IRL: Mid-Ohio: Round 12 preview

WHAT: IndyCar® Series: Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance, 12th race in 17-race 2007 season WHERE: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course WHEN: IndyCar Series: 1:30 p.m. (ET), Sunday, July ...

WHAT: IndyCar® Series: Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance, 12th race in 17-race 2007 season

WHERE: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course

WHEN: IndyCar Series: 1:30 p.m. (ET), Sunday, July 22

DISTANCE: IndyCar Series: 85 laps/191.25 miles

POSTED AWARDS: IndyCar Series: More than $1 million

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

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS: IndyCar Series: Inaugural event

2006 SERIES CHAMPIONS: IndyCar Series: Sam Hornish Jr.

TV: IndyCar Series: Race: ABC (live), 1:30 p.m. (ET), July 22

RADIO:
IndyCar Series: Qualifying: IMS Radio Network, live web-cast, 11:35 a.m. (ET) July 21
Qualifying wrap up: IMS Radio Network, 3:30 p.m.
Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 1 p.m. (ET), July 22
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 1:30 p.m. (ET), July 22

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, July 20
9:30 -- 11 a.m. IndyCar Series practice#1 (all cars)
3 -- 4 p.m. IndyCar Series practice #2 (two groups)

Saturday, July 21
9 -- 10 a.m. IndyCar Series practice #3 (two groups)
11:50 a.m. -- 1:20 p.m. IndyCar Series AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (single-car, single lap followed by Firestone Fast Six shootout)

Sunday, July 22
9:50 -- 10:20 a.m. IndyCar Series warmup
1:30 p.m. Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance (85 laps/191.25 miles) ABC (Live)

THE TRACK:
2.258-mile permanent road course; with a minimum width of 40 feet.
Mainstraight: 1,200 feet
Backstretch: 3,000 feet
Turns: 13

INDY CAR RACING IN OHIO:
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has been called the one of the most competitive circuits in the U.S. and annually hosts a diversity of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional riders and drivers, including the IndyCar Series.

Johnny Rutherford won the first Indy car race on the picturesque Mid-Ohio course in 1980, with Al Unser starting from the pole. IndyCar Series team owners Bobby Rahal (1985, '86) and Michael Andretti (1990, '90) have won Indy-style races at Mid-Ohio. Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Jr. won in 1994 and '95, while 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti took the checkers in 1984.

INDYCAR SERIES NOTES:

* Five Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance: 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 Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance: 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 Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance have combined for 83 IndyCar Series victories, 79 IndyCar Series pole positions and 1,221 IndyCar Series starts.

* The Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance is the third of five road/street course races in the 2007 season. Other events in 2007 that have taken place on road and street courses include the April 1 event on the Streets of St. Petersburg won by Helio Castroneves and the July 8 event at Watkins Glen International won by Scott Dixon. The IndyCar Series will also race at the permanent road course at Infineon Raceway (Aug. 26) and the temporary street course at the Raceway at Belle Isle (Sept. 2).

* In 11 races thus far in 2007, there have been six winners. Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Dan Wheldon are the only multiple winners. Franchitti won at Indianapolis, Iowa and Richmond. Wheldon won at Homestead-Miami and Kansas, Dixon won at Watkins Glen and Nashville and Kanaan won at Twin Ring Motegi and Milwaukee. Other winners in 2007: Helio Castroneves at St. Petersburg, Sam Hornish Jr. at Texas. In those 11 races, 14 drivers have finished in the top five in at least one event.

-credit: irl

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Bobby Rahal , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Mario Andretti , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornish Jr. , Johnny Rutherford , Al Unser