Richmond: Round 10 preview

FAST FACTS SunTrust Indy Challenge Date / Time Saturday, June 28 8 p.m. (EDT) Track Richmond International Raceway Distance 300 laps / 225 miles TV ESPN (Live) Radio IMS Radio Network / XM Satellite Radio (Live) 2007 Winner Dario ...

FAST FACTS
SunTrust Indy Challenge

Date / Time
Saturday, June 28
8 p.m. (EDT)

Track
Richmond International Raceway

Distance
300 laps / 225 miles

TV
ESPN (Live)

Radio
IMS Radio Network / XM Satellite Radio
(Live)

2007 Winner
Dario Franchitti

2007 Polesitter
Dario Franchitti

Richmond International Raceway
. 75-mile oval

First IndyCar Series race in 2001
Seats: 112,029

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SunTrust Indy Challenge Race Notes:

The SunTrust Indy Challenge will be the eighth IndyCar Series event conducted at Richmond International Raceway. The top three drivers in points are all past winners at Richmond. Scott Dixon won in 2003, Helio Castroneves won in 2005 and Dan Wheldon won in 2004.

Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves are also past winners of the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award at Richmond. Dixon won in 2003, while Castroneves won in 2004 and 2006.

Thirteen drivers entered in the SunTrust Indy Challenge have competed in previous IndyCar Series events at the track. Five of those drivers led laps (Scott Dixon 206, Helio Castroneves 187, Dan Wheldon 58, Vitor Meira 40 and Tony Kanaan 8).

Four Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the SunTrust Indy Challenge: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Buddy Rice (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Scott Dixon (2008).

Three IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the SunTrust Indy Challenge: Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).

Season-to-Date:

* Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon are the only drivers to finish in the top five in seven of the eight races this season.

* Dan Wheldon is the only drivers to complete all 1,586 laps in 2008.

* Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon are the only drivers running at the finish of every race in 2008.

Milestones & Records:

* Helio Castroneves will attempt to make his 106th career IndyCar Series start. It would also be his 104th consecutive start.

* Helio Castroneves can establish an IndyCar Series record for most consecutive seasons with at least one win should he win the SunTrust Indy Challenge. Castroneves is tied with Scott Sharp with victories in seven consecutive seasons.

* Helio Castroneves can extend his IndyCar Series record for consecutive seasons with a pole to seven if he can win the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award presented by Advance Auto Parts.

* Scott Dixon needs to lead 85 more laps to become the fifth driver to lead 2,000 laps in his career. The others to lead at least 2,000 laps are Sam Hornish Jr. (3,428), Helio Castroneves (2,774), Dan Wheldon (2,735) and Tony Kanaan (2,253).

* Scott Dixon has led 633 laps this season. The record for most laps led in a season is 899 by Tony Kanaan in 2004.

* Vitor Meira has gone 84 starts without a victory in the IndyCar Series, the longest drought of any IndyCar Series driver.

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Schedule (local time):

June 26
4-7 p.m. - IndyCar Series practice (rookies and transitioning drivers)

June 27
12-1:45 p.m. - IndyCar Series practice
3:15-5:15 p.m. - IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
7:30 p.m. - PEAK Motor Oil Pole Qualifying presented by Advance Auto Parts

June 28
7 p.m. - SunTrust Indy Challenge pre-race
8 p.m. - SunTrust Indy Challenge (300 laps/225 miles)

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornish Jr. , Vitor Meira