IRL: Texas: Fast facts

Boomtown 500 Fast Facts WHAT: Boomtown 500; sixth race in 15-race 2002 Indy Racing League season WHERE: Texas Motor Speedway, 1.5-mile paved tri-oval WHEN: 7 p.m. (CDT) Saturday, June 8 DISTANCE: 300 miles/200 laps POSTED AWARDS: More...

Boomtown 500
Fast Facts

WHAT:
Boomtown 500; sixth race in 15-race 2002 Indy Racing League season

WHERE:
Texas Motor Speedway, 1.5-mile paved tri-oval

WHEN:
7 p.m. (CDT) Saturday, June 8

DISTANCE:
300 miles/200 laps

POSTED AWARDS:
More than $1 million

CARS:
Dallara and G Force chassis; Chevy Indy V8 and Infiniti Indy V8 3.5-liter engines; Firestone tires

2001 RACE WINNER:
Scott Sharp

2001 INDY RACING LEAGUE CHAMPION:
Sam Hornish Jr.

2002 POINTS LEADER:
Helio Castroneves

TV:

(Pre-Race)
ESPN2 (live), 7:30 p.m. (EDT), June 8
"Indy Racing 2Day"

(Race)
ESPN (live), 8 p.m. (EDT), June 8

RADIO:

(Race)
IMS Radio Network (live), 8 p.m. (EDT), June 8
Pre-race show starts at 7:30 p.m. (EDT)

SCHEDULE (all times local):

(Thursday, June 6)
10 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens
3-4 p.m.: Practice (Two groups)
5:45-7:15 p.m.: Practice (Two groups)
8:45 p.m.: MBNA Pole Qualifying

(Friday, June 7)
10 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens
1:45-2:45 p.m.: Practice (Two groups)
5:15-5:45 p.m.: Final practice (All cars)
6 p.m. Autograph session (Garage area)

(Saturday, June 8)
10 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens
6 p.m.: Cars to grid
7 p.m.: Boomtown 500 (300 miles/200 laps)

THE TRACK:
1.5-mile paved oval
Front straightaway: 2,250 feet
Back straightaway: 1,330 feet
Turns: 750 feet
Width: 58 feet (minimum)
Banking: Straightaways: 5 degrees; Turns: 24 degrees

Texas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc., which also owns Bristol, Las Vegas, Lowe's and Atlanta Motor Speedways, and Sears Point Raceway. The Texas facility, which opened in 1997, features 154,861 permanent seats and 144 luxury suites. The Speedway Club in Turn 1 houses the speedway's corporate offices, a restaurant and one of the largest health clubs in Texas. The speedway also features the Lone Star Tower, a luxury condominium and office complex located in Turn 2. It is the second-largest sports facility in the country. In addition to the Indy Racing League, TMS plays host to virtually every type of motorsports including the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Pennzoil World of Outlaws and many others. The 1.5-mile asphalt oval was repaved last summer.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Sam Hornish Jr.