IRL: Kansas: Pre-race notes, schedule

Kansas Indy 300, eighth race in 16-race 2003 season Aventis Racing For Kids 100, fifth race in 12-race 2003 season Kansas Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt tri-oval IndyCar Series: Noon (CDT), Sunday, July 6 Infiniti Pro Series: 10:10 a.m. (CDT), ...

Kansas Indy 300, eighth race in 16-race 2003 season
Aventis Racing For Kids 100, fifth race in 12-race 2003 season
Kansas Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt tri-oval

IndyCar Series:
Noon (CDT), Sunday, July 6

Infiniti Pro Series:
10:10 a.m. (CDT), Sunday, July 6

TV:
IndyCar Series:
Pre-race: ESPN2 (live), "Indy Racing 2Day," noon (EDT), July 6
Race: ABC (live), 1 p.m. (EDT), July 6

Infiniti Pro Series:
Highlights: ESPN2, 7 p.m. (EDT), July 6

RADIO:
IndyCar Series:
Qualifying wrap-up show: IMS Radio Network, 5:30 p.m. (EDT), June 5
Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 12:30 p.m. (EDT), June 6
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 1 p.m. (EDT), June 6
Area affiliate: WHB-AM 810, Independence, Mo.

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, July 4 8 a.m. IndyCar Series and Infiniti Pro Series garages open 9:30-10 a.m. Infiniti Pro Series practice 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups) 2:15-2:45 p.m. Infiniti Pro Series practice 4:15-5:45 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)

Saturday, July 5 7 a.m. IndyCar Series, Infiniti Pro Series garages open 9-10 a.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups) 10:15-10:45 a.m. Infiniti Pro Series practice 11 a.m. IndyCar Series MBNA Pole Qualifying 3:15-4:15 p.m. Infiniti Pro Series qualifying 4:15-4:45 p.m. Final IndyCar Series practice session (all cars) 5-5:20 p.m. Final Infiniti Pro Series practice session 5:30 p.m. Autograph session

Sunday, July 6 7 a.m. IndyCar Series garage opens 9:30 a.m. Grid Infiniti Pro Series cars 10:10 a.m. Aventis Racing For Kids 100 (67 laps/100 miles) ESPN2 (7 p.m. EDT; taped) 11:15 a.m. Grid IndyCar Series cars Noon: Kansas Indy 300 (200 laps/300 miles), ABC-TV & IMS Radio Network (live)

THE TRACK:
1.5-mile asphalt tri-oval
Frontstretch: 2,685 feet banked at 10.4 degrees
Backstretch: 2,207 feet banked at 5 degrees
Turns: 1,697 feet banked at 15 degrees
Width: 55 feet

-- 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.

RACE NOTES:

IndyCar Series:

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

-- Five IRL IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the Kansas 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 SunTrust Indy Challenge. Foyt won the inaugural event in Infiniti Pro Series history in July 2002 at Kansas.

-- Drivers entered in the Kansas Indy 300 will comprise the deepest field ever entered in an IndyCar Series event at Kansas Speedway. Drivers have combined for 105 IRL or CART wins and 76 pole positions.

-- The Kansas Indy 300 will be the fourth of seventh 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). Other events on 1.5-mile tracks in 2003 include: Kentucky Speedway (Aug. 17), Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 7), Texas Motor Speedway (Oct. 12).

-- Sixteen IRL IndyCar Series events on 1.5-mile tracks have had a finish of less than one second. The two IndyCar Series events at Kansas Speedway are the 12th and 13th closest finishes in series history. In 2002 Airton Dare defeated Sam Hornish Jr. by .1741 of a second, while in 2001, Eddie Cheever Jr. defeated Hornish by .1976 of a second.

Infiniti Pro Series:

-- The Aventis Racing For Kids 100 is the second Infiniti Pro Series race at Kansas Speedway. A.J. Foyt IV, who now drives in the IRL IndyCar Series, won the event in 2002.

-- On July 7, 2002, Kansas Speedway was the site of the first Infiniti Pro Series race ever conducted. The Aventis Racing For Kids 100 marks the one-year anniversary of the series.

-- Drivers with Infiniti Pro Series victories expected to participate at Kansas include: Cory Witherill (Nashville 2002), Aaron Fike (Chicagoland 2002, Pikes Peak 2003), Mark Taylor (Homestead-Miami, Phoenix 2003), Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis 2003). Arie Luyendyk Jr., who finished second in the 2002 championship, also is expected to race.

-- Kansas Speedway is the second of five 1.5-mile ovals that the Infiniti Pro Series will compete on in 2003. Mark Taylor won March 2 on the 1.5-mile oval at Homestead-Miami.

SERIES NOTES:

IndyCar Series:

-- The four 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 Bombardier 500 on June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway where Al Unser Jr. defeated Tony Kanaan by .0810 of a second, the eighth-closest finish in IRL IndyCar Series history. The Texas race was the 31st time that an IndyCar Series event had a margin of victory of less than a second.

-- In seven races thus far in 2003, there have been five different winners. Scott Dixon is the only multiple winner, having won at Homestead-Miami, Pikes Peak and Richmond. Other winners in 2003: Tony Kanaan at Phoenix, Scott Sharp at Motegi, Gil de Ferran at Indianapolis and Al Unser Jr. at Texas. In those seven races, 14 different drivers have finished in the top five in at least one event.

-- Scott Dixon led all 206 laps of the rain-shortened SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 28 at Richmond International Raceway. It marked the first time in the history of the IRL IndyCar Series that a driver has led every lap of the race. Dixon also set an IndyCar Series record for most consecutive laps led over two races. Dixon led the last 84 laps June 15 at Pikes Peak and all 206 laps at Richmond, 290 straight laps.

-- Buddy Rice has been running at the finish in all 12 of his career IRL IndyCar Series starts, dating back to his debut in July 2002 at Michigan. Sam Hornish Jr. holds the record for most consecutive races running at the finish with 18.

-- 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. Castroneves earned his third victory in his seventh start.

Infiniti Pro Series:

-- The second season of Infiniti Pro Series competition consists of 12 races that take place at the same tracks as IRL IndyCar Series events.

-- Ed Carpenter won the historic Freedom 100 on May 18 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway driving for A.J. Foyt Racing. The race marked the first time that another automobile race other than the Indianapolis 500 had been conducted on the 2.5-mile oval during the month of May.

-- Rookie Mark Taylor won the season-opening Western Union 100 on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Phoenix 100 at Phoenix International Raceway, driving for Panther Racing. Panther Racing won the IndyCar Series championship in 2001-02 with Sam Hornish Jr.

-- Short-track standout Aaron Fike scored his second Infiniti Pro Series victory June 14 at Pikes Peak. He also won in 2002 at Chicagoland.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Taylor , Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Airton Daré , Cory Witherill , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , A.J. Foyt IV , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Buddy Rice , Aaron Fike , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Ed Carpenter , Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Teams Panther Racing