IRL: Detroit: Round 16 pre-race notes

Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone Fast Facts WHAT: Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone, 16th race in 17-race 2007 season WHERE: Raceway at Belle Isle, 14-turn, 2.125-mile temporary street circuit WHEN: 3:30 p.m. (ET),...

Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone Fast Facts

WHAT: Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone, 16th race in 17-race 2007 season

WHERE: Raceway at Belle Isle, 14-turn, 2.125-mile temporary street circuit

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Sept. 2

DISTANCE: 90 laps/191.25 miles

POSTED AWARDS: More than $1 million

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

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS: Inaugural event

2006 SERIES CHAMPIONS: Sam Hornish Jr.

TV: Race: ABC (live), 3:30 p.m. (ET), Sept. 2

Note: Live streaming video coverage of practice and AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (11:45 a.m., (ET) Sept. 1) is available at www.indycar.com and www.espn360.com.

RADIO:
Qualifying: IMS Radio Network, live web-cast, 11:30 a.m. (ET) Sept. 1
Qualifying wrap up: IMS Radio Network, 3:30 p.m.

Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 3 p.m. (ET), Sept. 2
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 3:30 p.m. (ET), Sept. 2

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, Aug. 31
10:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.IndyCar Series practice #1 (all cars)
2 -- 3 p.m.IndyCar Series practice #2 (two groups)

Saturday, Sept. 1
8:45 -- 9:45 a.m.IndyCar Series practice #3 (two groups)
11:45 a.m. -- 1:15 p.m.IndyCar Series AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifying (single-car, single lap followed by Firestone Fast Six shootout)

Sunday, Sept. 2
10:30 -- 11 a.m.IndyCar Series warmup
3 p.m.Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone pre-race
3:30 p.m.Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone (90 laps/184.5 miles) ABC (Live)

THE TRACK:
2.125 -mile temporary street circuit; with a minimum width of 34 feet.
Mainstraight: 1st: 1,000 feet; 2nd: 830 feet
Backstretch: 1st: 2,500 feet; 2nd: 1,100 feet
Turns: 14

A 982-acre island in the Detroit River, Belle Isle is managed by the Detroit Department of Parks and Recreation. It was home to the Detroit Grand Prix from 1992-2001, utilizing a temporary street circuit that was constructed specifically for the grand prix. Beginning in 2007, it will again host open-wheel cars with the IndyCar Series racing there for the first time.

INDY CAR RACING IN DETROIT:

With Detroit serving as the Automotive Capital of the World, it's fitting that auto racing returns to the Motor City in 2007.

The Detroit Grand Prix was originally contested on a 2.5-mile street circuit located around the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Formula One initially competed on the course (1982-1888) then CART held three races on the course.

In 1992, the race was moved to the streets of Belle Isle Park, an island located on the Detroit River, approximately two miles from downtown. Helio Castroneves won the final two races held on Belle Isle in 2000 and 2001.

INDYCAR SERIES NOTES:

*Five Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone: 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 Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone: Scott Sharp (1996 co-champion), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002, 2006), Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).

*Drivers entered in the Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone have combined for 87 IndyCar Series victories, 83 IndyCar Series pole positions and 1,300 IndyCar Series starts.

*The Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone is the last of five road/street course races in the 2007 season. Helio Castroneves (St. Petersburg) and Scott Dixon (Watkins Glen International, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Infineon Raceway) won the previous events.

*In 14 races thus far in 2007, there have been six winners. Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Dan Wheldon are multiple winners. Franchitti won at Indianapolis, Iowa and Richmond. Wheldon won at Homestead-Miami and Kansas, Dixon won at Watkins Glen, Nashville, Mid-Ohio and Infineon and Kanaan won at Twin Ring Motegi, Milwaukee, Michigan and Kentucky. Other winners in 2007: Helio Castroneves at St. Petersburg, Sam Hornish Jr. at Texas. In those 14 races, 16 drivers have finished in the top five in at least one event.

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The next IndyCar Series event is the Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 at the Raceway at Belle Isle. 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 , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornish Jr.