IRL: Watkins Glen: Round 10 preview

WHAT: IndyCar® Series: Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix, 10th race in 17-race 2007 season WHERE: Watkins Glen International, 11-turn, 3.37-mile road course WHEN: IndyCar Series: 3:30 p.m. (ET), Sunday, July 8 DISTANCE: IndyCar Series:...

WHAT: IndyCar® Series: Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix, 10th race in 17-race 2007 season

WHERE: Watkins Glen International, 11-turn, 3.37-mile road course

WHEN: IndyCar Series:
3:30 p.m. (ET), Sunday, July 8

DISTANCE: IndyCar Series: 60 laps/204 miles

POSTED AWARDS: IndyCar Series: More than $1 million

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

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS: IndyCar Series: Scott Dixon (2005, 2006)

2006 SERIES CHAMPIONS: IndyCar Series: Sam Hornish Jr.

TV: IndyCar Series: Race: ABC (live), 3:30 p.m. (ET), July 8
Note: Live streaming video coverage of AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (1:30 p.m., (ET) July 7) is available at www.indycar.com

RADIO: IndyCar Series:
Qualifying: IMS Radio Network, live web-cast, 1:15 p.m. (ET) July 7
Wrap-up Show: IMS Radio Network, 3:30 p.m. (EDT), July 7
Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 3 p.m. (EDT), July 8
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 3:30 p.m. (EDT), July 8
Live coverage of AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (1:30 p.m. (ET), July 7) and the race also will be available at www.indycar.com. The race broadcast is also available on XM Satellite Radio channel 144 "XM Sports Nation" and XM channel 145 "IndyCar Racing"

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, July 6
10:15a.m. -- 12:15 p.m. IndyCar Series practice #1 (all cars)
3:30 -- 4:35 p.m. IndyCar Series practice #2 (two groups determined by morning practice speeds)

Saturday, July 7
9:45 -- 10:50 a.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups determined by Friday morning practice speeds)
1:30 -- 3 p.m. Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (Single-car, single-lap and Firestone Fast Six)

Sunday, July 8
9:45 -- 10:15 a.m. IndyCar Series final practice
3:30 p.m. Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix (60 laps/204 miles)

THE TRACK:
3.37-mile road course; 38 feet wide
Mainstraight: 2,150 feet
Backstretch: 2,600 feet
Turns: 11

* Watkins Glen International is operated by International Speedway Corp. The course, which was used by the IndyCar Series for the first time in 2005, has been home to major NASCAR and road racing events, and one of the nation's premier vintage events, the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix.

INDY CAR RACING IN WATKINS GLEN:

When Formula 1 visited Watkins Glen in 1961 for the first Watkins Glen U.S. Grand Prix, it was the beginning of what would become a tradition at the circuit each Fall through 1980.

Innes Ireland won the inaugural running, with drivers such as Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt among the winners of the Grand Prix. The circuit was expanded in 1971, as the 1970s brought a wide variety of competition to The Glen, including CART. Financial difficulties led to the Watkins Glen date being dropped from the Formula 1 schedule and as a result, the bankrupt track closed following a CART race in 1981.

The Glen reopened on July 7, 1984, with Al Holbert, Derek Bell and Jim Adams winning the inaugural Camel Continental at the renovated facility.

On Aug. 3, 2004, the Indy Racing League announced it would race on the historic 3.4-mile, 11-turn long-course at Watkins Glen International on Sept. 25, 2005. Scott Dixon claimed the inaugural victory on the circuit.

INDYCAR SERIES NOTES:

* Five Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix: 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 Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix: Scott Sharp (1996 co-champion), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002, 2006), Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).

* Drivers entered in the Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix have combined for 81 IndyCar Series victories, 77 IndyCar Series pole positions and 1,185 IndyCar Series starts.

* The Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix will be the third IndyCar Series event conducted at Watkins Glen International. Scott Dixon has won the two previous races at Watkins Glen. The Watkins Glen Grand Prix is the eighth non-oval event in IndyCar Series history. Previous road and street course winners in the IndyCar Series are: Dan Wheldon (St. Petersburg, 2005), Tony Kanaan (Infineon, 2005), Scott Dixon (Watkins Glen, 2005, 2006), Helio Castroneves (St. Petersburg, 2006, 2007) and Marco Andretti (Infineon, 2006).

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

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The 2007 IndyCar Series season continues with the Camping World Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on July 8 at Watkins Glen International. The race will be televised live by ABC and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. The next Indy Pro Series event is the Corning Twin 100 doubleheader on July 7-8 Watkins Glen International. The race will be televised by ESPN2 on July 12. ESPN2's coverage of the Iowa 100 will be broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on July 3.

-credit: irl

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Jackie Stewart , Dan Wheldon , Jim Clark , Niki Lauda , Al Holbert , Buddy Rice , Derek Bell , Emerson Fittipaldi , Jim Adams , Marco Andretti , Graham Hill , James Hunt , Sam Hornish Jr.