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Belterra Casino Indy 300 FAST FACTS WHAT: Belterra Casino Indy 300; 10th of 13 races in 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season WHERE: Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile paved tri-oval WHEN: 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Aug. 12 DISTANCE: 300 ...

Belterra Casino Indy 300 FAST FACTS

WHAT:
Belterra Casino Indy 300; 10th of 13 races in 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season

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

WHEN:
1:30 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Aug. 12

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:
Buddy Lazier

CURRENT SERIES POINTS LEADER:
Sam Hornish Jr.

TV:

(Pre-Race)
"Indy Racing 2Day" ESPN2 (live), 11 a.m. (EDT), Aug. 12

(Race)
ABC (live), 1:30 p.m. (EDT), Aug. 12
Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Larry Rice, Jason Priestley
Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute
Replay: ESPN, 3 a.m. (EDT), Aug. 17

(Qualifying)
ESPN2 (tape-delayed), midnight (EDT) Aug. 11
Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Larry Rice
Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute, Jason Priestley

RADIO:

(Race)
IMS Radio Network (live), 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 12
Pre-race show starts at 1 p.m.
Qualifying wrap-up show, 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 11
Host: Mike King; Analyst: Johnny Parsons Jr.
Announcer: Jerry Baker
Sr. Pit Reporter: Mark Jaynes; Pit reporter: Kim Morris
Area affiliate: WCKY-AM 1360

SCHEDULE (all times local):

(Friday, Aug. 10)

8 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens 10-11:30 a.m.: Practice (two groups) 2-3:30 p.m.: Practice (two groups)

(Saturday, Aug. 11)

8 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens 9-10 a.m.: Practice (two groups) Noon: MBNA Pole Qualifying 4-4:30 p.m.: Final practice (all cars)

(Sunday, Aug. 12)

8 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens 10 a.m.-noon: IRL Fan Brunch (garage area) 12:30 p.m.: Cars to grid 1:30 p.m.: Belterra Casino Indy 300 (300 miles/200 laps)

THE TRACK:
1.5-mile paved tri-oval
Frontstraight: 1,662 feet
Backstraight: 1,600 feet
Turns: 703.92 foot radius
Width: 70 feet
Banking: Turns - 14 degrees; Backstraight - 4 degrees;

Ground was broken on Kentucky Speedway on July 18, 1998.The speedway has 70,000 permanent seats and 50 luxury suites. Buddy Lazier won the inaugural Indy Racing event at the track on Aug. 27, 2000.

THE RACE:

** This is the second time the Indy Racing Northern Light Series has competed at Kentucky Speedway. Next year's race is scheduled for Aug. 11, 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.

** Two Indy Racing rookies are confirmed to participate in the Belterra Casino Indy 300: Felipe Giaffone (Treadway-Hubbard Racing) and Didier André (Galles Racing).

SERIES NOTES:

** At 21, Sam Hornish Jr. became the youngest driver to win an Indy Racing League event with his victory at the season opener March 18 in Phoenix. He followed that with a win at Homestead-Miami on April 8 and is one of five drivers in Indy Racing history to win consecutive races.

** Sam Hornish Jr.'s consecutive victories at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami, coupled with Buddy Lazier's back-to-back wins at Pikes Peak and Richmond, Va., mark the first time in Indy Racing history that two drivers have won consecutive races in the same season.

** The Indy Racing Northern Light Series consists of a record 13 races this year between mid-March and late September. Six new markets are playing host to Indy Racing events in 2001: Chicago, Miami, St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., Nashville, Tenn., and Richmond, Va.

** The 2002 Indy Racing Northern Light Series schedule will have the largest number of events in Indy Racing history, with 14 races between March and mid-September. Michigan International Speedway and Nazareth Speedway have been added as new venues, and the June race at Fort Worth, Texas, and events at Richmond, Va., and Nashville, Tenn., will be at night.

** The Indy Racing League will not award qualifying points this year in an effort to discourage teams from building fragile but fast qualifying engines that provide an advantage over those teams lacking the budget to build the costly extra engines.

** Sarah Fisher's second-place finish on April 8 at Homestead-Miami was her career best and the best by a woman in the history of Indy-style racing. Fisher also started second at the SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 30 at Richmond, Va., a career best and the best by a woman in the history of Indy-style racing.

** Rookie Felipe Giaffone is dominating the series Rookie of the Year point standings. Giaffone has 241 points and is fourth in Northern Light Series points. The next-highest rookie in the standings, Didier Andre, has 119 points and is 19th overall.

** Buddy Lazier's victory July 21 at Nashville, Tenn., was his seventh career Indy Racing League victory, the most of any driver in league history. It was also his third victory in the last four races.

** Buddy Lazier's three victories in 2001 tie an Indy Racing League record for victories in a season. Kenny Brack won three races in 1998; Greg Ray won three in 1999. Both won the series championship in those respective years.

** Buddy Lazier set an Indy Racing record July 21 at Nashville, Tenn., by leading his 22nd career Northern Light Series event.

** Buddy Lazier set an Indy Racing record July 21 at Nashville, Tenn., by finishing in the top-five for the fifth consecutive time.

** Twice this year a driver has led the first lap of an Indy Racing event after starting in the second row. On June 30 at Richmond, Va., Buddy Lazier took the lead on Lap 1 after starting fourth. Eliseo Salazar led the first lap July 8 at Kansas City, Kan., after starting third. Prior to the Richmond race, no driver ever had led the opening lap without starting in the front row.

** Greg Ray has won 13 career MBNA Poles, a series record. He has four poles in 2001 with his most recent pole coming July 20 at Nashville, Tenn. He has started in the top four in 24 of the last 28 Indy Racing events in which he has competed.

** Buzz Calkins has the longest active streak in Indy Racing of running at the finish, running in the last 11 consecutive races dating back to August 2000 at Kentucky Speedway. His best finish in that span is third on April 28 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He has been running at the finish in 15 of the last 16 Indy Racing events.

** Buzz Calkins, Felipe Giaffone and Sam Hornish Jr. are the only drivers to be running at the finish of all nine Indy Racing events this season.

** Eddie Cheever Jr. and Buddy Lazier have started in 50 consecutive Indy Racing Northern Light Series events, a league record. Davey Hamilton started 48 consecutive races from the inaugural Indy Racing event in 1996 until the Casino Magic 500 on June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway, where he suffered serious leg and foot injuries. Cheever and Lazier also share the record for competing in the most Indy Racing events with 51.

-IRNLS/IMS-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buzz Calkins , Sarah Fisher , Greg Ray , Felipe Giaffone , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Didier André , Kenny Brack , Jason Priestley , Johnny Parsons , Sam Hornish Jr.