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<pre> SunTrust Indy Challenge FAST FACTS WHAT: SunTrust Indy Challenge; seventh of 13 races in 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season WHERE: Richmond International Raceway, .75-mile paved oval WHEN: 8 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, June...

<pre> SunTrust Indy Challenge FAST FACTS

WHAT: SunTrust Indy Challenge; seventh of 13 races in 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season

WHERE: Richmond International Raceway, .75-mile paved oval

WHEN: 8 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, June 30

DISTANCE: 187.5 miles/250 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: This is the inaugural Indy Racing Northern Light Series event at Richmond International Raceway

CURRENT SERIES POINTS LEADER: Sam Hornish Jr.

TV: (Pre-Race) Indy Racing 2Day ESPN2 (live), 7:30 p.m. (EDT), June 30

(Race) ESPN (live), 8 p.m. (EDT), June 30 Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Larry Rice, Jason Priestley Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute Replay: ESPN, 3 a.m. (EDT), July 6

(Qualifying) ESPN2 (tape delay), 12:30-1:30 a.m. (EDT) June 30 Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Larry Rice, Jason Priestley Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute

RADIO: (Race) IMS Radio Network (live), 8 p.m. (EDT) June 29 Pre-race show starts at 7:30 p.m. Host: Mike King; Analyst: Johnny Parsons Jr. Announcer: Jerry Baker Sr. Pit Reporter: Mark Jaynes; Pit reporter: Kim Morris Area affiliate: WRVA-AM 1140, Richmond, Va.

SCHEDULE (all times local):

(Thursday, June 28) Noon: Indy Racing League garage opens 3:30-5 p.m.: Practice (two groups) 7-8:30 p.m.: Practice (two groups)

(Friday, June 29) 10 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.: Practice (two groups) 3:30 p.m.: MBNA Pole Qualifying 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Autograph session (Commonwealth Grandstand) 7-7:30 p.m.: Final practice (All cars)

(Saturday, June 30) 10 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens 7 p.m.: Cars to grid 8 p.m.: SunTrust Indy Challenge (187.5 miles/250 laps)

THE TRACK: .75-mile D-shaped oval racetrack Frontstraight: 1,290 feet Backstraight: 860 feet Width: 60 feet=20 Banking: Turns - 14 degrees; Frontstraight - 8 degrees; Backstraight - 2degrees </pre> Richmond International Raceway was originally a half-mile oval that began playing host to dirt races in the 1940s. The surface was paved in 1968 and the present racing facility was redesigned in September 1988 and reconstructed on the site of the half-mile track. The raceway has played host to the NASCAR Winston Cup series since 1953 and has 94,030 permanent grandstand seats and 34 skybox suites.

THE RACE:
The SunTrust Indy Challenge marks the first time the Indy Racing Northern Light Series has visited Richmond International Raceway. The event also marks the first Indy-style race in the state of Virginia.

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.

The SunTrust Indy Challenge is the third night race of the season for the Northern Light Series. A state-of-the-art Musco Lighting system illuminates the .75-mile D-shaped oval.

The SunTrust Indy Challenge is the third race in a stretch of four races in five weeks following the Indianapolis 500 for the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. Following Richmond, the series moves to the new 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway for a 300-mile event July 8.

Two Indy Racing rookies are confirmed to participate in the SunTrust Indy Challenge: Felipe Giaffone (Treadway-Hubbard Racing) and Didier Andre' (Galles Racing).

-IRNLS/IMS-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Didier André , Jason Priestley , Johnny Parsons , Sam Hornish Jr.