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Carneros 100/Valley of the Moon 100 FAST FACTS WHAT: Indy Pro Series: Carneros 100, 10th race in 12-race 2006 season Valley of the Moon 100, 11h race in 12-race 2006 season WHERE: Infineon Raceway, 12-turn, 2.26-mile permanent road ...

Carneros 100/Valley of the Moon 100
FAST FACTS

WHAT:
Indy Pro Series:
Carneros 100, 10th race in 12-race 2006 season
Valley of the Moon 100, 11h race in 12-race 2006 season

WHERE:
Infineon Raceway, 12-turn, 2.26-mile permanent road course

WHEN:
Indy Pro Series:
Carneros 100: 4:45 p.m. (EDT), Saturday, Aug. 26
Valley of the Moon 100: 1:20 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Aug. 27

DISTANCE:
Indy Pro Series: Both races: 30 laps/69 miles

POSTED AWARDS:
Indy Pro Series: Both races: More than $187,500

CARS:
Indy Pro Series: Dallara chassis; Firestone tires

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS:
Indy Pro Series: Marco Andretti (2005)

2005 SERIES CHAMPIONS:
Indy Pro Series: Wade Cunningham

TV:
Indy Pro Series: Race: ESPN2 (tape-delay), 2 p.m. (EDT), Aug. 31

Live streaming video of all practice sessions, SWE Race Car Parts Pole Qualifying Sessions and both races also will be available at www.indycar.com/pro.

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, Aug. 25
12:15 -- 1 p.m. Indy Pro Series SWE Race Car Parts Qualifying Session #1 (all cars)
3:40 -- 4:25 p.m. Indy Pro Series SWE Race Car Parts Qualifying Session #2 (all cars)

Saturday, Aug. 26
10:45 -- 11:05 a.m. Indy Pro Series warmup
1:45 p.m. Carneros 100 (30 laps/69 miles) ESPN2 (taped, 2 p.m., Aug. 31)

Sunday, Aug. 27
8:50 -- 9 a.m. Indy Pro Series warmup
10:20 a.m. Valley of the Moon 100 (30 laps/69 miles) ESPN2 (taped, 2 p.m., Aug. 31)

THE TRACK:
2.26-mile road course; 40 feet wide
    Infineon Raceway is located 30 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and serves as the gateway to the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., and hosts several nationally televised events, including NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing, the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Superbike tour, and the IRL IndyCar Series.

INDY-STYLE RACING IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:

Since opening in 1968, Infineon Raceway, formerly known as Sears Point Raceway, has been the home to motorsports action for much of Northern California, The track first hosted Indy-style racing with two USAC Indy Car races in 1969 and 1970. Dan Gurney took the checkered flag in the USAC IndyCar 150 over drivers such as Mario Andretti, Mark Donahue and Al Unser. But the track closed shortly after that race, and open-wheel cars were replaced by sports cars and later NASCAR stock cars.

On Aug. 3, 2004, the Indy Racing League announced that the IRL IndyCar® Series would race on an IndyCar Series-modified 12-turn, 2.26-mile course at Infineon Raceway. The first Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma was won by Tony Kanaan on Aug. 28, 2005.

INDY PRO SERIES NOTES:

* The routine varies for Indy Pro Series drivers and teams when they head to a road course, especially for a doubleheader weekend. On Friday, the two practice sessions will double as qualifying sessions with all cars on track at the same time. The qualifying order for the Carneros 100 will be determined by the fastest speeds from the combined sessions. The starting lineup for the Valley of the Moon 100 will be determined by the finishing order from the Carneros 100, with the top six drivers inverted (Saturday's 1-2-3-4-5-6 finishers will start 6-5-4-3-2-1 on Sunday).

* 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 and the only driver to have completed all 481 laps.

* Nick Bussell and Jaime Camara will make their 24th and 25th consecutive starts in the Carneros 100 and Valley of the Moon 100 races.

INDY PRO SERIES PRE-RACE QUOTES:

JAY HOWARD (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Isilon/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, point leader): "I want to win five races. I'm not very happy I haven't won five races already this year. That's my focus. You know, there's always going to be -- with that lead being a little bit bigger, there's always going to be that little guy in the back of your head saying, 'Championship, championship.' As far as I'm concerned, I'm here to win every race and prove to everyone what I'm capable and what Sam Schmidt's team is capable of. That's my focus, win every race. If I can't, as close to that as possible."

JONATHAN KLEIN (No. 27 Klein Tools/Turn-Key Forging, second place, 25 points behind): "It's getting tough to close in on Jay. I think we have an OK of a cushion back to third place going into Sonoma, but I'm sure Bobby and Jaime and Wade and everybody are going to be real strong at Sonoma, so that's going to be a moment-of-truth weekend for the series and the championship. We're just going to keep fighting hard and being consistent and see what happens in Chicago. If we keep doing what we're doing, be calm and consistent, it seems to pay off at the end of races. We'll just work on that -- consistency, being patient and not making any mistakes. I think that can keep us in the top three at the finish of these races."

BOBBY WILSON (No. 24 Kenn Hardley Racing, third place, 39 points behind): ""I feel really confident that our team is going to be strong there. It's not a 1.5-mile dyno run. I'm confident that I'm going to work well with the engineer and get to the front. I know going into a road course, I'm going to be strong and really going to try and claw back that gap and maybe even jump ahead. Hopefully things will go my way. I'm going for the championship. I'm going to go there with the intentions of winning, and wherever that puts me, that's all I can do."

-credit: indy racing league

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Sam Schmidt , Dan Gurney , Mario Andretti , Marco Andretti , Nick Bussell , Wade Cunningham , Jaime Camara , Bobby Wilson , Al Unser