IRL: Texas: Fast facts

WHAT: Bombardier 500, fifth race in 16-race 2003 season; first IndyCar Series night event of the season WHERE: Texas Motor Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt oval WHEN: 7 p.m. (CDT), Saturday, June 7 DISTANCE: 200 laps/300 miles POSTED...

WHAT:
Bombardier 500, fifth race in 16-race 2003 season; first IndyCar Series night event of the season

WHERE:
Texas Motor Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt oval

WHEN:
7 p.m. (CDT), Saturday, June 7

DISTANCE:
200 laps/300 miles

POSTED AWARDS:
More than $1 million

CARS:
Dallara and Panoz G Force chassis; Chevrolet Indy V8, Honda Indy V8 and Toyota Indy V8 engines; Firestone tires

2002 RACE WINNER:
Jeff Ward

2002 SERIES CHAMPION:
Sam Hornish Jr.

TV:
Race: ESPN, 8 p.m. (EDT), June 7


Talent: Bob Jenkins (host); Paul Page, Scott Goodyear (announcers); Jack Arute, Gary Gerould (pit reporters)

RADIO:
Pre-race: IMS Radio Network, 7:30 p.m. (EDT), June 7
Race: IMS Radio Network 8 p.m. (EDT), June 7


Talent: Mike King (host); Davey Hamilton (analyst); Dave Wilson (color commentary); Mark Jaynes (Turns); Kim Morris, Pat Patterson (Pits)


Local affiliate: KESN-FM 103.2 Dallas/Fort Worth


The Bombardier 500 also will be broadcast online at www.indyracing.com.

SCHEDULE (all times local):
Thursday, June 5
3-4 p.m. - IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
5:45-7:15 p.m. - IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
8:45 p.m. - MBNA Pole Qualifying on KSCS Qualifying Night

Friday, June 6
1:45-2:45 p.m. - IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
5:15-5:45 p.m. - Final IndyCar Series practice
6 p.m. - Autograph session

Saturday, June 7
7 p.m. - Bombardier 500 (200 laps/300 miles), ESPN and IMS Radio Network

THE TRACK:
1.5-mile asphalt oval; 58 feet wide (minimum)
Frontstraight: 2,250 feet banked at 5 degrees
Backstraight: 1,330 feet banked at 5 degrees
Turns: 750 feet banked at 24 degrees

-- Texas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. The facility, which opened in 1997, features 154,861 permanent seats and 144 luxury suites. The 1.5-mile asphalt oval was repaved in the summer of 2001.

RACE NOTES Bombardier 500 :

-- Five Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Bombardier 500: Al Unser Jr. (1992, 1994), Buddy Lazier (1996), Kenny Brack (1999), Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002) and Gil de Ferran (2003).

-- Five IRL IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the Bombardier 500: Scott Sharp (1996 co-champion), Kenny Brack (1998), Greg Ray (1999), Buddy Lazier (2000) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002). A.J. Foyt IV, the 2002 Infiniti Pro Series champion and grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, also will participate in the Bombardier 500.

-- The Bombardier 500 will be the 12th IndyCar Series event conducted at Texas. TMS has had more IndyCar Series events than any other track. Former Texas winners expected to participate include: Scott Sharp (spring 2000, 2001) and Sam Hornish Jr. (fall 2001, 2002).

-- Seven of the 11 IndyCar Series conducted at Texas have featured a margin of victory of less than a second. The last three IndyCar Series races at Texas have been the second-, third- and fourth-closest finishes in IndyCar Series history. On Sept. 15, 2002, Sam Hornish Jr. defeated Helio Castroneves by .0096 of a second, the second-closest finish in IndyCar Series history.

-- The Bombardier 500 is the first of three IndyCar Series events that will be conducted at night in 2003. The others are the SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 28 at Richmond International Raceway and the Firestone Indy 200 on July 19 at Nashville Superspeedway.

SERIES NOTES IndyCar Series

-- The three events in the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series season that have finished under green have featured a margin of victory of less than one second. At the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Scott Dixon defeated Gil de Ferran by .5752 of a second for victory. At the Purex Dial Indy 200 on March 23 at Phoenix International Raceway, Tony Kanaan defeated Helio Castroneves by .9328 of a second, and at the 87th Indianapolis 500 on May 25, de Ferran defeated teammate Castroneves by .2990 of a second, the third-closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history. The Indy Japan 300 on April 13 finished under caution. The Indianapolis 500 finish marked the 30th time in 75 IndyCar Series races since 1996 with a margin of victory of less than a second.

-- In four races thus far in 2003, there have been four different winners. Scott Dixon won at Homestead-Miami, Tony Kanaan at Phoenix, Scott Sharp at Motegi and Gil de Ferran at Indianapolis. In those four races, 11 different drivers have finished in the top five in at least one event.

-- Scott Dixon won the Toyota Indy 300 on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in his first IRL IndyCar Series event. The only other times a driver has won the race in his first start was when Juan Montoya won the 84th Indianapolis 500 in 2000 and when Buzz Calkins won the inaugural series event in January 1996 at Orlando, Fla. Montoya drove for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, as does Dixon.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buzz Calkins , Greg Ray , Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Scott Goodyear , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , A.J. Foyt IV , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi , Dave Wilson , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing