Sebring notes: Beatriz quick to impress

SEBRING, Fla. -- Ana Beatriz completed 41 laps, with a best of 54.1478 seconds on the 1.67-mile Sebring International circuit, in what Andretti Autosport termed a "getting to know you" test.

Beatriz, who competed for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing the past two IZOD IndyCar Series seasons, was driving the new Dallara-Chevrolet of James Hinchliffe. According to Andretti Autosport, there have been discussions in the past between the team and the Brazil native, but nothing is currently in place beyond the test session.

“It was fun to drive the new car," she said. "It has a lot of grip and I’m still learning about it. I would be great to have another day of testing and have a night (to think about it) but it was a great test with Andretti Autosport. I learned a lot today and it will be a great experience to take into the future.”

Three big concerts highlight off-track entertainment at Belle Isle: A mix of musical talent will be featured June 1-3 as part of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels (6:30 p.m. June 1), the B-52s (7:15 p.m. June 2) and Ronnie Dunn (2 p.m. June 3) will perform on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage in the Meijer Family Fun Zone. The concerts are free for race event ticket holders.

“We are very excited to partner with MotorCity Casino Hotel to bring these terrific musical acts to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” event chairman Bud Denker said. “We know we’ll have exciting action on the racetrack the first weekend of June, and with these great bands offering something for everyone it’s sure to be great time away from the track as well.”

Local bands and entertainment will be featured on the MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment Stage all weekend. Visit or call 866-464-PRIX for tickets and information.

Speedway salutes Penske on 40th anniversary of first '500' win: IZOD IndyCar Series team owner Roger Penske will be saluted May 26 during "Legends Day Honoring Roger Penske" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 96th Indianapolis 500 on May 27 will mark the 40th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500 victory for Penske (Mark Donohue driving Penske's Sunoco McLaren).

Penske-owned cars have earned 15 race victories and 16 poles -- both records by a wide margin -- in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

"The Indianapolis 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have meant so much to me personally as well as our race teams," Penske said. "I am honored to celebrate the anniversary of our first Indy 500 win with the fans on May 26, and we look forward to an exciting race weekend."

Penske will participate in a question-and-answer session with fans May 26 on the Coca-Cola Stage in the Pagoda Plaza, followed by a brief autograph session.

Other featured events will include the annual Public Drivers' Meeting on pit road adjacent to the Tower Terrace grandstand, autograph sessions with the starting field of 33 drivers and former Indy 500 drivers, and a memorabilia show featuring vendors from the United States, Europe and Australia.

Of note: Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka has been named the "Official Vodka" for the 38th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13-15.