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DIXON EYES RECORD-SETTING FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WIN AT THE GLEN Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen Date / Time Sunday, July 6 3:30 p.m. (EDT) Track Watkins Glen International Distance 60 laps / 204 miles TV ABC ...

DIXON EYES RECORD-SETTING FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WIN AT THE GLEN

Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen

Date / Time
Sunday, July 6
3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Track
Watkins Glen International

Distance
60 laps / 204 miles

TV
ABC (Live)

Radio
IMS Radio Network / XM Satellite Radio (Live)

2007 Winner
Scott Dixon

2007 Polesitter
Helio Castroneves

Watkins Glen International
11-turn, 3.4-mile natural terrain road course
First IndyCar Series race in 2005

Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen Race Notes:

The Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen will be the fourth IndyCar Series event conducted at Watkins Glen International. Scott Dixon has won all three previous races.

Helio Castroneves has won all three PEAK Motor Oil Pole Awards at Watkins Glen.

Twelve drivers entered in the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen have competed in previous IndyCar Series events at the track. Seven of those drivers led laps (Scott Dixon 57, Helio Castroneves 49, Dan Wheldon 20, Tony Kanaan 11, Marco Andretti 9, Vitor Meira 8 and Buddy Rice 5).

Seven entered drivers have finished in the top-five in previous IndyCar Series events at the track. (Marco Andretti, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Vitor Meira, Buddy Rice and Dan Wheldon). Only Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan have recorded multiple top-five finishes (Dixon 3 and Kanaan 2).

While Jay Howard, Hideki Mutoh and Jamie Camara are making their first IndyCar Series start at Watkins Glen all three have Firestone Indy Lights experience at the track. Mutoh has recorded the best finish of the trio, second in 2007.

Season-to-Date:

* Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon are the only drivers to finish in the top five in eight of the nine races this season.

* Dan Wheldon is the only drivers to complete all 1,886 laps in 2008.

* Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon are the only drivers running at the finish of every race in 2008.

Milestones & Records:

* Helio Castroneves will attempt to make his 107th career IndyCar Series start. It would also be his 105th consecutive start.

* Helio Castroneves can establish an IndyCar Series record for most consecutive seasons with at least one win should he win the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen. Castroneves is tied with Scott Sharp with victories in seven consecutive seasons.

* Helio Castroneves can extend his IndyCar Series record for consecutive seasons with a pole to seven if he can win the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award at Watkins Glen.

* Scott Dixon needs to lead 85 more laps to become the fifth driver to lead 2,000 laps in his career. The others to lead at least 2,000 laps are Sam Hornish Jr. (3,428), Helio Castroneves (2,774), Dan Wheldon (2,735) and Tony Kanaan (2,419).

* Scott Dixon has led 633 laps this season. The record for most laps led in a season is 899 by Tony Kanaan in 2004.

* Vitor Meira has gone 85 starts without a victory in the IndyCar Series, the longest drought of any IndyCar Series driver.

Schedule (local time):

July 4
10:15-11:45 a.m. - IndyCar Series practice
3:30-4:30 - IndyCar Series practice

July 5
9:30-10:30 a.m. - IndyCar Series practice (two groups)
1:30 p.m. - PEAK Motor Oil Pole Qualifying presented by AutoZone

July 6
2:30 p.m. - Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen pre-race
3:30 p.m. - Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen (60 laps/204 miles)

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Ryan Briscoe , Marco Andretti , Jay Howard , Hideki Mutoh , Jamie Camara , Sam Hornish Jr. , Vitor Meira