IRL: Richmond Int'l Raceway pre-race notes

SUNTRUST INDY CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY XM INDYCAR SERIES RACE TO FEATURE INTENSE BATTLE AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Richmond, VA (June 28, 2007)--How do you compare racing a NASCAR stock car to driving an IndyCar® Series car around the ...

SUNTRUST INDY CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY XM INDYCAR SERIES RACE TO FEATURE INTENSE BATTLE AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Richmond, VA (June 28, 2007)--How do you compare racing a NASCAR stock car to driving an IndyCar® Series car around the ¾-mile D-shaped oval at Richmond International Raceway? Some would say it's like night and day, as the IndyCar Series drivers turn 16-second laps, compared to NASCAR's 20-second laps. That's a difference of nearly 50 mph! Former IndyCar Series champion Dan Wheldon sums it up just before Saturday night's SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM IndyCar Series race.

"The NASCAR cars here look like taxi cabs in New York compared to how we (IndyCar Series) go around here," said Wheldon, who won the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway in 2004. "It's incredibly intense. I kid you not, it's very, very physically intense and mentally intense. The radius of these corners are incredibly tight. Then you put 20 or 21 cars on the same track--a short track--it's intense. That's why I think fans love this race."

Wheldon returns with Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, defending series champion Sam Hornish Jr., Marco Andretti, Danica Patrick, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Milka Duno, and the rest of the IndyCar Series stars this weekend for the SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM on Saturday, June 30.

Winning at Richmond International Raceway can be considered quite an accomplishment because it's the shortest track on the circuit, which makes for hardcore battles.

"It's so rewarding to win here because it's such a challenging track," said Wheldon.

Wheldon will be making his fifth career start Saturday night. In four previous races, the Englishman has never finished worse than ninth.

-credit: rir

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Milka Duno , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Marco Andretti , Sam Hornish Jr. , Danica Patrick