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Posted by Iannucci | 8/06/2006 | 0 comments »
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In the strange world of finance, today's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard could arguably be called the second most important race of the Indy Racing League.

As most observant residents of Central Indiana could tell you, the Brickyard currently enjoys as much - if not more - popularity than the IRL's production in The Month of May. And a huge chunk of all the race-related transactions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway goes straight into the pockets of IRL founder Tony George, thereby allowing him to support his IndyCar franchise.

So instead of shunning the bumping behemoths of NASCAR, go ahead and tune in to the race and cheer for one the former IRL drivers competing today. Here is a quick cheat sheet of the few, the proud.

Tony Stewart - You've probably heard of this guy. Defending NASCAR (whatever) Cup champ and 1997 IRL series champ who had 3 wins and 10 top 5s in roughly 3 years of IRL racing.

Robbie Gordon - known either as the dude who said Danica! had an unfair weight advantage or as the driver who ran out of fuel leading while leading the last lap of the 1999 Indy 500. Kenny Brack loves him for that.

J. J. Yeley - Ran sporadically in the IRL series in 1998 and 2000, but seems to have found a home in NASCAR as Tony Stewart's teammate.

Casey Mears - Do you remember this guy driving IndyCars? He drove 3 races in 2001, finishing in only one. He's doing a little better in stock cars even though his uncle is a four-time winner of the Indy 500.

Boogity, boogity, boogity.