IRL: Milwaukee: Round ten preview

FAST FACTS WHAT: IndyCar® Series: ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Indy 225, 10th race in 14-race 2006 season. WHERE: The Milwaukee Mile, 1-mile asphalt oval WHEN: IndyCar Series: 1:45 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, July 23 DISTANCE: IndyCar Series: 225 ...

FAST FACTS

WHAT:
IndyCar® Series: ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Indy 225, 10th race in 14-race 2006 season.

WHERE:
The Milwaukee Mile, 1-mile asphalt oval

WHEN:
IndyCar Series: 1:45 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, July 23

DISTANCE:
IndyCar Series: 225 laps/225 miles

POSTED AWARDS:
IndyCar Series: More than $1 million

CARS:
IndyCar Series: Dallara and Panoz chassis; Honda Indy V-8; Firestone tires

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS:
IndyCar Series: Sam Hornish Jr. (2005), Dario Franchitti (2004).

2005 SERIES CHAMPIONS:
IndyCar Series: Dan Wheldon

TV:
IndyCar Series: Race: ESPN (live), 1:30 p.m. (EDT), July 23

RADIO:
IndyCar Series: Qualifying: IMS Radio Network, live web-cast 1 p.m. (EDT) July 22
Qualifying wrapup: IMS Radio Network ,4:30 p.m. (EDT), July 22,

Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 1 p.m. (EDT), July 23
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 1:45 p.m. (EDT), July 23
    Area affiliates: WAUK-AM 1510, Waukesha, Wis.

Live coverage of Marlboro Pole Qualifying (4:45 p.m. EDT, July 22) and the race also will be available at www.indycar.com. The race broadcast is also available on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 "Extreme XM."

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, July 21
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
3-4:30 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)

Saturday, July 22
10:30 -- 11:30 a.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
12:15 p.m. IndyCar Series Marlboro Pole Qualifying
5-5:30 p.m. Final IndyCar Series practice
6:15 -- 7:15 p.m. Autograph session

Sunday, July 23
12:45 p.m. ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Indy 225 (225 laps/225 miles) ESPN & 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-STYLE RACING IN MILWAUKEE:

The first auto race held at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds, site of the Milwaukee Mile, took place in 1903. Indy-style 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-style 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 IRL IndyCar Series debuted at Milwaukee in 2004, with Dario Franchitti winning the Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225.

INDYCAR SERIES NOTES:

* Four Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Indy 225: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Buddy Rice (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2006).

* Five IRL IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Indy 225: Scott Sharp (1996 co-champion), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002), Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).

* Drivers entered in the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Indy 225 have combined for 71 IndyCar Series victories, 67 IndyCar Series pole positions and 890 IndyCar Series starts.

* The ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Indy 225 is the second and final short-oval race of the season. Other events in 2006 that have taken place on short ovals include the June 24 event at Richmond International Raceway won by Sam Hornish Jr.

* The ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Indy 225 will be the 130th IRL IndyCar Series event since the series' inaugural race in 1996. In the 129 previous events, 25,775 laps of competition have been completed.

* In nine races thus far in 2006, there have been four winners. Sam Hornish Jr., Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves are the only multiple winners. Hornish won at Indianapolis, Richmond and Kansas, Castroneves won at St. Petersburg, Motegi and Texas and Dixon won at Watkins Glen and Nashville. Dan Wheldon won at Homestead-Miami. In those eight races, 15 drivers have finished in the top five in at least one event.

MILESTONES:

* Scott Dixon earned his sixth IndyCar Series victory at Nashville, tying Tony Kanaan for sixth on the IndyCar Series list for all-time victories.

* Sam Hornish Jr. failed to finish a race for the first time since Richmond in June 2005, a span of 18 races -- the third longest streak in IndyCar Series history. Scott Dixon (11 races) now has the longest active streak.

* Sam Hornish Jr. became the first IndyCar Series driver to surpass $11 million in career earnings with his victory at Indianapolis earlier this season. He needs $305,145 in earnings to surpass $12 million in his IndyCar Series career.

* Marlboro Team Penske can break its tie with Andretti Green Racing for most victories by a team if either Sam Hornish Jr. or Helio Castroneves win at Milwaukee.

* Andretti Green Racing can break its tie with Marlboro Team Penske for most victories by a team if either Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti, Bryan Herta or Marco Andretti win at Milwaukee.

* Marlboro Team Penske can break its tie with Team Menard for most pole positions by a team if either Sam Hornish Jr. or Helio Castroneves win the Marlboro Pole Award at Milwaukee. Castroneves can break a tie with Greg Ray for most poles in a career (13) if he wins the pole at Milwaukee.

* Scott Sharp needs one win to earn his 10th IndyCar Series victory and to tie Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon for second place on the IndyCar Series all-time wins list. Sharp will attempt to extend his series record for consecutive starts to 117 straight races.

* Marco Andretti would be the youngest winner of a major open-wheel event should he win at Nashville. Scott Dixon was 20 years, 9 months and 14 days when he won a Champ Car event at Nazareth in 2001. Sam Hornish Jr. (21 years, 259 days) was the youngest winner of an IndyCar Series event when he won at Phoenix in 2001. Andretti will be 19 years, 4 months and 10 days old on race day.

* Vitor Meira has gone 54 starts without a victory in the IndyCar Series, the longest drought of any IndyCar Series driver.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Clark , Buddy Rice , Hector Rebaque , Marco Andretti , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Vitor Meira
Teams Team Penske