IPS: Milwaukee: Round eight preview

FAST FACTS WHAT: Indy Pro Series: Milwaukee 100, eighth race in 12-race 2006 season. WHERE: The Milwaukee Mile, 1-mile asphalt oval WHEN: Indy Pro Series: 4:40 p.m. (EDT), Saturday, July 22 DISTANCE: Indy Pro Series: 100 laps/100 ...

FAST FACTS

WHAT:
Indy Pro Series: Milwaukee 100, eighth race in 12-race 2006 season.

WHERE:
The Milwaukee Mile, 1-mile asphalt oval

WHEN:
Indy Pro Series: 4:40 p.m. (EDT), Saturday, July 22

DISTANCE:
Indy Pro Series: 100 laps/100 miles

POSTED AWARDS:
Indy Pro Series: More than $275,000

CARS:
Indy Pro Series: Dallara chassis; Firestone tires

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS:
Indy Pro Series: Jeff Simmons (2005), Paul Dana (2004).

2005 SERIES CHAMPIONS:
Indy Pro Series: Wade Cunningham

TV:
Indy Pro Series: Race: ESPN2 (tape-delay), 2 p.m. (EDT), July 27

RADIO:

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, July 21
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Indy Pro Series practice
2:15-2:45 p.m. Indy Pro Series practice
4:45 p.m. Indy Pro Series SWE Race Car Parts Pole Qualifying

Saturday, July 22
10 -- 10:15 a.m. Indy Pro Series final practice
3:15 p.m. Milwaukee 100 pre-race
3:40 p.m. Milwaukee 100 (100 laps/100 miles), ESPN2 (2 p.m., July 27; taped)

THE TRACK:
1-mile oval
Frontstretch: 1,265 feet banked at 2.5 degrees
Backstretch: 1,265 feet banked at 2.5 degrees
Turns: Banked at 9.25 degrees
Width: 70 feet
    * Located on land that was originally a horse farm, The Milwaukee Mile was used for training and racing thoroughbreds. Now used for car racing, the historic track is one of the flattest on the circuit.

INDY-STYLE RACING IN MILWAUKEE:

The first auto race held at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds, site of the Milwaukee Mile, took place in 1903. Indy-style racing in Wisconsin dates to 1911, when 10 of the 40 starters in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 raced at the Milwaukee Mile in a pair of races on the dirt oval.

Wilbur Shaw won when the Indy-style cars returned to the dirt oval in 1933, the first of four races held at Milwaukee before World War II. Open-wheel racing returned to the track in 1948. In 1963, the first rear-engined car, a Lotus-Ford driven by Jim Clark, won at Milwaukee, and the following year, A.J. Foyt claimed the final win for a front-engine roadster. In 1982, Indy-style cars debuted at Road America, a 4.3-mile road course 60 miles north of Milwaukee, in a race won by Hector Rebaque.

The IRL IndyCar Series debuted at Milwaukee in 2004, with Dario Franchitti winning the Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225.

INDY PRO SERIES NOTES:

*Winner/pole setter records on the line: The Indy Pro Series records for most race winners and pole winners in a season could both be challenged this weekend. Six drivers have won races this year and five have won poles. The record for both categories is six. Last year, six drivers won races while in 2003, six drivers won poles.

*Wilson a top-10 finisher: Oconomowoc's Bobby Wilson is the only driver to finish in the top 10 of every event so far in 2006. He's also the only driver to have been running at the finish of each race. Wilson leads all drivers with 304 laps completed.

*Three veterans in the group: Nick Bussell, Jaime Camara and Chris Festa will make their 22nd consecutive starts in the Milwaukee 100.

*Five race winners in the field: Five winners of Indy Pro Series races are entered in the Milwaukee 100. Jaime Camara (1 win), Wade Cunningham (2), Jay Howard (1), Alex Lloyd (1) and Bobby Wilson (1) will look to increase their series win totals.

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