IPS: IRL: Watkins Glen: Pre-race notes, schedule

WHAT: IndyCar® Series: Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix Presented by Tissot, fifth race in 14-race 2006 season Indy Pro Series: Corning 100, fifth race in 12-race 2006 season WHERE: Watkins Glen International, 11-turn, 3.37-mile road ...

WHAT:
IndyCar® Series: Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix Presented by Tissot, fifth race in 14-race 2006 season

Indy Pro Series: Corning 100, fifth race in 12-race 2006 season

WHERE: Watkins Glen International, 11-turn, 3.37-mile road course

WHEN:
IndyCar Series: 3:30 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, June 4
Indy Pro Series: 12:30 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, June 4

DISTANCE:
IndyCar Series: 60 laps/204 miles
Indy Pro Series: 29 laps/97.73 miles

POSTED AWARDS:
IndyCar Series: More than $1 million
Indy Pro Series: $275,000

CARS:
IndyCar Series: Dallara and Panoz chassis; Honda Indy V-8; Firestone tires
Indy Pro Series: Dallara chassis; Firestone tires

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS:
IndyCar Series: Scott Dixon (2005)
Indy Pro Series: Marco Andretti (2005)

TV:
IndyCar Series: Race: ABC (live), 3:30 p.m. (EDT), June 4
Indy Pro Series: Race: ESPN2 (tape-delay), 2 p.m. (EDT), June 8

RADIO:
IndyCar Series: Qualifying: IMS Radio Network, live web-cast, noon (EDT) June 3; Wrap-up Show: 3:30 p.m. (EDT)
    Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 3 p.m. (EDT), June 4
    Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 3:30 p.m. (EDT), June 4

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, June 2
9:15 -- 10 a.m. Indy Pro Series practice
10:15 a.m. -- 12:15 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (all cars)
12:30 -- 1 p.m. Indy Pro Series practice
2-3:10 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups determined by morning practice speeds)
3:30 -- 4 p.m. Indy Pro Series practice

Saturday, June 3
8:30-9 a.m. Indy Pro Series SWE Race Car Parts Pole qualifying (All cars, European-style session)
9:45 -- 10:50 a.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups determined by Friday practice speeds)
11:15 a.m. -- Noon Indy Pro Series SWE Race Car Parts Pole qualifying (All cars, European-style session)
12:20 -- 2:05 p.m. Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix Marlboro Pole Qualifying

Sunday, June 4
9 -- 9:10 a.m. Indy Pro Series final practice
9:30 -- 10 a.m. IndyCar Series final practice
12:30 p.m. Corning 100 (29 laps, 97.73 miles)
3:45 p.m. Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix (60 laps/204 miles), ABC & IMS Radio Network (live)

THE TRACK:
3.37-mile road course; 38 feet wide
Mainstraight: 2,150 feet
Backstretch: 2,600 feet
Turns: 11

*Watkins Glen International is operated by International Speedway Corp. The course, which was used by the IndyCar Series for the first time in 2005, has been home to major NASCAR and road racing events, and one of the nation's premier vintage events, the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix.

INDY-STYLE RACING IN WATKINS GLEN:

When Formula 1 visited Watkins Glen in 1961 for the first Watkins Glen U.S. Grand Prix, it was the beginning of what would become a tradition at the circuit each Fall through 1980.

Innes Ireland won the inaugural running, with drivers such as Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt among the winners of the Grand Prix. The circuit was expanded in 1971, as the 1970s brought a wide variety of competition to The Glen, including CART. Financial difficulties led to the Watkins Glen date being dropped from the Formula 1 schedule and as a result, the bankrupt track closed following a CART race in 1981.

The Glen reopened on July 7, 1984, with Al Holbert, Derek Bell and Jim Adams winning the inaugural Camel Continental at the renovated facility.

On Aug. 3, 2004, the Indy Racing League announced it would race on the historic 3.4-mile, 11-turn long-course at Watkins Glen International on Sept. 25, 2005. Scott Dixon claimed the inaugural victory on the circuit.

INDYCAR SERIES NOTES:

* Six Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix: Buddy Lazier (1996), Eddie Cheever Jr. (1998), Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Buddy Rice (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2006).

* Drivers entered in the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix have combined for 78 IndyCar Series victories, 63 pole positions and 898 starts.

* The Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix will be the second IndyCar Series event conducted at Watkins Glen International. Scott Dixon was the inaugural winner in 2005. The Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix is the fifth non-oval event in IndyCar Series history. Previous road and street course winners in the IndyCar Series are: Dan Wheldon (St. Petersburg, 2005), Tony Kanaan (Infineon, 2005), Scott Dixon (Watkins Glen, 2005) and Helio Castroneves (St. Petersburg, 2006).

* Six IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix: Scott Sharp (1996 co-champion), Buddy Lazier (2000), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002), Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).

INDY PRO SERIES NOTES:

* Bussell looks to extend record: Nick Bussell, who ranks third in points, has been running at the finish in 18 consecutive Indy Pro Series races, a series record. He'll look to push the streak to 19 at Watkins Glen. Bussell also leads the series with 14 consecutive top-10 finishes. He's two shy of the record held by 2004 series champion Thiago Medeiros.

* Herb holds consecutive starts lead: Jon Herb is the ironman of the Indy Pro Series. The Corning 100 will be Herb's 21st consecutive race.

* Matos hopes to keep pace with Andretti: Raphael Matos can join elite company this weekend. If he wins the Corning 100, Matos will join Marco Andretti as the only drivers to win their first three Indy Pro Series races.

* Camara holds record for consecutive top-10 starts: Jaime Camara holds the Indy Pro Series record with 17 consecutive top-10 starts. He'll look to extend that streak in qualifying June 2.

* Five race winners in the field: Five winners of Indy Pro Series races are entered in the Corning 100. Jaime Camara (1 win), Wade Cunningham (2), Phil Giebler (1), Jon Herb (1) and Raphael Matos (2) will look to increase their series win totals.

MILESTONES:

* Sam Hornish Jr. earned his 15th IndyCar Series victory at the 90th Indianapolis 500. It also extended his streak of consecutive seasons with at least one victory to six. The record is seven, held by Scott Sharp (1996/97-2003).

* Scott Sharp needs one win to earn his 10th IndyCar Series victory and to tie Dan Wheldon for second place on the IndyCar Series all-time wins list.

* Helio Castroneves needs one win to earn his 10th IndyCar Series victory and to break a tie with Scott Sharp for third on the all-time wins list.

* Marco Andretti would be the youngest winner of a major open-wheel event should he win at Watkins Glen. Scott Dixon was 20 years, 9 months and 14 days when he won a Champ Car event in 2001. Sam Hornish Jr. (21 years, 259 days) was the youngest winner of an IndyCar Series event when he won at Phoenix in 2001.

* Sam Hornish Jr. became the first IndyCar Series driver to surpass $11 million in career earnings with his victory at Indianapolis. He needs $714,145 in earnings to surpass $12 million in his IndyCar Series career.

* Buddy Lazier surpassed $10 million in his IndyCar Series career at the Indianapolis 500.

* Vitor Meira has gone 49 starts without a victory in the IndyCar Series, the longest drought of any IndyCar Series driver.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Jon Herb , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Jackie Stewart , Dan Wheldon , Jim Clark , Niki Lauda , Al Holbert , Buddy Rice , Derek Bell , Emerson Fittipaldi , Jim Adams , Marco Andretti , Nick Bussell , Phil Giebler , Wade Cunningham , Jaime Camara , Graham Hill , James Hunt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Thiago Medeiros , Vitor Meira