Buddy Rice  
 

  • Had Buddy not made it in auto racing, he would have raced motorcycles. He is still intrigued by SuperBike and SuperCross competition.
  • Even after earning a regular IRL ride, Buddy still took part in the mini-bike races held in his neighbor’s backyard.
  • Buddy says the fastest he has ever driven an Indy Car is 241 mph.
  • Buddy, Juan Montoya, Rick Mears and Gordon Johncock are the only drivers in history to win at Indy and Michigan in the same year.
  • Buddy collected a record $1.76 million for his Indy win.
  • Buddy led for a total of 91 laps in the 2004 Indy 500.
  • Buddy’s Indy win marked the first win for co-owner Bobby Rahal since he drove to victory at the Brickyard in 1986.
  • The three cars that finished behind Buddy at Indy in 2004—driven by Tony Kanaan, Dan Wheldon and Bryan Herta—all belonged to Andretti Green Racing.
  • Buddy was the first American to win at Indy in six years.
  • The last driver to score his first IndyCar victory of his career at the Indianapolis 500 was Arie Luyendyk, who won the race in 1990.
  • Buddy was the first “fill-in” to win at Indy since Al Unser Sr. subbed in for Danny Ongais in 1987.
  • During Buddy’s visit to Yankee Stadium, he got a huge welcome from utilityman Miguel Cairo. Cairo had Buddy in the team’s Indy 500 pool and won $400.
  • Buddy is a self-professed roller coaster addict.
  • Buddy played lead guitar for the Subwoofers, a band comprised of racing professionals that opened for Blues Traveler prior to the 2004 Indy 500.
  • Buddy still likes to blow off steam by getting together with his baseball buddies and spending the afternoon at the batting cages.
  • Buddy has a big, dragon-like gargoyle in his driveway. He says it is because he was born in the year of the dragon.
  • Buddy’s favorite food is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • Buddy’s girlfriend is named Michelle Noonan.


 

 


Juan Montoya, 1999 On Track


Al Unser, 1978 Sport Illustrated

 

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