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Road rust doesn't deter excited IRL field

Updated: March 31, 2005, 6:01 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

One could argue that this weekend's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (ESPN, Sunday, 3:30 ET) is the most eagerly anticipated event in the 10-year history of the Indy Racing League.

Study the pre-race quote sheets that the IndyCar teams' PR people put out before this race, and you'll repeatedly find drivers using words like "fabulous," "excited" and "great for the IRL."

Why are the IndyCar Series drivers so revved up?

Because for the first time in the IndyCar Series' history, ...

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