WHAT: The Belterra Resort Indy 300; eighth of nine races in 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season WHERE: Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile paved tri-oval WHEN: 2:30 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Aug. 27 DISTANCE: 300 miles/200 laps POSTED...
The Belterra Resort Indy 300; eighth of nine races in 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season
Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile paved tri-oval
2:30 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Aug. 27
300 miles/200 laps
More than $1 million
Dallara, G Force and Riley & Scott chassis; Oldsmobile V8 and Infiniti Indy V8 engines; Firestone tires
1999 RACE WINNER:
First Indy Racing event at Kentucky Speedway
CURRENT SERIES POINTS LEADER:
<pre> TV: (Pre-Race) "Indy Racing 2Day" ESPN2 (live), 11 a.m. (EDT) Aug. 27
ESPN (live), 2:30 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 27 Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Tom Sneva Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute
ESPN2 (tape-delayed), 5 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 26 Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Tom Sneva Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute
Indy Racing Radio Network (live), 2:30 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 27 Pre-race show starts at 2 p.m. Area affiliate: WIKT-FM 95.3, Carrollton, Ky. Host: Mike King Pit reporters: Chris Denari, Mark Jaynes Turns: Jerry Baker
Indy Racing Radio Network (live), 2:30 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 26 Area affiliate: WIKT-FM 95.3, Carrollton, Ky. Host: Mike King
SCHEDULE (all times local):
(Friday, Aug. 25)
7 a.m.: Northern Light Series garage opens 11:15 a.m-12:45 p.m.: Northern Light Series practice (two groups) 2:45 p.m-3:30 p.m.: Northern Light Series practice (two groups)
(Saturday, Aug. 26)
7 a.m.: Northern Light Series garage opens 9:30-11 a.m.: Northern Light Series practice (two groups) 12:15 p.m.: MBNA Pole qualifying
(Sunday, Aug. 27) 7 a.m.: Northern Light Series garage opens 10-10:30 a.m.: Final Northern Light Series practice 1:30 p.m.: Northern Light Series cars to grid 2:30 p.m.: The Belterra Resort 300 (200 laps/300 miles)
Kentucky Speedway 1.5 mile paved tri-oval Length of frontstretch (including tri-oval): 1,662 feet Length of backstretch: 1,600 feet Turns: 703.92-foot radius Track width: 70 feet Banking: Backstraight, 4 degrees; Turns, 14 degrees Pit road length: 2,800 feet
Groundbreaking for Kentucky Speedway took place July 18, 1998. The facility has 65,989 permanent seats, 50 luxury suites and 100 private recreational-vehicle spaces along the backstretch. The private Kentucky Club has a capacity of 210 while the Exterior Club accommodates 2,000. The inaugural event was the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro "Kentucky 150" on June 16, 2000, won by Billy Bigley Jr. </pre> THE RACE:
(The Belterra Resort 300 marks the first time the Indy Racing Northern Light Series has visited the new Kentucky Speedway.
(Three former Indianapolis 500 champions are entered in this event: Eddie Cheever Jr. (1998), Buddy Lazier (1996) and Al Unser Jr. (1992, 1994).
(Seven of the top-10 finishers from the 84th Indianapolis 500 are entered in the Midas 500 Classic, including Buddy Lazier (second place), Eliseo Salazar (third), Jeff Ward (fourth), Eddie Cheever Jr. (fifth), Stephan Gregoire (eighth), Scott Goodyear (ninth) and Scott Sharp (10th).
(Buddy Lazier is the Indy Racing Northern Light Series points leader with a 208-185 lead over second-place Eddie Cheever Jr. Lazier won the MCI WorldCom 200 on March 19 at Phoenix after starting last. Lazier has also finished second three times in 2000, at Walt Disney World, Indianapolis and Atlanta.
(Al Unser Jr., is continuing his first year in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. He is sixth in the point standings in the Galles ECR Racing Tickets.com Starz Encore Superpak G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone. Unser earned his first Northern Light Series victory April 22 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Unser competed in the Indianapolis 500 this year for the first time since 1994, finishing 29th due to engine overheating.
(19-year-old rookie Sarah Fisher is entered in The Belterra Resort Indy 300. Fisher, driving for Walker Racing this season, turned a lap of 218.517 mph to lead the speed chart in the Northern Light Series Open Test on July 1-2 at Kentucky Speedway. Fisher became only the third woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in May, starting 19th and finishing 31st after an accident.
(Defending Indy Racing Northern Light Series champion Greg Ray is looking to become the first repeat winner in the series since he won at Dover and Pikes Peak back-to-back in August 1999. Ray won the Midas 500 Classic at Atlanta on July 15, leading 182 of the 208 laps. He set a series record by winning from the MBNA Pole for the third time in his career. Ray is 11th in points.
(The top 18 drivers in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series point standings are still mathematically eligible to win the Northern Light Cup and a $1 million championship bonus from series sponsor Northern Light.
(There have been seven different winners in seven races this year.
(Eddie Cheever Jr. gave the Nissan Infiniti engine its first win in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series in the Radisson Indy 200 on June 18 at Pikes Peak. Cheever led the points chase after Pikes Peak, but an engine problem in the Midas 500 Classic at Atlanta caused him to finish 21st, dropping him to second in the point standings behind Buddy Lazier.
(Jeret Schroeder leads Airton Dare, 118-113, in the RaceSearch.com Rookie of the Year standings. Both have two top-10 finishes this year. Dare finished second at Pikes Peak and 10th at Texas, while Schroeder finished fourth at Las Vegas and seventh at Pikes Peak. <pre> STATISTICS: 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series point standings 1. Buddy Lazier 208 2. Eddie Cheever Jr. 185 3. Scott Goodyear 175 4. Scott Sharp 173 Eliseo Salazar 173 6. Al Unser Jr. 170 7. Mark Dismore 167 8. Robbie Buhl 161 9. Donnie Beechler 154 10. Robby McGehee 152
2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series money leaders 1. Juan Montoya $1,235,690 2. Buddy Lazier $993,800 3. Eliseo Salazar $743,100 4. Greg Ray $732,800 5. Eddie Cheever Jr. $732,750 6. Scott Sharp $697,050 7. Scott Goodyear $648,450 8. Al Unser Jr. $643,800 9. Mark Dismore $635,450 10. Robbie Buhl $612,400
2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series wins 1. Robbie Buhl 1 Eddie Cheever Jr. 1 Buddy Lazier 1 Juan Montoya 1 Greg Ray 1 Scott Sharp 1 Al Unser Jr. 1
2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series rookie points 1. Jeret Schroeder 118 2. Airton Daré 113 3. Sam Hornish Jr. 85 4. Sarah Fisher 70 5. Shigeaki Hattori 59
2000 Net Race Live lap leaders 1. Greg Ray 299 2. Scott Sharp 174 3. Juan Montoya 167 4. Buddy Lazier 156 5. Mark Dismore 154
2000 MBNA Poles* 1. Greg Ray 4 Mark Dismore 1
2000 wins by chassis 1. G Force 3 2. Dallara 3 3. Riley & Scott 1
2000 wins by engine 1. Oldsmobile 6 2. Nissan 1
*Walt Disney World and first Texas qualifying canceled due to rain.