2000 IRL season saw the beginning of the jump from CART as Al Unser Jr. moved to the series full-time and Chip Ganassi Racing came over to run the Indy 500. Unser Jr. left Penske team at CART and joined Galles Racing to drive Dallara – Oldsmobile in IRL. The season saw a high level of parity, as only one driver, champion Buddy Lazier, won more than a single race. Unser scored his first IRL victory winning Vegas Indy 300 at Las Vegas speedway. He also collected two more podiums but finished the season only 9th in a dense overall standings table. Galles entry in 2000 season was sponsored by tickets.com, a global ticketing technology company.
In celebration of the Dracula, world’s most famous horror film characters and the upcoming Halloween season, Action Performance and Universal Studios Consumer Products Group have enlisted drivers from the Indy Racing Series, NASCAR’s Winston Cup and Busch circuits, and NHRA, to sport specially designed Monsters’ paint schemes at select races in October 2000.The livery of Unser’s car, has been altered to carry a Dracula motif for the Indy Racing Series season finale, the Excite 500, on October 15 at Texas Motor Speedway. Action Performance offered die-cast replicas and related promotional merchandise showcasing the teams and their respective Universal Studios Monsters. “In the spirit of Dracula, we are looking forward to getting our teeth into the opposition,” said Unser before the Texas race, when he finished only 17th.
|2000||Indy Racing League|
|Al Unser Jr.||3||Galles Racing|