IRL: Kentucky: Round 14 preview

FAST FACTS WHAT: IndyCar® Series: Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's, 14th race in 17-race 2007 season WHERE: Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt oval WHEN: IndyCar Series: 6:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday, Aug. 11 DISTANCE: IndyCar...

FAST FACTS

WHAT: IndyCar® Series:
Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's, 14th race in 17-race 2007 season

WHERE: Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt oval

WHEN: IndyCar Series: 6:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday, Aug. 11

DISTANCE: IndyCar Series: 200 laps/300 miles

POSTED AWARDS: IndyCar Series: More than $1 million

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

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS: IndyCar Series: Sam Hornish Jr. (2006), Scott Sharp (2005), Adrian Fernandez (2004), Sam Hornish Jr. (2003), Felipe Giaffone (2002), Buddy Lazier (2000-2001)

2006 SERIES CHAMPIONS: IndyCar Series: Sam Hornish Jr.

TV: IndyCar Series: Race: ESPN2 (live), 6:30 p.m. (ET), Aug. 11
Live streaming video of all practice sessions, AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (6:15 p.m. ET, Aug.10) and the in-car footage of the race also will be available at www.indycar.com.

RADIO: IndyCar Series:
Qualifying: IMS Radio Network, live web-cast, 6 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 10
Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 6 p.m. (EDT), Aug. 11
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 6:30 p.m. (EDT), Aug. 11
Live coverage of AAMCO Pole Qualifying (6 p.m. EDT, Aug. 10) and the race also will be available at www.indycar.com. The race broadcast is also available on XM Satellite Radio channel 145 "IndyCar Racing."

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, Aug. 10
11:30 a.m. -- 1:30 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
2:45 -- 4:45 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
6:15 p.m. IndyCar Series AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (65 minute session)

Saturday, Aug. 11
6:30 p.m. Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's (200 laps/300 miles) ESPN2 & IMS Radio Network (live)

THE TRACK:
1.5-mile asphalt oval; 70 feet wide
Frontstraight: 1,662 feet
Backstraight: 1,600 feet banked at 4 degrees
Turns: 703.92-foot radius banked at 14 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 IndyCar Series event at the track on Aug. 27, 2000.

INDY-STYLE RACING IN KENTUCKY:
Auto racing made its debut in the Cincinnati area in 1916 when John Aitken won the International Sweepstakes, a 300-mile race held on a 2-mile board oval. Louis Chevrolet won the race in 1917, while Joe Boyer won the final race in 1919.

The Cincinnati Race Bowl was a 3/8-mile paved oval opened in 1948. It was later named the Cincinnati Midget Speedway and then Milford Speedway. The site is now an industrial park located in Hamilton Township.

In 2000, the Kentucky Speedway opened in Sparta, Ky., and welcomed the IndyCar® Series for the first time. Buddy Lazier won the inaugural event, the Belterra Casino 300, in 2000 en route to his IndyCar Series championship that season.

INDYCAR SERIES NOTES:

*Five Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Buddy Rice (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005), Sam Hornish Jr. (2006) and Dario Franchitti (2007)

*Five IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's: 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 Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's have combined for 85 IndyCar Series victories, 81 IndyCar Series pole positions and 1,264 IndyCar Series starts.

*In 13 races thus far in 2007, there have been six winners. Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Dan Wheldon are multiple winners. Franchitti won at Indianapolis, Iowa and Richmond. Wheldon won at Homestead-Miami and Kansas, Dixon won at Watkins Glen, Nashville and Mid-Ohio and Kanaan won at Twin Ring Motegi, Milwaukee and Michigan. Other winners in 2007: Helio Castroneves at St. Petersburg, Sam Hornish Jr. at Texas. In those 13 races, 15 drivers have finished in the top five in at least one event.

*The Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's will be the fifth of six events in 2007 contested on a 1.5-mile track. Winners in 2007 on 1.5-mile tracks: Dan Wheldon (Homestead-Miami Speedway and Kansas Speedway), Tony Kanaan (Twin Ring Motegi) and Sam Hornish Jr. (Texas Motor Speedway). The final 1.5-mile track on the schedule is Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 9).

*Scott Sharp and Sam Hornish Jr. are the only former Kentucky winners expected to participate in the Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's. Hornish is the defending race winner and won at Kentucky in 2003. Sharp won in 2005.

MILESTONES:

* Tony Kanaan won his 10th IndyCar Series race at Michigan International Speedway, giving him sole possession of fourth on the IndyCar Series all-time victory list.

* Tony Kanaan's win at Michigan International Speedway was Andretti Green Racing's 29th IndyCar Series victory -- extending its record as the series' winningest team.

* Scott Dixon failed to finish an IndyCar Series race for the first time since Chicagoland in September 2005, a span of 28 races, an IndyCar Series record.

* Helio Castroneves has qualified in the top-10 in 29 consecutive races, an IndyCar Series record.

* Scott Sharp and Scott Dixon need one win to earn their 10th IndyCar Series victory.

* Scott Sharp can extend his series record for consecutive starts to 135 straight races at Kentucky Speedway

* Vitor Meira has gone 72 starts without a victory in the IndyCar Series, the longest drought of any IndyCar Series driver.

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The next IndyCar Series event is the Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's at 6:30 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 11 at Kentucky Speedway. The race will be televised live by ESPN2 and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. The next Indy Pro Series event is the Kentucky 100 on Aug.11 at Kentucky Speedway. The race will be broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 by ESPN2.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornish Jr. , Vitor Meira