The field for tonight's SunTrust Indy Challenge is one of the deepest ever. Drivers in this race have a combined 105 victories and 76 pole positions in Indy-style (CART and IRL) racing. Seven of those victories were in the Indianapolis 500. Counting tonight, the field has 106 victories and 77 poles.

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At the other end of experience, there are three rookies in the field. A.J. Foyt IV, Dan Wheldon and Roger Yasukawa. The three are competing for the $50,000 Bombardier Rookie of the Year title.

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Last night's rain delay during Indy Racing League qualifying did not hurt speeds. The three fastest qualifiers - Scott Dixon, Sarah Fisher and Tora Takagi - all took their runs after the rain. Takagi started the race at the back of the field in his backup car, after wrecking his qualified car during last night's final practice. The other three cars were repaired, and started in their qualified positions.

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Rain tonight ended the race after 206 of the scheduled 250 laps. Winner Scott Dixon led all of those laps. This is the first time one driver has led every lap of an IndyCar series race. Dixon now has three victories this year. He is the only multiple winner thus far.

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Firestone brought 760 Firehawk racing radial tires to Richmond for this weekend's Indy Racing League event. Each of the 22 cars entered can use up to 28 tires (7 sets) through practice, qualifying and the race. The tires are a high-grip short oval compound, which was selected to help the drivers negotiate the 1000 corners in tonight's 250 lap race.

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Cars from the two series racing this weekend - Indy Racing League and USAC Silver Crown - look very different from each other, but are two sides of a common heritage. Until the early 1950s, the National Championship was contested in cars similar to today's Silver Crown on both dirt and paved tracks. With the development of the Indy Roadster in the 1950s, and the rear-engine revolution in the 1960s, pavement cars became specialized and teams needed both kinds of car. In 1971, the series was divided into two Championships: Silver Crown on dirt, and Gold Crown on pavement. While the rear-engine "Gold Crown" style cars still race only on pavement, the Silver Crown cars now race on both dirt and pavement.

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The mix of historic old style cars and modern new cars is appropriate. RIR is located in Henrico County, Virginia, one of the oldest communities in America. "Citie of Henricus" was founded in 1611, just four years after Jamestown. This is where Pocahontas and John Rolfe lived. On the cutting edge, the first hospital and first university the American Colonies were established here. Remember to pronounce Henrico with a long "i" so the locals won't know you're from out of town.

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Richmond International Raceway is best known as a stock car track - hosting two Winston Cup events a year. But the first race here was won by Ted Horn in an Indy-style car. The upright dirt variety, of course, as befitted the original dirt racing surface.

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J.J. Yeley is poised to make history this year by winning the championships in all three of USAC's divisions: Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget. Two drivers have been champions in all three divisions, but only one - reigning Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart - has won all three in a single season. Yeley has won 14 USAC races so far this year, including the prior three Silver Crown events. That streak came to an end today with his sixth place finish in the Dominic's of New York 100. Only Tom Bigelow and Jack Hewitt have won four in a row. Regarded as a master on dirt, J.J. scored an impressive dual victory in May winning both halves of the Hoosier Twin 50s on the 5/8 mile paved oval at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

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Children's Hospital in Richmond received a $2500 check today from the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund and Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary (CARA) Charities. The contribution is part of CARA Charities "Buckle Up Baby" project. The funds are used to increase awareness of the value of child safety seats, and to help low-income families purchase the seats.

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During pre-race ceremonies, The Michael Andretti Foundation donated $5000, from a $100,000 fund provided by Jim Beam, to University of Richmond officials. The donation will fund the University's implementation of The Century Council's new "Alcohol 101 Plus" education program - an interactive CD-ROM that helps college students make safe and responsible decisions about alcohol.

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The Grand Marshall for today's event was Rear Admiral David Architzel. Rear Admiral Architzel is a highly decorated Naval aviator with more than 5,000 flight hours. He is currently Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. Race sponsor SunTrust gave a number of tickets to sailors returning from deployment. "It means a lot," the Admiral said. "They come back and they're recognized. They're so thankful that knowing what they did is important and appreciated. To come home and see this outpouring of support is tremendous."