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INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Aug. 7, 2006 Today's IRL headlines 1. Horsepower meets horse power in Kentucky 2. Potekhen to return to Indy Pro Series 3. Gregg also returns at Kentucky 1. Horsepower meets horse power in Kentucky: The...

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- Aug. 7, 2006

Today's IRL headlines
1. Horsepower meets horse power in Kentucky
2. Potekhen to return to Indy Pro Series
3. Gregg also returns at Kentucky

1. Horsepower meets horse power in Kentucky: The 2006 IndyCar® Series season shifts to the Kentucky Speedway for the Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Secret on Aug. 13.

The race will be the seventh IndyCar Series race in the Bluegrass State, which is home of one of the world's most renowned events, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Since 1875, the Kentucky Derby has been the crown jewel of horse racing. The 132nd annual race held in May saw Barbaro defeat Bluegrass Cat. The IndyCar Series has historically produced exciting racing and close finishes at the 1.5-mile oval. In fact, three of the last four events at Kentucky Speedway have seen margins of victory of less than one second.

How does the competition at the Kentucky Derby stack up against that of the IndyCar Series?

The average horse is listed at eight feet in length while an IndyCar Series chassis must be at least 16 feet. That means it takes two horses standing nose to tail to equate to the length of an IndyCar.

As far as the muscle that powers each of these, that's a completely different story. While it only takes one horse to win the Derby, it takes an estimated 670 of them to find Victory Lane at the Kentucky Speedway.

And down the stretch they come.

2. Potekhen to return to Indy Pro Series: Mike Potekhen, who made his Indy Pro Series debut in the Liberty Challenge on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, will return for the final four races of the season, beginning with the Kentucky 100 on Aug. 13.

Potekhen will drive the No. 76 Part Sourcing International car sponsored by 360brake.com.

"I'm very impressed with Mike," team owner Steve Eppard said. "He did a great job in the Liberty Challenge, and we're happy to have him on board for the final one-third of the season. I expect him to do well in those four races and finish close to the top 10 in points."

Potekhen, a 26-year-old Colorado native, also competes in the Star Mazda Series, where he is second in the point standings, 13 points out of first, with four races to go. He's captured race wins at Milwaukee and Portland this year.

"I'm excited about running the Indy Pro Series car the rest of the season," said Potekhen, who finished 11th in the Liberty Challenge. "We've been running real well in the Pro Mazda championship, and hopefully we can carry that momentum over.

"The Indy Pro Series cars are so much fun to drive. I can't wait to get back in them and have some races on ovals."

3. Gregg also returns at Kentucky: Travis Gregg, who won the Kentucky 100 for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in 2005, will return to the team for this weekend's Indy Pro Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

Gregg, who started from the pole at Kentucky in 2004 and 2005, will drive the No. 77 entry with sponsorship from Lucas Oil and Argosy Casino as a teammate to current series point leader Jay Howard.

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The next IndyCar Series event is the Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Secret at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 13 at Kentucky Speedway. The race will be telecast live by ABC Sports and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPN Deportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 145 "IndyCar Racing" and www.indycar.com. The fifth season of Indy Pro Series competition continues with the Kentucky 100 on August 13 at Kentucky Speedway.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Travis Gregg , Jay Howard , Mike Potekhen