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FAST FACTS Team Penske eyes third consecutive victory at Texas Dixon leads points; shoots for first Texas win (NOTE: The official entry list is attached) Bombardier Learjet 550k Date / Time Saturday, June 7 9:30 p.m. (EDT) Track Texas...

FAST FACTS

Team Penske eyes third consecutive victory at Texas Dixon leads points; shoots for first Texas win (NOTE: The official entry list is attached)

Bombardier Learjet 550k

Date / Time Saturday, June 7 9:30 p.m. (EDT)

Track Texas Motor Speedway

Distance 228 laps / 342 miles

TV ESPN2 (Live)

Radio IMS Radio Network / XM Satellite Radio (Live)

2007 Winner Sam Hornish Jr.

2007 Polesitter Scott Sharp

Texas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval

First IndyCar Series race in 1997

Race Notes: The Bombardier Learjet 550k will be the 19th IndyCar Series event conducted at Texas Motor Speedway, the most of any track on the IndyCar Series schedule. Helio Castroneves (2004, 2006) is a two-time winner of the event. Tony Kanaan (2004) and Tomas Scheckter (2005) also are past winners at Texas.

Three drivers entered have won the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award at Texas: Tomas Scheckter (2002, 2003 and 2005), Helio Castroneves (2004) and Vitor Meira (2002).

Fourteen drivers entered in the Bombardier Learjet 550k have raced in previous IndyCar Series events at the track. Eight of those drivers have led laps (Tomas Scheckter 371, Tony Kanaan 266, Dan Wheldon 246, Helio Castroneves 216, Scott Dixon 63, Vitor Meira 12, Buddy Rice 7, and Danica Patrick 2).

Four Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Bombardier Learjet 550k: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Buddy Rice (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Scott Dixon (2008).

Three IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the Bombardier Learjet 550k: Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).

Season-to-Date: * Helio Castroneves is the only driver to finish in the top five in all six races this season. Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan are the only other driver to finish in the top 10 in five races. * Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon are the only drivers to complete all 1,108 laps in 2008. * Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay 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 104th career IndyCar Series start. It would also be his 102nd consecutive start. * Helio Castroneves can establish an IndyCar Series record for most consecutive seasons with at least one win should he win the Bombardier Learjet 550k. 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. * Vitor Meira has gone 82 starts without a victory in the IndyCar Series, the longest drought of any IndyCar Series driver.

Schedule (local time):

June 5
7:40-9:10 p.m. - IndyCar Series practice

June 6
2-3:30 p.m. - IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
5:45 p.m. - PEAK Motor Oil Pole Qualifying

June 7
7:30 p.m. - Bombardier Learjet 550k pre-race 8:30 p.m. - Bombardier Learjet 550k (228 laps/342 miles)

-credit: irl

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornish Jr. , Danica Patrick , Vitor Meira
Teams Team Penske