<pre> Ameristar Casino Indy 200 FAST FACTS WHAT: Ameristar Casino Indy 200; eighth of 13 races in 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season WHERE: Kansas Speedway, 1.5-mile paved oval WHEN: Noon (CDT) Sunday, July 8 DISTANCE:...
<pre> Ameristar Casino Indy 200 FAST FACTS
WHAT: Ameristar Casino Indy 200; eighth of 13 races in 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season
WHERE: Kansas Speedway, 1.5-mile paved oval
WHEN: Noon (CDT) Sunday, July 8
DISTANCE: 300 miles/200 laps
POSTED AWARDS: More than $1 million
CARS: Dallara and G Force chassis; Oldsmobile V8 and Infiniti Indy V8 3.5-liter engines; Firestone tires
2000 RACE WINNER: This is the inaugural Indy Racing Northern Light Series event at Kansas Speedway.
CURRENT SERIES POINTS LEADER: Sam Hornish Jr.
TV: (Pre-Race) Indy Racing 2Day ESPN2 (live), 11 a.m. (EDT), July 8
(Race) ABC (live), 1 p.m. (EDT), July 8 Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Larry Rice, Jason Priestley Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute Replay: ESPN, 1 p.m. (EDT), July 13
(Qualifying) ESPN2 (tape delay), 6-7 p.m. (EDT) July 7 Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Larry Rice Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute, Jason Priestley
RADIO: (Race) IMS Radio Network (live), 1 p.m. (EDT) July 8 Pre-race show starts at 12:30 p.m. Qualifying wrap-up show, 5:30 p.m. July 7 Host: Mike King; Analyst: Johnny Parsons Jr. Announcer: Jerry Baker Sr. Pit Reporter: Mark Jaynes; Pit reporter: Kim Morris Area affiliate: WHB-AM 810, Kansas City, Mo.
SCHEDULE (all times local): (Friday, July 6) 8 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Practice (two groups) 4:15-5:45 p.m.: Practice (two groups)
(Saturday, July 7) 8 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens 9:45-10:45 p.m.: Practice (two groups) 3:15 p.m.: MBNA Pole Qualifying 5:15 p.m.: Autograph session (Outside grandstands)
(Sunday, July 8) 7 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens 8:30-9 a.m.: Final practice (All cars) 11 a.m.: Cars to grid Noon: Ameristar Casino Indy 200 (300 miles/200 laps)
THE TRACK: 1.5-mile tri-oval racetrack Frontstraight: 2,685 feet Backstraight: 2,207 feet Turns: 1,697 feet Width: 55 feet Banking: Turns-15 degrees; Frontstraight-10.4 degrees; Backstraight-5 degrees </pre> Ground was broken on the new Kansas Speedway on May 25, 1999, five days before the 83rd running of the Indianapolis 500. The speedway is the largest tourist attraction in the state of Kansas with grandstand seating for 75,000 spectators. Upon completion of the final phase of construction, the track could seat the entire population of the Virgin Islands, 150,000. About 11 million cubic yards of dirt were moved during construction. That is equal to 1 million dump truck loads or enough to fill an NFL stadium five times. To equal the amount of storm pipe used in the speedway, the Sears Tower in Chicago would be laid end to end 45 times. Frank Kimmel won the NASCAR Winston West Kansas 100 on June 2, the first race at the new facility.