Iowa: Round nine preview

Dixon, Castroneves to continue points battle at Iowa AGR looking for another 1-2 sweep FAST FACTS Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer Date / Time Sunday, June 22 1 p.m. (EDT) Track Iowa Speedway Distance 250 laps / 218.75...

Dixon, Castroneves to continue points battle at Iowa
AGR looking for another 1-2 sweep

FAST FACTS
Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer

Date / Time
Sunday, June 22
1 p.m. (EDT)

Track
Iowa Speedway

Distance
250 laps / 218.75 miles

TV
ABC (Live)

Radio
IMS Radio Network / XM Satellite Radio (Live)

2007 Winner
Dario Franchitti

2007 Polesitter
Scott Dixon

Iowa Speedway
.875-mile oval
First IndyCar Series race in 2007
Seats: 40,000

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Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer Race Notes:

The Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer will be the second IndyCar Series event conducted at Iowa Speedway. Dario Franchitti won the inaugural event.

Scott Dixon won the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award at Iowa last year.

Twelve drivers entered in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer raced in last year's IndyCar Series event at the track. Six of those drivers led laps (Vitor Meira 71, Helio Castroneves 59, Scott Dixon 10, Buddy Rice 5, Marco Andretti 4 and Danica Patrick 1).

Four Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Buddy Rice (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Scott Dixon (2008).

Three IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer: Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).

Season-to-Date:

* Helio Castroneves is the only driver to finish in the top five in all seven races this season. Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan are the only other drivers to finish in the top 10 in six races.

* Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon are the only drivers to complete all 1,336 laps in 2008.

* Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon are the only drivers running at the finish of every race in 2008.

Milestones & Records:

* Helio Castroneves will attempt to make his 105th career IndyCar Series start. It would also be his 103rd consecutive start.

* Helio Castroneves can establish an IndyCar Series record for most consecutive seasons with at least one win should he win the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer. Castroneves is tied with Scott Sharp with victories in seven consecutive seasons.

* Helio Castroneves can extend his IndyCar Series record for consecutive seasons with a pole to seven if he can win the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award presented by Boyer Petroleum.

* Scott Dixon needs to lead 85 more laps to become the fifth driver to lead 2,000 laps in his career. The others to lead at least 2,000 laps are Sam Hornish Jr. (3,428), Helio Castroneves (2,682), Dan Wheldon (2,674) and Tony Kanaan (2,182).

* Vitor Meira has gone 83 starts without a victory in the IndyCar Series, the longest drought of any IndyCar Series driver.

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Schedule (local time):

June 20
1-3 p.m. - IndyCar Series Open Test
4:30-6:30 p.m. - IndyCar Series Open Test

June 21
10:30 a.m. - Noon - IndyCar Series practice
1:30-3:30 p.m. - IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
5:30 p.m. - PEAK Motor Oil Pole Qualifying presented by Boyer Petroleum

June 22
11:30 a.m. - Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer pre-race
12:30 p.m. - Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer (250 laps/218.75 miles)

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Marco Andretti , Sam Hornish Jr. , Danica Patrick , Vitor Meira