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March 26, 2014

Sports briefs for Wednesday, March 26

Franchitti to drive pace car for Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will drive the pace car in the 98th running of the Indy 500 in May.

Franchitti was forced to retire in November from injuries suffered in an October IndyCar race at Houston. The four-time series champion won the Indy 500 in 2007, ‘10 and ‘12.

“It is a tremendous honor for me to be asked to drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500,” said Franchitti. “As a historian of motorsport and as a three-time winner of this great race, I will appreciate every minute of getting to pace the field. Although I won’t be competing in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, this will be as close as one person can get to the action.”

Franchitti will pace the field in the May 25 race in a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. It’s the eighth time a Camaro has served as the pace car, and the 25th time a Chevrolet has paced the race.

NW track schedules fund-raising relay

Northwestern High School’s track and field program will hold a 100-mile relay from 1:30-10 p.m. on Saturday in the school’s fieldhouse. This is a fund-raising project. The team will attempt to run 100 continuous miles in eight hours.

Past Tiger team members, students and community members are invited to come walk, jog or run during the relay. There will be baked goods, concessions and one-of-a-kind T-shirts for sale. Donations also will be accepted.

Questions should be directed to Northwestern coach Dave Stevens at 765-452-6797 or 765-434-4026.

LC’s Irwin receives Award of Merit

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association on Sunday presented Lawrence Central AD Jeff Irwin with its State Award of Merit, for recognition of meritorious dedication to high school and middle school athletics.

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