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FAST FACTS WHAT: Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria, 15th race in 17-race 2007 season WHERE: Infineon Raceway, 12-turn, 2.26-mile permanent road course WHEN: 3:30 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Aug. 26 DISTANCE: 80 laps/180.8 ...

FAST FACTS

WHAT: Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria, 15th race in 17-race 2007 season

WHERE: Infineon Raceway, 12-turn, 2.26-mile permanent road course

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Aug. 26

DISTANCE: 80 laps/180.8 miles

POSTED AWARDS: More than $1 million

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

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS: Tony Kanaan (2005), Marco Andretti (2006)

2006 SERIES CHAMPIONS: Sam Hornish Jr.

TV: Race: ESPN (live), 3:30 p.m. (EDT), Aug. 26

RADIO: IndyCar Series:
Qualifying: IMS Radio Network, live web-cast, 3:45 p.m. (ET) Aug. 25
Qualifying wrapup: IMS Radio Network, 5:30 p.m. (ET), Aug. 25
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 3 p.m. (ET), Aug. 26

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, Aug. 24
10 a.m. -- Noon IndyCar Series practice #1 (all cars)
2 -- 3 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)

Saturday, Aug. 25
9:30 -- 10:30 a.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
1 p.m. IndyCar Series AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying, including Firestone Fast Six session (90 minutes total)

Sunday, Aug. 26
12:30 p.m. Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria (80 laps/180.8 miles)

THE TRACK: 2.26-mile road course; 40 feet wide

INDY-STYLE RACING IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:

Since opening in 1968, Infineon Raceway, formerly known as Sears Point Raceway, has been the home to motorsports action for much of Northern California, The track first hosted Indy-style racing with two USAC Indy Car races in 1969 and 1970. Dan Gurney took the checkered flag in the USAC IndyCar 150 over drivers such as Mario Andretti, Mark Donahue and Al Unser. But the track closed shortly after that race, and open-wheel cars were replaced by sports cars and later NASCAR stock cars.

On Aug. 3, 2004, the Indy Racing League announced that the IndyCar Series would race on an IndyCar Series-modified 12-turn, 2.26-mile course at Infineon Raceway. The first Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma was won by Tony Kanaan on Aug. 28, 2005.

INDYCAR SERIES NOTES:

* Five Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria: 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 Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria: Scott Sharp (1996 co-champion), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002), Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).

* The Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria will be the fourth of five events in 2007 contested on street or road courses: Helio Castroneves (St. Petersburg) and Scott Dixon (Watkins Glen International and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course) won the previous events. The final event, the Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone, is scheduled for Sept. 2

* Drivers entered in the Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria have combined for 86 IndyCar Series victories, 82 IndyCar Series pole positions and 1,282 IndyCar Series starts.

* In 14 races thus far in 2007, there have been six winners. Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Dan Wheldon are multiple winners. Franchitti won at Indianapolis, Iowa and Richmond. Wheldon won at Homestead-Miami and Kansas, Dixon won at Watkins Glen, Nashville and Mid-Ohio and Kanaan won at Twin Ring Motegi, Milwaukee, Michigan and Kentucky. Other winners in 2007: Helio Castroneves at St. Petersburg, Sam Hornish Jr. at Texas. In those 14 races, 16 drivers have finished in the top five in at least one event.

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The next IndyCar Series event is the Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 26 at Infineon Raceway. The race will be televised live by ESPN and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. The next Indy Pro Series event is the Carneros 100/Valley of the Moon 100 doubleheader on Aug. 25-26 at Infineon Raceway. The race will be telecast at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 by ESPN2. ESPN2's coverage of the Kentucky 100 will be telecast at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 16.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Dan Gurney , Mario Andretti , Buddy Rice , Marco Andretti , Sam Hornish Jr. , Al Unser