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Kansas Lottery Indy 300 Fast Facts: WHAT: Kansas Lottery Indy 300, fourth race in 17-race 2007 season WHERE: Kansas Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt tri-oval WHEN: 4:30 p.m. (ET), Sunday, April 29 DISTANCE: 200 laps/300 miles POSTED...

Kansas Lottery Indy 300 Fast Facts:

WHAT:
Kansas Lottery Indy 300, fourth race in 17-race 2007 season

WHERE:
Kansas Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt tri-oval

WHEN:
4:30 p.m. (ET), Sunday, April 29

DISTANCE:
200 laps/300 miles

POSTED AWARDS:
More than $1 million

CARS:
Dallara chassis; Honda Indy V-8; Firestone tires; 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol

PAST RACE WINNERS:
Sam Hornish Jr. (2006), Tony Kanaan (2005), Buddy Rice (2004), Bryan Herta (2003), Airton Dare (2002), Eddie Cheever (2001)

2006 SERIES CHAMPION:
Sam Hornish Jr.

TV:
Race: ESPN2 (live), 4:30 p.m. (EDT), April 29

RADIO:
Qualifying webcast: 4 p.m. (EDT), April 28, www.indycar.com
Qualifying wrapup: IMS Radio Network, 5:30 p.m. (EDT), April 28
Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 4 p.m. (EDT), April 29
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 4:30 p.m. (EDT), April 29

SCHEDULE (All times local; subject to change):

Saturday, April 28
9 -- 11 a.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
11:20 a.m. -- 1:20 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
3:15 p.m. IndyCar Series Pole Qualifying

Sunday, April 29
3:30 p.m. Kansas Lottery Indy 300 (200 laps/300 miles), ESPN2 (Live)

THE TRACK:
1.5-mile tri-oval
Frontstretch: 2,685 feet banked at 10.4 degrees
Backstretch: 2,207 feet banked at 5 degrees
Width: 55 feet
Turns are banked at 15 degrees

Kansas Speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation. Ground was broken on Kansas Speedway on May 25, 1999, five days before the 83rd Indianapolis 500. The speedway is the largest tourist attraction in the state of Kansas with 80,187 grandstand seats and 68 luxury suites. About 11 million cubic yards of dirt were moved during construction. That is equal to 1 million dump truck loads or enough to fill an NFL stadium five times. To equal the amount of storm pipe used in the speedway, the Sears Tower in Chicago would be laid end to end 45 times.

INDY-STYLE RACING IN KANSAS:

The Kansas City area boasts a racing history which dates to the end of World War II, when military personnel trained in building war planes incorporated their skills into building race cars. Four-time Indianapolis 500 champion A.J. Foyt claimed his first USAC racing victory at a midget race in Kansas City, Mo., in 1957. Major-league open-wheel racing made its debut in the Kansas City area with the opening of Kansas Speedway in 2001. The track played host to its first IndyCar Series event in July 2001 with Eddie Cheever Jr. claiming victory in the inaugural event.

INDYCAR SERIES NOTES:

* Four Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Buddy Rice (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2006).

* Five IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300: Scott Sharp (1996 co-champion), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002, 2006), Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).

* Drivers entered in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 as of April 23 have combined for 75 IndyCar Series victories, 70 pole positions and 1,063 starts.

* The Kansas Lottery Indy 300 will be the seventh IndyCar Series event conducted at Kansas Speedway. Eddie Cheever Jr. was the inaugural winner in 2001. Three of the six previous winners at Kansas are expected to compete in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300: Buddy Rice (2004), Tony Kanaan (2005) and Sam Hornish Jr (2006).

* The Kansas Lottery Indy 300 will be the fourth of six events in 2006 contested on a 1.5-mile track. Winners in 2007 on 1.5-mile tracks: Dan Wheldon (Homestead-Miami Speedway), Helio Castroneves (Twin Ring Motegi and Texas Motor Speedway). Other events on 1.5-mile tracks in 2007 include: Kentucky Speedway (Aug. 13) and Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 10).

-credit: irl

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Scott Sharp , Airton Daré , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis