IPS: IRL: Chicagoland: Pre-race notes, schedule

WHAT: IndyCarTM Series: Delphi Indy 300, 14th race in 16-race 2003 season Infiniti Pro Series: Chicagoland 100, 10th race in 12-race 2003 season WHERE: Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt D-shaped tri-oval WHEN: IndyCar Series: 1...

WHAT:

IndyCarTM Series:
Delphi Indy 300, 14th race in 16-race 2003 season

Infiniti Pro Series:
Chicagoland 100, 10th race in 12-race 2003 season

WHERE:

Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt D-shaped tri-oval

WHEN:

IndyCar Series:
1 p.m. (CDT), Sunday, Sept. 7

Infiniti Pro Series:
3:15 p.m. (CDT), Saturday, Sept. 6

DISTANCE:

IndyCar Series:
200 laps/300 miles

Infiniti Pro Series:
67 laps/100 miles

TV:

IndyCar Series:
Pre-race: ESPN2 (live), "Indy Racing 2Day,"noon (EDT), Sept. 7
Race: ABC (live), 2 p.m. (EDT), Sept. 7

Infiniti Pro Series:
Highlights: ESPN2, 4 p.m. (EDT), Sept. 11

RADIO:

IndyCar Series:
Qualifying wrap-up show: IMS Radio Network, 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 6
Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 1:30 p.m. (EDT), Sept. 7
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 2 p.m. (EDT), Sept. 7 Area affiliates: WJOL-AM 1340, Joliet, Ill.

Live coverage of MBNA Pole Qualifying (5:30 p.m. EDT, Sept. 6) and the race broadcast also will be available at www.indyracing.com

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, Sept. 5
10-10:45 a.m. - Infiniti Pro Series practice
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
1:45-2:30 p.m. - Infiniti Pro Series practice
2:30-4 p.m. - IndyCar Series practice
4:15 p.m. - Infiniti Pro Series qualifying

Saturday, Sept. 6
9:30-10:30 a.m. - IndyCar Series practice
10:45-11:15 a.m. - Final Infiniti Pro Series practice
3:15 p.m. - Chicagoland 100 (67 laps/100 miles), ESPN2 (4 p.m., 9/11)
4:30 p.m. - IndyCar Series MBNA Pole Qualifying

Sunday, Sept. 7
8:45-9:15 a.m. - Final IndyCar Series practice
1 p.m. - Delphi Indy 300 (200 laps/300 miles), ABC-TV & IMS Radio Network (live)

THE TRACK:
1.5-mile D-shaped asphalt oval; 75 feet wide
Frontstraight: 2,400 feet banked at 11 degrees
Backstraight: 1,700 feet banked at 5 degrees
Turns: Banked at 18 degrees
Width: 55 feet

* Chicagoland Speedway opened in 2001 and is owned by Raceway Associates, LLC, made up of interests from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, International Speedway Corp. and Route 66 Raceway.

* The driver starting from the MBNA Pole has won both IndyCar Series events at Chicagoland Speedway. Jaques Lazier won in 2001, and Sam Hornish Jr. won in 2002.

INDYCAR SERIES NOTES:

* Five Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Delphi Indy 300: Al Unser Jr. (1992, 1994), Buddy Lazier (1996), Kenny Brack (1999), Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002) and Gil de Ferran (2003).

* Drivers entered in the Delphi Indy 300 have combined for 111 IRL or CART victories, 94 pole positions and 1,686 starts.

* Five IRL IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the Delphi Indy 300: Scott Sharp (1996 co-champion), Kenny Brack (1998), Greg Ray (1999), Buddy Lazier (2000) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002). A.J. Foyt IV, the 2002 Infiniti Pro Series champion and grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, also will participate in the Delphi Indy 300.

* The Delphi Indy 300 will be the sixth of seven events in 2003 contested on a 1.5-mile track. Winners in 2003 on 1.5-mile tracks: Scott Dixon (Homestead-Miami Speedway), Scott Sharp (Twin Ring Motegi), Al Unser Jr. (Texas Motor Speedway), Bryan Herta (Kansas Speedway), Sam Hornish Jr. (Kentucky Speedway). The final 1.5-mile track on the schedule is Texas Motor Speedway (Oct. 12).

* Sam Hornish Jr. won the 2002 Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. He defeated Al Unser Jr. by .0024 of a second in the closest finish in IRL IndyCar Series history. The top 10 cars were separated by just .9387 of a second at the finish.

* Seven of the nine events in the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series season that have finished under green have featured a margin of victory of less than one second, including the Firestone Indy 400 on July 27 at Michigan International Speedway. Alex Barron defeated Sam Hornish Jr. at Michigan by .0121 of a second, the fourth-closest finish in IRL IndyCar Series history. A total of 34 IndyCar Series events have had a margin of victory of less than a second.

* In 13 races thus far in 2003, there have been nine different winners, tying the record set in 1996-97 and 2002. Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran are the only multiple winners. Dixon won at Homestead-Miami, Pikes Peak and Richmond, de Ferran won at Indianapolis and Nashville, and Castroneves won at Gateway and Nazareth. Other winners in 2003: Tony Kanaan (Phoenix), Scott Sharp (Motegi), Al Unser Jr. (Texas), Bryan Herta (Kansas), Alex Barron (Michigan) and Sam Hornish Jr. (Kentucky). In those 13 races, 16 different drivers have finished in the top five in at least one event.

* Scott Dixon became the first driver in IRL IndyCar Series history to lead consecutive laps throughout three consecutive races. He led the last 84 laps June 15 en route to a victory at Pikes Peak and led all 206 laps of the rain-shortened SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 28 at Richmond. He then led the first 53 laps on July 7 at Kansas for a total of 343 consecutive laps led.

* Scott Dixon earned his third career IRL IndyCar Series victory June 28 at Richmond in only his seventh series start, tying the record set by Helio Castroneves at the 2002 Indianapolis 500.

* The average speed for the Belterra Casino Indy 300 Aug. 17 at Kentucky was 197.897 mph, the fastest average speed in the history of the IRL IndyCar Series. The previous record was 180.917 mph set when Alex Barron won the July 27 race at Michigan International Speedway.

* Sam Hornish Jr. set an IndyCar Series record at Kentucky by earning his ninth career victory.

* Scott Dixon won his fifth MBNA Pole of the season at Nazareth and joined Billy Boat and Greg Ray as the only drivers to win five poles in a season. Boat won six poles in 1998, and Ray won five poles in 2000. Dixon has won five MBNA Poles in just 13 races. He ties Boat for least number of races to obtain five poles.

* The top nine drivers in the IndyCar Series point standings are still eligible for the championship. Three races remain: Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 7), California Speedway (Sept. 21), Texas Motor Speedway (Oct. 12).

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Greg Ray , Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Billy Boat , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , A.J. Foyt IV , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Alex Barron , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Jaques Lazier