Buddy Rice wins the Indy 500 and the Argent Mortgage 300July 6, 2004 – Buddy Rice, driver of the Rahal Letterman Racing Argent/Pioneer Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone #15 Indy car has won two of the last four IRL races this season.
Qualifying #1 at the Indianapolis 500 on May 30 with a speed of 222.024 MPH Buddy Rice went on to win the 88th Indianapolis 500 after leading 91 laps, the most led in the race.
Rice qualified second at the Bombardier 500 in Dallas, TX but finished 15th after being taken out in an accident. Rice qualified second also at Sun Trust Indy Challenge at Richmond, VA but finished 6th.
The Argent Mortgage 300 in Kansas City, MO saw Rice’s return to the top of the podium as he again qualified first at 210.141 MPH and led 83 laps to win the race in the second closest finish in IRL history with just 7 inches, or 0.0051 of a second lead over teammate Vitor Meira.
Buddy Rice has qualified first three times, and second two times in the seven IRL races this season.
Buddy Rice and Vitor Meira’s Rahal Letterman Racing Indy cars use exhaust headers coated with HPC HiPerCoat Extreme™ coating.