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84th Indianapolis 500 FAST FACTS WHAT: 84th INDIANAPOLIS 500 "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" Fourth of nine races in 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2.5-mile paved superspeedway WHEN: Noon...

84th Indianapolis 500 FAST FACTS

WHAT: 84th INDIANAPOLIS 500
"Greatest Spectacle in Racing"
Fourth of nine races in 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season

WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2.5-mile paved superspeedway

WHEN: Noon (EDT) Sunday, May 28

DISTANCE: 500 miles/200 laps

POSTED AWARDS: More than $9 million

CARS: Dallara, G Force and Riley & Scott chassis; Oldsmobile V8 and Infiniti Indy V8 engines; Firestone tires

1999 RACE WINNER: Kenny Brack

1999 NORTHERN LIGHT SERIES CHAMPION: Greg Ray

2000 NORTHERN LIGHT SERIES POINTS LEADER: Robbie Buhl

TV:

(Pre-Race)

ABC (live), 11 a.m. (EDT), May 28

(Race)

ABC (live), noon (EDT), May 28
Host: Al Michaels
Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Tom Sneva, Arie Luyendyk
Pit reporters: Jack Arute, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
Behind the scenes reporter: Leslie Gudel

(Pole Day Qualifying, May 20)

ESPN (live), noon-2:30 p.m. (EDT)
ABC (live), 2:30-4:30 p.m.
ESPN2 (live), 4:30-7 p.m.
Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Tom Sneva
Pit reporters: Jack Arute, Vince Welch
Behind the scenes reporter: Leslie Gudel

(MBNA Bump Day Qualifying, May 21)

ESPN (live), noon-1 p.m.
ABC (live), 2:30-4:30 p.m.
ESPN2 (live), 4:30-7 p.m.
Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Tom Sneva
Pit reporters: Jack Arute, Vince Welch
Behind the scenes reporter: Leslie Gudel

RADIO:

(Race)
Indy Racing Radio Network (live), noon (EDT) May 28
Pre-race show starts at 11 a.m.
Area affiliates: WFBQ-FM 94.7, WFMS-FM 95.5, WIBC-AM 1070, WMYS-AM 1430, WNDE-AM 1260, Indianapolis
Anchor: Mike King; Analyst: Chris Economaki; Driver Expert: Johnny Rutherford; Historian: Donald Davidson; Turn 1 reporter: Jerry Baker; Turn 2: Ken Double; Turn 3: Mark Jaynes; Turn 4: Bob Lamey; Pit reporters: Chris Denari, Mike Lewis, Larry Rice; Scoring reporter: Howdy Bell; Garage and medical center reporter: Chuck Marlow

(Pole Day Qualifying, May 20)
"Indy AM" (live) noon-2 p.m. (EDT)
"Indy PM" (live) 6-7 p.m. (EDT)
"Track Action Updates" every half hour from 12:45-7:15 p.m. (EDT)
Anchor: Mike King; Analyst: Larry Rice; Historian: Donald Davidson; Pit reporters: Chris Denari, Ken Double, Mark Jaynes

(MBNA Bump Day Qualifying, May 20)
"Indy AM" (live) 1-2 p.m. (EDT)
"Indy PM" (live) 6-7 p.m. (EDT)
"Track Action Updates" every half hour from 12:45-7:15 p.m. (EDT)
Anchor: Mike King; Analyst: Larry Rice; Historian: Donald Davidson; Pit reporters: Chris Denari, Ken Double, Mark Jaynes

SCHEDULE (all times local):

(Saturday, May 13)
"Family Day" - Children 12 and younger receive free admission with adult, first 5,000 fans receive "retro" souvenir pennant
9 a.m.: Gates open to public
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Indy Racing Northern Light Series practice
Admission: $5 (Ages 13 and older)

(Sunday, May 14 - Friday, May 19)

9 a.m.: Gates open to public
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Indy Racing Northern Light Series practice
Admission: $5 (Ages 5 and younger free)

(Saturday, May 20, Pole Day)

8 a.m.: Gates open to public
8-10 a.m.: Indy Racing Northern Light Series practice
10 a.m.: Qualifications ceremonies
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Indy Racing Northern Light Series qualifications
6 p.m.: PPG Pole winner ceremony
Admission: $10 (Ages 5 and younger free)

(Sunday, May 21, MBNA Bump Day/Armed Forces Day)
8 a.m.: Gates open to public
10-11:15 a.m.: Indy Racing Northern Light Series practice
11:15 a.m.: Armed Forces Day ceremony
Noon - 6 p.m.: Indy Racing Northern Light Series qualifications
Admission: $10 (Ages 5 and younger free)

TRACK RECORDS:

(Qualifying, one lap)

Arie Luyendyk, Reynard/Ford Cosworth/Firestone, 237.498 mph, May 12, 1996

(Qualifying, four laps)
Arie Luyendyk, Reynard/Ford Cosworth/Firestone, 236.986 mph, May 12, 1996

(Race)

Arie Luyendyk, Lola/Chevy Indy V8/Goodyear, 2 hours, 41 minutes, 18.404 seconds, May 27, 1990. Average speed: 185.981 mph

THE TRACK:

Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
2.5-mile paved superspeedway, with a 36-inch strip of original bricks a few inches south of the start/finish line.
Front and back straightaways: 5/8-mile each
"Short chute" straightaways (located between Turns 1 and 2 and Turns 3 and 4: 1/8-mile each
Four turns: 1/4-mile each
Width: Straightaways, 50 feet; Turns, 60 feet
Banking: 9 degrees, 12 minutes in turns
Facility opened in August 1909. The Speedway is the largest sports seating facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats

THE RACE:

* The Indianapolis 500 has taken place annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1911 with the exception of the World War years (World War I, 1917-1918 and World War II, 1942-1945). It is the oldest automobile race in the United States.

* The Indianapolis 500 is the largest single-day sporting event in the world.

RACE NOTES:

* As of May 11, 94 cars are entered for the Indianapolis 500 (including backups): 45 Dallara chassis, 40 G Force, six Riley & Scott and three chassis that have yet to be announced.

* Forty-two drivers have been assigned to cars as of May 11.

* Three Indianapolis 500 winners are expected to compete in this event: Al Unser Jr. (1992 and 1994 winner), Buddy Lazier (1996 winner) and Eddie Cheever Jr. (1998 winner).

* Two former PPG Pole winners are entered for the event: Al Unser Jr. (1994) and Billy Boat (1998).

* Unser will make his first attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 since 1995. In 1995, Unser became the first defending Indianapolis 500 champion to fail to qualify for the event.

* Al Unser Jr. has the most previous starts of any driver scheduled to participate, with 12. Unser's father, Al Unser, is a four-time Indianapolis 500 champion (1970, '71, '78 and '87). His uncle, Bobby Unser, is a three-time race winner (1968, '75 and '81). Al Unser Jr.'s cousin, Johnny Unser, will attempt to qualify a car for the Indianapolis 500 entered by Indy Regency Racing.

* If Al Unser Jr. wins the Indianapolis 500 this year, he will become one of only 10 drivers to win the race at least three times. The nine drivers who have won at least three times: A.J. Foyt (1961, '64, '67, '77), Al Unser (1970, '71, '78, '87), Rick Mears (1979, '84, '88, '91), Louis Meyer (1928, '33, '36), Wilbur Shaw (1937, '39, '40), Mauri Rose (1941, '47, '48), Johnny Rutherford (1974, '76, '80) and Bobby Unser (1968, '75, '81).

* Al Unser Jr. won the most recent Northern Light Series race, the Vegas Indy 300 in April at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in the Galles ECR Racing Tickets.com-Starz Encore Super Pak G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone, and is fourth in the season point standings, 31 points behind series point leader Robbie Buhl. Unser was 25th in points after the season-opening Delphi Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway in January.

* Robbie Buhl is also entered in this event. Buhl was the first points leader of the 2000 season after winning the Delphi Indy 200 in the Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone. Buhl lost the lead to Buddy Lazier after Lazier won the MCI WorldCom Indy 200 at Phoenix March 19, then regained the lead after finishing fifth at Las Vegas.

* Twelve rookies are scheduled to compete for a starting position in the 2000 Indianapolis 500. They include: Airton Dare (TeamXtreme), Doug Didero (Mid America Motorsports), Dan Drinan (Hemelgarn Racing), Sarah Fisher (Walker Racing), Memo Gidley (Team Pelfrey), Andy Hillenburg (Fast Track Racing Enterprises), Sam Hornish Jr. (PDM Racing), Ronnie Johncox (Jonathan Byrd/McCormack Motorsports), Jaques Lazier (Truscelli Team Racing), Jason Leffler (Treadway Racing), Juan Montoya (Target/Chip Ganassi Racing) and Guy Smith (March Racing International).

* Only six rookies have won the Indianapolis 500: Ray Harroun (1911), Jules Goux (1913), Rene Thomas (1914), Frank Lockhart (1926), George Souders (1927) and Graham Hill (1966).

* Only three rookies have started from the pole position, other than the inaugural in 1911: Walt Faulkner (1950), Teo Fabi (1983) and Tony Stewart (1996).

* Montoya and teammate Jimmy Vasser are the only two regular competitors in the CART series who will attempt to qualify for this year's race. Both will drive G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone entries for Target/Chip Ganassi Racing. Montoya is the 1999 CART series champion, and Vasser won the title in 1996. Vasser's last start at Indianapolis took place in 1995. He started ninth and finished 22nd after an accident in Turn 3 ended his day on Lap 170. Vasser led at the time.

* Sixteen drivers have won from the pole position, more than any other starting spot. Arie Luyendyk was the last to do so, in 1997.

* In the first three Indy Racing Northern Light Series events of 2000, the race winner has started 21st or deeper in the field. The deepest in the Indianapolis 500 field that a winner has started was 28th, in 1911 (Ray Harroun) and 1936 (Louis Meyer). However, in 1911, the field was set according to order of entry for the race, and in 1936 a 10-lap qualifying format was used (this qualifying arrangement was used between 1933 and 1938). The farthest back a winner started the race using the current four-lap qualifying format was 27th, when Fred Frame won in 1932.

* Buddy Lazier is the only driver to finish in the Top 10 of every Indianapolis 500 since the Indy Racing League was formed in 1996. Lazier won the event in 1996, finished fourth in 1997, second in 1998 and seventh in 1999.

* The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will salute six Indianapolis legends during the week leading up to qualifications:

Joe Leonard, May 14 Duke Nalon, May 15 Emerson Fittipaldi, May 16 Rick Mears, May 17 Mario Andretti, May 18 Andy Granatelli, May 19

* This is the 20th year for the annual Special Olympics Save Arnold Barbecue. Northern Light Series drivers will assist in friendly competition in various sports for Special Olympians from around Indiana. The event, which has raised more than $1 million for Special Olympics of Indiana since its inception, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on May 14 in the Speedway infield.

SERIES NOTES:

* Several Indy Racing Northern Light Series rookies have momentum coming into the Indianapolis 500 after solid performances at the Vegas Indy 300 in April at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sam Hornish Jr. finished third and Jeret Schroeder finished fourth. Although a Northern Light Series rookie, Schroeder is not considered a rookie at Indianapolis because he competed in the 1999 event, starting 21st and finishing 15th. Airton Dare led at Vegas when his gearbox malfunctioned on Lap 171, dropping him to a 14th-place finish. Sarah Fisher was running second when she made contact with the Turn 4 wall on Lap 126. She finished 17th.

* Jeret Schroeder leads the Northern Light Series Rookie of the Year point standings with 61. Hornish is second with 58 and Dare third with 43.

* Scott Sharp will become the all-time victory leader in the Northern Light Series if he wins the Indianapolis 500. Sharp is tied with the retired Arie Luyendyk and Kenny Brack, the 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner, with four career victories. Sharp's most recent win was the Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 presented by MCI WorldCom in Atlanta on July 17, 1999. Brack now competes for team owner Bobby Rahal in the CART series.

* Five drivers have been running at the finish of all three Indy Racing Northern Light Series events in 2000: Billy Boat, Robbie Buhl, Tyce Carlson, Eddie Cheever Jr. and Jeret Schroeder. All are in the Top 12 in the point standings.

<pre> STATISTICS:

2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series point standings 1. Robbie Buhl 108 2. Buddy Lazier 98 3. Scott Goodyear 90 4. Al Unser Jr. 77 5. Billy Boat 76 6. Mark Dismore 75 7. Eliseo Salazar 74

Eddie Cheever Jr. 74 9. Donnie Beechler 67 10.Jeret Schroeder 61

2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series money leaders 1. Buddy Lazier $243,650 2. Robbie Buhl $234,700 3. Mark Dismore $195,250 4. Scott Goodyear $170,750 5. Al Unser Jr. $161,900 6. Eddie Cheever Jr. $161,750 7. Donnie Beechler $151,950 8. Eliseo Salazar $145,300 9. Billy Boat $137,900 10. Scott Sharp $135,000

2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series wins 1. Robbie Buhl 1 Buddy Lazier 1 Al Unser Jr. 1

2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series rookie points 1. Jeret Schroeder 61 2. Sam Hornish Jr. 58 3. Airton Dare 43 4. Doug Didero 32 5. Sarah Fisher 30

2000 Net Race Live lap leaders 1. Mark Dismore 122 2. Buddy Lazier 92 3. Greg Ray 91 4. Scott Sharp 59 5. Robbie Buhl 54

2000 MBNA Poles 1. Greg Ray 1

Mark Dismore 1

2000 wins by chassis 1. G Force 2 2. Riley & Scott 1

2000 wins by engine 1. Oldsmobile 3

-IMS/IRL-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Guy Smith , Sarah Fisher , Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Robbie Buhl , Eliseo Salazar , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Airton Daré , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Jeret Schroeder , Jaques Lazier  , Donnie Beechler , Bobby Rahal , Kenny Brack , Andy Hillenburg , Mario Andretti , Al Unser Sr. , Rick Mears , Bobby Unser , Tom Sneva , Joe Leonard , Jules Goux , René Thomas , Emerson Fittipaldi , Ronnie Johncox , Chip Ganassi , Dan Drinan , Teo Fabi , Graham Hill , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Johnny Rutherford
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing