IRL: SunTrust Indy Challenge Richmond fact sheet

Suntrust Indy Challenge Fact Sheet <pre> WHAT: Inaugural Indy Racing Northern Light Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Round seven of the 13-race schedule. WHEN: Saturday, June 30 2001, 8:00 p.m., EDT. WHERE: ...

Suntrust Indy Challenge

Fact Sheet <pre> WHAT: Inaugural Indy Racing Northern Light Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Round seven of the 13-race schedule.

WHEN: Saturday, June 30 2001, 8:00 p.m., EDT.

WHERE: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA.

TV/RADIO: ESPN (Live). Live on the IMS Radio Network and 1140 AM WRVA (Richmond).

QUALIFYING: Friday, June 29, 3:30 p.m.

SUPPORT RACES: Richmond Times-Dispatch 150 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series, Friday, June 29, 8:00 p.m.

Dominic's of New York 100 USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series, Saturday, June 30, 5:00 p.m.

RACE LENGTH: 300K (250 laps).

DEFENDING RACE

CHAMPION: Inaugural event.

DEFENDING Inaugural event.

POLE SITTER:

TICKETS: Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 804-345-7223. Thursday: Practice is free to the public. Friday and Saturday: General admission tickets for children 12 and under free when accompanied by a paying adult. Adult tickets are $20 on Friday (general admission). Reserved seats for Saturday are $35 and general admission are $30.

PARKING: Free on Richmond International Raceway grounds.

SUNTRUST INDY CHALLENGE Indy Racing Northern Light Series race

The top speeds for SunTrust INDY Challenge qualifying should exceed 165 mph, more than 40 mph faster and four seconds quicker than NASCAR Winston Cup cars. Next to a Winston Cup car at those qualifying speeds, an Indy Car would lap a Winston Cup car at Richmond in approximately four laps.

More than a dozen IRL drivers have tested at Richmond International Raceway since April. Greg Ray recorded the fastest lap under the lights on May 31(164.134 mph, 16.45 seconds).

This will mark the series' first appearance at a track shorter than a mile. The 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series schedule includes 13 races at 12 different tracks.

The cars have 3.5 liter, normally aspirated (no turbocharger) engines that have a maximum RPM of 10,700. Winston Cup cars have a maximum RPM of 8,100.

Through six races, Sam Hornish, Jr. leads the standings with 229 points. Eliseo Salazar stands in second with 173 points, followed by Scott Sharp, defending series champion Buddy Lazier and rookie Felipe Giaffone. Past Indy 500 champions participating in the SunTrust Indy Challenge include Al Unser, Jr., Eddie Cheever, Jr. and Buddy Lazier.

Sarah Fisher recorded the best finish ever by a woman in Indy-style racing when she finished second at Homestead-Miami Speedway earlier this year.

-IRNLS/IMS-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Greg Ray , Felipe Giaffone , Eddie Cheever , Eliseo Salazar , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Tim Richmond , Sam Hornis