IPS: Chicagoland: Season finale preview, schedule

WHAT: Chicagoland 100, final race in 16-race 2007 season WHERE: Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt oval WHEN: 12:30 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Sept. 9 DISTANCE: 67 laps/100 miles POSTED AWARDS: More than $275,000 CARS: Dallara chassis; ...

WHAT: Chicagoland 100, final race in 16-race 2007 season

WHERE: Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt oval

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Sept. 9

DISTANCE: 67 laps/100 miles

POSTED AWARDS: More than $275,000

CARS: Dallara chassis; Firestone tires

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS: Wade Cunningham (2006), Jeff Simmons (2005), Thiago Medeiros (2004), Mark Taylor (2003), Aaron Fike (2002)

2006 SERIES CHAMPIONS: Jay Howard

TV: Race: ESPN2 (tape-delay), 5 p.m. (ET), Sept. 13

Live streaming video of all practice sessions, SWE Pole Qualifying (6:45 p.m. ET, Sept. 8) and the race also will be available at www.indycar.com/pro.

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Saturday, Sept. 8
10:15 -- 10:45 a.m. Indy Pro Series practice (all cars/controlled release)
3:30 -- 4:15 p.m. Indy Pro Series practice (two groups)
5:45 p.m. Indy Pro Series SWE Pole Qualifying

Sunday, Sept. 9
8:45 -- 9 a.m. Indy Pro Series final practice
11:30 a.m. Chicagoland 100 (67 laps/100 miles), ESPN2 (5 p.m., Sept. 13)

THE TRACK:
1.5-mile D-shaped asphalt oval; 75 feet wide
Frontstraight: 2,400 feet banked at 11 degrees
Backstraight: 1,700 feet banked at 5 degrees
Turns: Banked at 18 degrees
Width: 55 feet

Chicagoland Speedway opened in 2001 and is ownedand operated by International Speedway Corp. The 1.5 mile D-shaped tri-oval speedway annually hosts the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, IndyCar Series, NASCAR Busch Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series and Indy Pro Series.

INDY-STYLE RACING IN CHICAGOLAND:

The first automobile race in Chicago occurred shortly after Thanksgiving in 1895, when eight racers, seeking a $2,000 prize offered by the Chicago Times-Herald, raced on a 52.4-mile course that began just south of what is today's Loop to Evanston.

Road racing continued between 1910 and 1915 (and again in 1919, 1920 and 1933), when the Elgin Watch Company sponsored a road-racing series through its hometown, Elgin, Ill., west of Chicago.

Oval racing came to Chicago when Illinois lumber baron Edward Hines built Chicago Speedway, a 2-mile, high-banked board track. The speedway held its first race on June 26, 1915, with future Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Resta claiming the victory.

Oval racing remained popular in Chicago as board tracks, and later dirt and paved ovals were built around the area for midget, sprint and champ car racing.

In 1999, Chip Ganassi headed a group of private investors who renovated Sportsman's Park and ran three Champ Car World Series events at the track before closing it in 2002.

The IndyCar Series made its debut at Chicagoland Speedway in 2001 with Jaques Lazier winning the first race.

INDY PRO SERIES NOTES:

Camara holds 'Iron man' title: Jaime Camara established the Indy Pro Series' all-time mark for consecutive starts at the Liberty Challenge at Indianapolis on June 16 with his 32nd consecutive start. He extended the streak to 41 at Infineon on Aug. 25-26. Camara competed for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in 2005 and for Andretti Green Racing in 2006. He returns in the AGR entry in 2007.

Six race winners in '07: Six drivers have won races in the Indy Pro Series in 2007 -- one short of the record established last season. Winners this season include: Richard Antinucci, Wade Cunningham, Alex Lloyd, Hideki Mutoh, Robbie Pecorari and Bobby Wilson.

-credit: irl

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Mark Taylor , Jaques Lazier  , Sam Schmidt , Aaron Fike , Jeff Simmons , Richard Antinucci , Chip Ganassi , Alex Lloyd , Robbie Pecorari , Wade Cunningham , Jaime Camara , Bobby Wilson , Jay Howard , Hideki Mutoh , Thiago Medeiros