IRL: Milwaukee: Round six preview

FAST FACTS WHAT: IndyCar® Series: ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 presented by Time Warner Cable, 6th race in 17-race 2006 season. WHERE: The Milwaukee Mile, 1-mile asphalt oval WHEN: IndyCar Series: 4 p.m. (ET), Sunday, June ...

FAST FACTS

WHAT:
IndyCar® Series:
ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 presented by Time Warner Cable, 6th race in 17-race 2006 season.

WHERE:
The Milwaukee Mile, 1-mile asphalt oval

WHEN:
IndyCar Series: 4 p.m. (ET), Sunday, June 3

DISTANCE:
IndyCar Series: 225 laps/225 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: Tony Kanaan (2006), Sam Hornish Jr. (2005), Dario Franchitti (2004).

2006 SERIES CHAMPIONS:
IndyCar Series: Sam Hornish Jr.

TV:
IndyCar Series: Race: ABC (live), 4 p.m. (ET), June 3

Note: Live streaming video coverage of AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (3:45 p.m., (ET) June 2) is available at www.indycar.com

RADIO:
IndyCar Series: Qualifying wrapup: IMS Radio Network, 5:30 p.m. (ET), June 2,
Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 3:30 p.m. (ET), June 3
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 4 p.m. (EDT), June 3

Live coverage of AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (3:30 p.m. ET, June 2) and the race also will be available at www.indycar.com. The race broadcast is also available on XM Satellite Radio channel 144 "XM Sports Nation" and XM channel 145 "IndyCar Racing"

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Saturday, June 2
9:10 -- 11:10 a.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
12:30 -- 2:30 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
3:45 p.m. IndyCar Series AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying

Sunday, June 3
9:30 -- 10:30 a.m. Autograph session
3 p.m. ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 (225 laps/225 miles) ABC & IMS Radio Network (live)

THE TRACK:
1-mile oval
Frontstretch: 1,265 feet banked at 2.5 degrees
Backstretch: 1,265 feet banked at 2.5 degrees
Turns: Banked at 9.25 degrees
Width: 70 feet

* Located on land that was originally a horse farm, The Milwaukee Mile was used for training and racing thoroughbreds. Now used for car racing, the historic track is one of the flattest on the circuit.

INDY CAR RACING IN MILWAUKEE:
The first auto race held at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds, site of the Milwaukee Mile, took place in 1903. Indy car racing in Wisconsin dates to 1911, when 10 of the 40 starters in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 raced at the Milwaukee Mile in a pair of races on the dirt oval.

Wilbur Shaw won when the Indy cars returned to the dirt oval in 1933, the first of four races held at Milwaukee before World War II. Open-wheel racing returned to the track in 1948. In 1963, the first rear-engined car, a Lotus-Ford driven by Jim Clark, won at Milwaukee, and the following year, A.J. Foyt claimed the final win for a front-engine roadster. In 1982, Indy-style cars debuted at Road America, a 4.3-mile road course 60 miles north of Milwaukee, in a race won by Hector Rebaque.

The IndyCar Series debuted at Milwaukee in 2004, with Dario Franchitti winning the first A.J. Foyt Indy 225.

INDYCAR SERIES NOTES:

* Five Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225: 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 ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225: 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 ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 have combined for 77 IndyCar Series victories, 74 IndyCar Series pole positions and 1,106 IndyCar Series starts.

* The ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 is the first of three short-oval races this season. Other events in 2007 that will take place on short ovals include the June 24 event at Iowa Speedway and the June 30 race at Richmond International Raceway.

* The ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Indy will be the 140th IndyCar Series event since the series' inaugural race in 1996. In the 129 previous events, 25,775 laps of competition have been completed.

* In five races thus far in 2007, there have been four winners. Dan Wheldon is the only multiple winner. Wheldon won Homestead-Miami and Kansas. Other winners in 2007: Helio Castroneves at St. Petersburg, Tony Kanaan at Twin Ring Motegi and Dario Franchitti at Indianapolis. In those five races, 10 drivers have finished in the top five in at least one event.

-credit: irl

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