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Delphi Indy 300 FAST FACTS WHAT: Delphi Indy 300; 12th of 13 races in 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season WHERE: Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5-mile paved tri-oval WHEN: 3 p.m. (CDT) Sunday, Sept. 2 DISTANCE: 300 miles/200...

Delphi Indy 300 FAST FACTS

WHAT:
Delphi Indy 300; 12th of 13 races in 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season

WHERE:
Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5-mile paved tri-oval

WHEN:
3 p.m. (CDT) Sunday, Sept. 2

DISTANCE:
300 miles/200 laps

POSTED AWARDS:
More than $1 million

CARS:
Dallara and G Force chassis; Oldsmobile V8 and Infiniti Indy V8 3.5-liter engines; Firestone tires

2000 RACE WINNER:
Inaugural Indy Racing event at Chicagoland Speedway

CURRENT SERIES POINTS LEADER:
Sam Hornish Jr.

TV:
(Pre-Race)
"Indy Racing 2Day"
ESPN2 (live), 10:30 a.m. (EDT), Sept. 2

(Race)
ABC (live), 4 p.m. (EDT), Sept. 2
Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Larry Rice, Jason Priestley
Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute
Replay: ESPN, 1 p.m. (EDT), Sept. 7

(Qualifying)
ESPN2 (tape-delayed), 2 a.m. (EDT) Sept. 2
Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Larry Rice
Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute, Jason Priestley

RADIO:
(Race)
IMS Radio Network (live), 4 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 2
Pre-race show starts at 3:30 p.m.
Qualifying wrap-up show, 5:30 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 1
Host: Mike King; Analyst: Johnny Parsons Jr.
Announcer: Jerry Baker
Sr. Pit Reporter: Mark Jaynes; Pit reporter: Kim Morris
Area affiliates: WJOL-AM 1340, Joliet, Ill., WAIT-AM 850, Chicago

SCHEDULE (all times local):
(Friday, Aug. 31)
8 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Practice (two groups)
2:30-4 p.m.: Practice (two groups)
4:30 p.m.: Autograph session (Garage Area)

(Saturday, Sept. 1)
8 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens
9-10 a.m.: Practice (two groups)
Noon: MBNA Pole Qualifying

(Sunday, Sept. 2)
8 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens
10:30-11 a.m.: Final practice (All Cars)
2 p.m.: Cars to grid
3 p.m.: Delphi Indy 300 (300 miles/200 laps)

THE TRACK:
1.5-mile paved tri-oval
Frontstraight: 2,400 feet
Backstraight: 1,700 feet
Width: 55 feet
Banking: Frontstraight - 11 degrees
Backstraight - 5 degrees; Turns - 18 degrees

Chicagoland Speedway opened in 2001 and is owned by Raceway Associates, LLC, made up of the combined interests of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, International Speedway Corporations and the founding owners of Route 66 Raceway, LLC. The 75,000-seat facility is located on 930 acres, large enough to accommodate 42 United Centers, the home of the Chicago Blackhawks and Bulls.

THE RACE:
This is the first time the Indy Racing Northern Light Series has competed at Chicagoland Speedway. Next year's race is scheduled for Sept. 8, 2002.

RACE NOTES:

-- Three Indianapolis 500 winners are entered in this event: 1998 champion Eddie Cheever Jr., 1996 champion Buddy Lazier and 1992 and 1994 champion Al Unser Jr.

-- This is the sixth Indy Racing event on a 1.5-mile oval this season. There have been five different winners in the five previous races. The previous winners: Sam Hornish Jr. (Homestead-Miami Speedway); Greg Ray (Atlanta Motor Speedway); Scott Sharp (Texas Motor Speedway); Eddie Cheever Jr. (Kansas Speedway); Buddy Lazier (Kentucky Speedway).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Jason Priestley , Johnny Parsons , Sam Hornish Jr.