Chicagoland: Series season finale preview

CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED AT CHICAGOLAND PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 Date / Time Sunday, Sept. 7 3:30 p.m. (EDT) Track Chicagoland Speedway Distance 200 laps / 300 miles TV ABC (Live) Radio IMS Radio Network / XM ...

CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED AT CHICAGOLAND

PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300

Date / Time
Sunday, Sept. 7
3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Track
Chicagoland Speedway

Distance
200 laps / 300 miles

TV
ABC (Live)

Radio
IMS Radio Network / XM Satellite Radio
(Live)

2007 Winner
Dario Franchitti

2007 Polesitter
Dario Franchitti

Chicagoland Speedway
1.5-mile oval
First IndyCar Series race in 2001

PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 Race Notes:

The PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 will be the eighth IndyCar Series event conducted at Chicagoland Speedway. Two-time winner Dan Wheldon (2005-06) is the only past winner entered in the event. Past pole winners Helio Castroneves (2004) and Danica Patrick (2005) are entered.

Eighteen drivers entered in the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 have competed in previous races at Chicagoland Speedway. Nine of those drivers led laps (Dan Wheldon 307, Tomas Scheckter 114, Tony Kanaan 90, Helio Castroneves 75, Buddy Rice 66, Scott Dixon 65, A.J. Foyt IV 3, Vitor Meira 1 and Danica Patrick 1).

The PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 will be the sixth race on a 1.5-mile oval this season. Target Chip Ganassi Racing has dominated on those tracks, winning four poles and four races. Scott Dixon won the pole at Homestead-Miami, Kansas, Texas and Kentucky and won the races at Homestead-Miami, Texas and Kentucky. Teammate Dan Wheldon won the race at Kansas. Andretti Green Racing's Danica Patrick earned her first career victory at Motegi.

Season-to-Date:

* Helio Castroneves is the only driver to finish in the top five in 14 of the 16 races this season.

* Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan are the only drivers with 14 top-10 finishes.

* Helio Castroneves is the only driver running at the finish of every race in 2008.

* Nine drivers have won races in 2008, tying the IndyCar Series record set in 1996/97, 2002, 2003 and 2005. This year's winners are: Ryan Briscoe, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, Danica Patrick, Graham Rahal, Dan Wheldon and Justin Wilson.

* Scott Dixon has six victories this season, tying Dan Wheldon's record set in 2005.

* Scott Dixon has established a new IndyCar Series record by winning from the pole four times this season. The past record was two, which had been done six times.

* Ryan Briscoe needs one more victory in 2008 to become the 13th driver to win three or more races in a season. That has happened 18 times in IndyCar Series history.

* A.J. Foyt Racing has its most top-10 finishes (6) since Eliseo Salazar had seven for the team in 2001.

* Teammates have started 1-2 in six races this season, tying the record set in 2005.

Milestones & Records:

* Helio Castroneves will attempt to make his 114th career IndyCar Series start. It would also be his 112th consecutive start, which is the second-longest streak all time.

* Helio Castroneves established an IndyCar Series record for most consecutive seasons with at least one win with his win at Infineon. Castroneves has victories in eight consecutive seasons.

* Helio Castroneves extended his IndyCar Series record for consecutive seasons with a pole to seven when he won the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award at Nashville. His pole at Infineon was the 26th of his career.

* Scott Dixon has moved into second with 14 career poles.

* Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves have 65 career top-five finishes, tied for first all time in IndyCar Series history.

* Helio Castroneves has passed Scott Sharp as the all-time leader in top-10 finishes. Castroneves has 87. Sharp has 82.

* Scott Dixon has led 885 laps this season. The record for most laps led in a season is 889 by Tony Kanaan in 2004.

* Scott Dixon has become the fifth driver to lead more than 2,000 laps in his career (2,167). The others to lead at least 2,000 laps are Sam Hornish Jr. (3,428), Helio Castroneves (2,977), Dan Wheldon (2,735) and Tony Kanaan (2,488).

* Helio Castroneves has led laps in 70 IndyCar Series races, passing Sam Hornish Jr. (67) for the all-time record.

* Vitor Meira has gone 92 starts without a victory in the IndyCar Series, the longest drought of any IndyCar Series driver.

* Helio Castroneves has won a record seven races from the pole.

* Scott Dixon has moved into second place with 16 career victories. Sam Hornish Jr. holds the record with 19.

* Helio Castroneves holds the record for most career second-place finishes (20).

Schedule (local time):

Sept. 6
9:15-11 a.m. - IndyCar Series practice
12:30-1:30 p.m. - IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
3:15-4:30 p.m. - PEAK Motor Oil Pole Qualifying presented by AutoZone

Sept. 7
1:30 p.m. - PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 pre-race
2:30 p.m. - PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 (200 laps/300 miles)

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Justin Wilson , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , A.J. Foyt IV , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Graham Rahal , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Buddy Rice , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi , A.J. Foyt , Danica Patrick , Vitor Meira
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing