IRL: Chicagoland: Season finale preview, schedule

WHAT: PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean, final race in 17-race 2007 season WHERE: Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt oval WHEN: 4 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Sept. 9 DISTANCE: 200 laps/300 miles POSTED AWARDS: More than $1 ...

WHAT: PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean, final race in 17-race 2007 season

WHERE: Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt oval

WHEN: 4 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Sept. 9

DISTANCE: 200 laps/300 miles

POSTED AWARDS: More than $1 million

CARS: Dallara chassis; Honda Indy V-8; Firestone tires; 100-percent fuel-grade ethanol

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS: Dan Wheldon (2005-2006), Adrian Fernandez (2004), Sam Hornish Jr. (2002-2003), Jaques Lazier (2001)

2006 SERIES CHAMPIONS: Sam Hornish Jr.

TV: Race: ABC (live), 4 p.m. (ET), Sept. 9

Live streaming video of all practice sessions, AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (5:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 8) and the in-car footage of the race also will be available at www.indycar.com.

RADIO:
Qualifying: IMS Radio Network, live web-cast, 5:15 p.m. (ET) Sept. 8
Qualifying wrapup: IMS Radio Network, 6:30 p.m. (ET), Sept. 8

Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 3:30 p.m. (ET), Sept. 9
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 4 p.m. (ET), Sept. 9

Live coverage of AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (5:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 8) and the race also will be available at www.indycar.com. The race broadcast is also available on XM Satellite Radio channel 145 "IndyCar Racing."

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Saturday, Sept. 8
8:15 -- 10 a.m. IndyCar Series practice (all cars/controlled release)
11 a.m. -- Noon IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
4:30 p.m. IndyCar Series AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (65 minute session)

Sunday, Sept. 9
3 p.m. PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean (200 laps/300 miles)

THE TRACK:
1.5-mile D-shaped asphalt oval; 75 feet wide
Frontstraight: 2,400 feet banked at 11 degrees
Backstraight: 1,700 feet banked at 5 degrees
Turns: Banked at 18 degrees
Width: 55 feet

* Chicagoland Speedway opened in 2001 and is ownedand operated by International Speedway Corp. The 1.5 mile D-shaped tri-oval speedway annually hosts the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, IndyCar Series, NASCAR Busch Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series and Indy Pro Series.

INDY-STYLE RACING IN CHICAGOLAND:

The first automobile race in Chicago occurred shortly after Thanksgiving in 1895, when eight racers, seeking a $2,000 prize offered by the Chicago Times-Herald, raced on a 52.4-mile course that began just south of what is today's Loop to Evanston.

Road racing continued between 1910 and 1915 (and again in 1919, 1920 and 1933), when the Elgin Watch Company sponsored a road-racing series through its hometown, Elgin, Ill., west of Chicago.

Oval racing came to Chicago when Illinois lumber baron Edward Hines built Chicago Speedway, a 2-mile, high-banked board track. The speedway held its first race on June 26, 1915, with future Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Resta claiming the victory.

Oval racing remained popular in Chicago as board tracks, and later dirt and paved ovals were built around the area for midget, sprint and champ car racing.

In 1999, Chip Ganassi headed a group of private investors who renovated Sportsman's Park and ran three Champ Car World Series events at the track before closing it in 2002.

The IndyCar Series made its debut at Chicagoland Speedway in 2001 with Jaques Lazier winning the first race.

INDYCAR SERIES NOTES:

* Five Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Buddy Rice (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005), Sam Hornish Jr. (2006) and Dario Franchitti (2007).

* Five IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean: Scott Sharp (1996 co-champion), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002 and 2006), Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).

* In 16 races thus far in 2007, there have been six winners. Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Dan Wheldon are multiple winners. Kanaan won at Twin Ring Motegi, Milwaukee, Michigan, Kentucky and Belle Isle, Dixon won at Watkins Glen, Nashville and Mid-Ohio and Infineon, Franchitti won at Indianapolis, Iowa and Richmond and Wheldon won at Homestead-Miami and Kansas. Other winners in 2007: Helio Castroneves at St. Petersburg and Sam Hornish Jr. at Texas. In those 16 races, 16 drivers have finished in the top five in at least one event.

* The PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean will be the last of six events in 2007 contested on a 1.5-mile track. Winners in 2007 on 1.5-mile tracks: Dan Wheldon (Homestead-Miami Speedway and Kansas Speedway), Tony Kanaan (Twin Ring Motegi and Kentucky) and Sam Hornish Jr. (Texas Motor Speedway).

* Dan Wheldon and Sam Hornish Jr. are the only former Chicagoland winners expected to participate in the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean. Wheldon is the two-time defending race winner at Chicagoland while Hornish won back-to-back races at Chicagoland in 2002 and 2003.

The next IndyCar Series event is the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 at Chicagoland Speedway. The race will be televised live by ABC and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. The next Indy Pro Series event is the Chicagoland 100 on Sept. 9 at Chicagoland Speedway. ESPN2's coverage of the race will be televised at 5 p.m. on Sept. 13.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Jaques Lazier  , Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr.