IPS: IRL: Gateway: Pre-race notes and schedule

Indy Racing League: Gateway Indy 250 13th race in 15-race 2002 season 2 p.m. (CDT), Sunday, Aug. 25 Infiniti Pro Series: 200 laps/250 miles Gateway 100 fifth race in seven-race 2002 season 11 a.m. (CDT), Sunday, Aug. 25 80 laps/100 ...

Indy Racing League:
Gateway Indy 250
13th race in 15-race 2002 season
2 p.m. (CDT), Sunday, Aug. 25
Infiniti Pro Series:
200 laps/250 miles


Gateway 100
fifth race in seven-race 2002 season
11 a.m. (CDT), Sunday, Aug. 25
80 laps/100 miles

TV:
Indy Racing League:
Pre-race: ESPN2 (live), "Indy Racing 2Day," Noon (EDT), Aug. 25
Race: ESPN (live), 3 p.m. (EDT), Aug. 25

Infiniti Pro Series:
Highlights: ESPN2, 6 p.m. (EDT), Sept. 19

SCHEDULE (all times local):
Saturday, Aug. 24
9:15-9:45 a.m. Infiniti Pro Series practice
10-11:30 a.m. Indy Racing League practice (two groups)
Noon-12:30 p.m. Infiniti Pro Series practice
12:45-2:15 p.m. Indy Racing League practice (two groups)
2:30 p.m. Infiniti Pro Series qualifying
3:45 p.m. Indy Racing League MBNA Pole Qualifying
5-5:30 p.m. Final Infiniti Pro Series practice

Sunday, Aug. 25
9:30-10 a.m. Final Indy Racing League practice (all cars)
11 a.m. Gateway 100 Infiniti Pro Series race (80 laps/100 miles)
2 p.m. Gateway Indy 250 IRL race (200 laps/250 miles) ESPN (live)

RACE NOTES:

Indy Racing League:
our Indianapolis 500 champions are entered for this event: Al Unser Jr. (1992, 1994), Buddy Lazier (1996), Eddie Cheever Jr. (1998) and Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002).

Marlboro Team Penske will make its first appearance at Gateway International Raceway as full-time competitors in the Indy Racing League. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and two-time CART champion Gil de Ferran drive for the team, owned by the legendary Roger Penske. Marlboro Team Penske won the first event conducted at Gateway International Raceway when Paul Tracy captured a CART event in 1997.

This is the only 1.25-mile track on which the Indy Racing League competes.

Infiniti Pro Series:
This event will mark the first time that Infiniti Pro Series has competed on a 1.25-mile track.

The first Infiniti Pro Series Open Test took place on June 22, 2002, at Gateway International Raceway.

SERIES NOTES: Indy Racing League:

The Indy Racing League consists of a record 15 races this year between early-March and mid-September, including three new venues, California Speedway (won by Sam Hornish Jr.), Michigan International Speedway (won by Tomas Scheckter) and Nazareth Speedway (won by Scott Sharp).

Jeff Ward's margin of victory of .0111 of a second over Al Unser Jr. on June 8 at Texas Motor Speedway is the closest finish in Indy Racing history. Sam Hornish Jr.'s margin of victory of .0281 of a second over Jaques Lazier on March 24 at California Speedway is the third-closest finish in league history. Six of the 12 races this season have been decided by less than one-half of a second.

Felipe Giaffone won the Belterra Casino Indy 300 Aug. 11 at Kentucky Speedway, becoming the ninth different winner in Indy Racing League competition in 2002. This ties the record set in the 1996-97 season for most the most drivers to score a victory in one season. Giaffone also became the sixth different driver to score his first Indy Racing League win in 2002. There have been six first-time winners in the last seven IRL races.

Sarah Fisher, 21, became the first woman to win the pole position for a major-league open-wheel race in North American motorsports history, capturing the MBNA Pole on Aug. 10 for the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.There were an Indy Racing League-record 13 cars running on the lead lap at the end of the Belterra Casino Indy 300 Aug. 11 at Kentucky Speedway. The previous record was 11, which was done at Nazareth, Indianapolis and Michigan, all in 2002. Marlboro Team Penske teammates Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves are the only drivers who have been running at the finish of every Indy Racing League event this year.

Infiniti Pro Series:
Plans for the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series were announced Aug. 31, 2001. The first race took place July 7, 2002, at Kansas Speedway, just 310 days after that announcement.

A.J. Foyt IV, grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, led 63 of 67 laps en route to winning the inaugural Infiniti Pro Series event July 7 at Kansas Speedway. Foyt has also won at Michigan and Kentucky, capturing three of the four Infiniti Pro Series events this season. Cory Witherill won at Nashville.

In addition to Foyt, Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, participates in the Infiniti Pro Series.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Sarah Fisher , Felipe Giaffone , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Jeff Ward , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Cory Witherill , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , A.J. Foyt IV , Paul Tracy , Roger Penske , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Jaques Lazier , Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Teams Team Penske