IRL: Indy 500: Round five pre-race notes, schedule

WHAT: IndyCar® Series: 91st Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, fifth race in 17-race 2007 season WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2.5-mile asphalt oval WHEN: IndyCar Series: 1 p.m. (ET), Sunday, May 27 DISTANCE: IndyCar Series: 200 laps/500 ...

WHAT:
IndyCar® Series: 91st Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, fifth race in 17-race 2007 season

WHERE:
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2.5-mile asphalt oval

WHEN:
IndyCar Series: 1 p.m. (ET), Sunday, May 27

DISTANCE:
IndyCar Series: 200 laps/500 miles

POSTED AWARDS:
IndyCar Series: More than $10 million

CARS:
IndyCar Series: Dallara and Panoz chassis; Honda Indy V-8 engines; Firestone tires; 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS:
IndyCar Series era: Sam Hornish Jr. (2006), Dan Wheldon (2005), Buddy Rice (2004), Gil de Ferran (2003), Helio Castroneves (2002, 2001), Juan Montoya (2000), Kenny Brack (1999), Eddie Cheever (1998), Arie Luyendyk (1997), Buddy Lazier (1996).

2006 SERIES CHAMPIONS:
IndyCar Series: Sam Hornish Jr.

TV:
IndyCar Series:
Race: ABC (live), Noon (EDT), May 27

RADIO:
IndyCar Series:
Qualifying: IMS Radio Network, Noon -- 2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m., May 12-13 and May 19-20; Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), Noon (EDT), May 27

Live coverage of Qualifying and the race also will be available at www.indycar.com and XM Satellite Radio channel 144 (XM Sports Nation and XM 145 "IndyCar Racing"

Live coverage of Qualifying and the race also will be available at www.indycar.com.

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

May 6: A.J. FOYT OPENING DAY PRESENTED BY THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR ROOKIE ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Noon-5 p.m.

May 7: ROOKIE ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Noon-5 p.m.

May 8-10: PRACTICE (All drivers)
Noon-6 p.m.

May 11: FAST FRIDAY PRACTICE (All drivers)
Noon-6 p.m.

May 12: POLE DAY QUALIFYING
9-11 a.m., Practice
Noon-6 p.m., AAMCO Transmissions Pole Qualifications
6 p.m., AAMCO Transmissions Pole Award Ceremony (Victory Podium)

May 13: SECOND DAY QUALIFYING/RILEY FAMILY DAY
10:15-11:15 a.m., Practice
Noon-6 p.m. Qualifications

May 16-18: PRACTICE (All drivers)
Noon-6 p.m.

May 19: COCA-COLA THROWBACK DAY QUALIFYING
10:15-11:15 a.m., Practice
Noon-6 p.m., Qualifications

May 20: ARMED FORCES DAY/BUMP DAY (Final day of qualifications)
10:15-11:15 a.m., Practice
Noon-6 p.m., Qualifications

May 25: MILLER LITE CARB DAY
11 a.m.-noon, IndyCar Series Practice
1:30-3 p.m., Checkers/Rally's Pit Stop Competition
3:30 p.m., Miller Lite Carb Day Concert

May 27: RACE DAY
1 p.m., 90th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race

THE TRACK:
Total track length: 2.5 miles
Front straight: 5/8-mile
Back straight: 5/8-mile
Turns: 1/4-mile
Short chutes: 1/8-mile
Turn banking: 9 degrees, 12 minutes
Straightaway banking: 0 degrees
Straightaway width: 50 feet
Turn width: 60 feet

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was constructed in 1909 with a 2.5-mile oval circuit. The Indianapolis 500 has taken place annually on the oval track since 1911, except during world wars in 1917-18 and 1942-45. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest spectator sporting facility in the world. The Speedway plays host to three of the largest-attended sporting events in the world: The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and the United States Grand Prix.

INDIANAPOLIS 500 NOTES:

* Six Indianapolis 500 champions are entered in the Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr. (1992, 1994), Buddy Lazier (1996), Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Buddy Rice (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2006).

* As of May 2, drivers entered in the Indianapolis 500 have combined for 88 IndyCar Series victories, 76 pole positions and 1,386 starts.

* The 91st Indianapolis 500-Mile Race will be the 12th IndyCar Series event conducted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is the only track to host an event in each of the previous 11 IndyCar Series seasons.

* Six IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the Indianapolis 500: Scott Sharp (1996 co-champion), Buddy Lazier (2000), Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002, 2006), Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).

INDYCAR SERIES MILESTONES:

* Dan Wheldon won his 13th IndyCar Series race at Kansas Speedway, giving himself sole possession of second place on the IndyCar Series all-time victory list.

* Dan Wheldon has led 484 of 700 laps this season or 69.1 percent of all laps. Tony Kanaan holds the IndyCar Series record for most-laps led with 889 during the 2004 season.

* Sam Hornish Jr. can tie the record that Helio Castroneves and Scott Sharp share for most consecutive seasons with at least one win should he win the Kansas Lottery Indy 300. Sharp claimed at least one win from 1997-2003 while Castroneves has won in every season since 2001.

* Scott Sharp needs one win to earn his 10th IndyCar Series victory and Sharp will attempt to extend his series record for consecutive starts to 126 straight races at Indianapolis

* Vitor Meira has gone 62 starts without a victory in the IndyCar Series, the longest drought of any IndyCar Series driver.

* Three women, Milka Duno, Sarah Fisher and Danica Patrick, started the Kansas Lottery Indy 300, the first time that more than two women have started an IndyCar Series event.

-credit: irl

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Milka Duno , Sarah Fisher , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornish Jr. , Danica Patrick , Vitor Meira