Sarah ran in one race in 2004 driving for Tom Kelley. She ran the #39 Kelley racing entry in the Indy 500.
|How many races did Sarah Fisher run in the 2004 season?|
Only the Indy 500. Sarah only ran in the Indy 500.
|Which driver took over the #13 Access Motorsports car mid-season in 2004?|
Mark Taylor. Mark Taylor (the 2003 Infiniti Pro Series Champ) started the season with Panther but was released during the season in favor of Townsend Bell. Taylor then took over the #13 Access car from Greg Ray.
|Who was 2003 Champion Scott Dixon's teammate at Ganassi Racing in 2004?|
Darren Manning. Tony Renna had been signed to drive for Ganassi Racing in 2004, but he was tragically killed in preseason testing. Chip Ganassi then signed Darren Manning who drove in Champ Car for Walker racing in 2003.
|What was the highest place finish that Anthony Foyt (AJ Foyt IV) scored in the 2004 season?|
10th place. Anthony's best finish was at the season finale at Texas Motor Speedway where he came in 10th place.
|Which driver finished at the bottom of the Indy Racing League point standings when the 2004 season ended?|
Larry Foyt. Larry Foyt and P.J. Jones were both tied for 35th place overall. However, Larry Foyt had lower cash winnings overall so he was listed as last.
|How many races made up the 2004 IRL season?|
16. The season was 16 races which were all on oval style tracks.
|When the IRL was founded, it was meant to give American drivers a chance to compete because there were few opportunities in Champ Car (then called CART). How many American drivers contested at least 75% of the 2004 races?|
7. Only seven US drivers contested at least 75% of the season. Those drivers were Buddy Rice, Sam Hornish, Byran Herta, AJ Foyt IV, Scott Sharp, Ed Carpenter, and Alex Barron. Al Unser Jr., Townsend Bell, Greg Ray, and Jaques Lazier, all ran multiple events (but less than 75%).
|Which retired driver decided to come out of retirement to run the 2004 Indy 500?|
No driver did. In fact, not even one formally retired driver actually ran the race, even though Arie Luyendyk was trying to put together a competitive deal to run the race.
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