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WHAT: IndyCar Series: Emerson Indy 250, 11th race in 16-race 2003 season Infiniti Pro Series: Gateway 100, eighth race in 12-race 2003 season WHERE: Gateway International Raceway, 1.25-mile asphalt oval WHEN: IndyCar Series: 2 p.m.

WHAT:

IndyCar Series:
Emerson Indy 250, 11th race in 16-race 2003 season

Infiniti Pro Series:
Gateway 100, eighth race in 12-race 2003 season

WHERE:

Gateway International Raceway, 1.25-mile asphalt oval

WHEN:

IndyCar Series:
2 p.m. (CDT), Sunday, Aug. 10

Infiniti Pro Series:
3:45 p.m. (CDT), Saturday, Aug. 9

DISTANCE:

IndyCar Series:
200 laps/250 miles

Infiniti Pro Series:
80 laps/100 miles

CARS:

IndyCar Series:
Dallara and Panoz G Force chassis; Chevrolet Indy V-8, Honda Indy V-8 and Toyota Indy V-8 engines; Firestone tires

Infiniti Pro Series:
Dallara chassis; Infiniti Q45 engines; Firestone tires

TV:

IndyCar Series:
Pre-race: ESPN2 (live), "Indy Racing 2Day,"noon (EDT), Aug. 10
Race: ABC (live), 3 p.m. (EDT), Aug. 10

Infiniti Pro Series:
Highlights: ESPN2, 2 p.m. (EDT), Aug. 15

RADIO:

IndyCar Series:
Qualifying wrap up show: IMS Radio Network, 7:30 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 9.
Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 2:30 p.m. (EDT), Aug. 10.
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 3 p.m. (EDT), Aug. 10.
Area affiliates: KFNS-AM 590 Wood River, Ill.
Live coverage of MBNA Pole Qualifying (6:15 p.m. EDT, Aug. 9) and the live race broadcast also will be available at www.indyracing.com.

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, Aug. 8
8 a.m. Infiniti Pro Series garage opens
12:15-1 p.m. Infiniti Pro Series practice
1:45-2:30 p.m. Infiniti Pro Series practice
4:30 p.m. Infiniti Pro Series qualifying

Saturday, Aug. 9
8 a.m. IndyCar Series and Infiniti Pro Series garages open
10:30-10:45 Infiniti Pro Series final practice
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
1:30-3 p.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
3:45 p.m. Gateway 100 (80 laps/100 miles) ESPN2 (2 p.m., 8/15)
5:15 p.m. IndyCar Series MBNA Pole Qualifying
6:30 p.m. Autograph session

Sunday, Aug. 10
8 a.m. IndyCar Series garage opens
10 a.m. Final IndyCar Series practice
2 p.m. Emerson Indy 250 (200 laps/250 miles) ABC-TV & IMS Radio Network (Live)

THE TRACK:
1.25-mile asphalt oval; 60 feet wide
Frontstraight: 1,922 feet banked at 3 degrees
Backstraight: 1,976 feet banked at 3 degrees
Turns 1 and 2: Banked at 11 degrees
Turns 3 and 4: Banked at 9 degrees

Gateway International Raceway debuted on May 24, 1997, and includes a 1.6-mile, 10-turn road course that runs through the infield, using parts of both straightaways and Turns 3 and 4. The facility is owned by Dover Motorsports Inc., which also owns Nashville Superspeedway, where the Indy Racing League also competes. Gateway has 60,000 permanent seats and 30 luxury suites.

INDYCAR SERIES NOTES:

*Five Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Emerson Indy 250: Al Unser Jr. (1992, 1994), Buddy Lazier (1996), Kenny Brack (1999), Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002) and Gil de Ferran (2003).

*Five IRL IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the Emerson Indy 250: Scott Sharp (1996 co-champion), Kenny Brack (1998), Greg Ray (1999), Buddy Lazier (2000) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002). A.J. Foyt IV, the 2002 Infiniti Pro Series champion and grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, also will participate in the Emerson Indy 250.

*Drivers entered in the Emerson Indy 250 have plenty of talent and experience. The 21 drivers entered in the Firestone Indy 400 have combined for 107 IRL or CART victories and 91 pole positions and 1,560 starts.

*Gateway International Raceway is the only track 1.25-miles in length that the IndyCar Series will compete at in 2003.

*Former Gateway winners expected to participate in the Emerson Indy 250 include: Gil de Ferran (2002), Al Unser Jr. (2001). Michael Andretti, co-owner of Andretti Green Racing, won a CART event at the facility in 1999.

*Five of the six events in the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series season that have finished under green have featured a margin of victory of less than one second, including the Firestone Indy 400 on July 27 at Michigan International Speedway where Alex Barron defeated Sam Hornish Jr. by .0121 of a second, the fourth-closest finish in IRL IndyCar Series history. The Michigan race was the 32nd time that an IndyCar Series event had a margin of victory of less than a second.

*In 10 races thus far in 2003, there have been seven different winners. Scott Dixon and Gil de Ferran are the only multiple winners. Dixon won at Homestead-Miami, Pikes Peak and Richmond, and de Ferran won at Indianapolis and Nashville. Other winners in 2003: Tony Kanaan at Phoenix, Scott Sharp at Motegi, Al Unser Jr. at Texas, Bryan Herta at Kansas and Alex Barron at Michigan. In those 10 races, 16 different drivers have finished in the top five in at least one event.

*Scott Dixon became the first driver in IRL IndyCar Series history to lead consecutive laps throughout three consecutive races. He led the last 84 laps June 15 en route to a victory at Pikes Peak and led all 206 laps of the rain-shortened SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 28 at Richmond. He then led the first 53 laps on July 7 at Kansas for a total of 343 consecutive laps led.

*Scott Dixon earned his third career IRL IndyCar Series victory June 28 at Richmond in only his seventh series start, tying the record set by Helio Castroneves at the 2002 Indianapolis 500. Castroneves earned his third victory in his seventh start.

*Both Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers have started on the front row three times this season. Tomas Scheckter won the pole at Texas and Michigan, and Dixon started second, while at Kansas, Dixon won the pole and Scheckter started second.

*Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers have won six MBNA Poles this season. Tomas Scheckter won the MBNA Pole at Michigan and Texas. Scott Dixon won the MBNA Pole at Richmond, Kansas and Nashville and started on the pole at Motegi after qualifying was rained out and the field was determined by practice speeds.

*The average speed for the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan was 180.917 mph, the fastest average speed in the history of the IRL IndyCar Series. The previous record was 179.345 mph when Sam Hornish Jr. won in 2002 at California Speedway.

INFINITI PRO SERIES NOTES:

*The Gateway 100 is the second Infiniti Pro Series race at Gateway International Raceway. Ryan Hampton led all 80 laps en route to a victory in 2002.

*Drivers with Infiniti Pro Series victories expected to participate at Gateway include: Mark Taylor (Homestead-Miami, Phoenix, Kansas, Nashville, Michigan 2003), Aaron Fike (Chicagoland 2002, Pikes Peak 2003), Cory Witherill (Nashville 2002), Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis 2003). Arie Luyendyk Jr., who finished second in the 2002 championship, also is expected to race.

*The Gateway 100 is the only event that takes place on a track with a distance of 1.25-miles.

*The second season of Infiniti Pro Series competition consists of 12 races that take place at the same tracks as IRL IndyCar Series events.

*Ed Carpenter won the historic Freedom 100 on May 18 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway driving for A.J. Foyt Racing. The race marked the first time that an automobile race in addition to the Indianapolis 500 had been conducted on the 2.5-mile oval during the month of May.

*Rookie Mark Taylor has won five events in 2003, setting the record for most victories in a season and most career victories. He drives for Panther Racing, the team that won the IndyCar Series championship in 2001 and 2002 with Sam Hornish Jr.

*Mark Taylor led all 77 laps in the Cleanevent 100 July 18 en route to a victory at Nashville Superspeedway. It marked the third time that a driver has led every lap in an Infiniti Pro Series event. Ryan Hampton led all 80 laps en route to victory in 2002 at Gateway, and Taylor led all 100 laps en route to victory at Phoenix in 2003.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Mark Taylor , Greg Ray , Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Cory Witherill , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , A.J. Foyt IV , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Alex Barron , Aaron Fike , Ryan Hampton , Chip Ganassi , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Ed Carpenter , Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Teams Panther Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing