WHAT: Indy Pro Series: Freedom 100, fourth race in 16-race 2007 season WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2.5-mile asphalt oval WHEN: 12:30 p.m. (ET), Friday, May 25 DISTANCE: 40 laps/100 miles POSTED AWARDS: More than ...
Indy Pro Series: Freedom 100, fourth race in 16-race 2007 season
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2.5-mile asphalt oval
12:30 p.m. (ET), Friday, May 25
40 laps/100 miles
More than $300,000
Dallara chassis; Firestone tires
PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS:
Wade Cunningham, (2006), Jaime Camara (2005), Thiago Medeiros (2004), Ed Carpenter (2003).
2006 SERIES CHAMPION:
Race: ESPN2 (same day tape), 4 p.m. (EDT), May 25
Pre-race: IMS Radio Network (live), 12:15 p.m. (EDT), May 25
Race: IMS Radio Network (live), 12:30 p.m., May 25
Live coverage of Qualifying and the race also will be available at www.indycar.com.
SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):
May 24: FREEDOM 100 PRACTICE, QUALIFYING
9-9:45 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m., Freedom 100 Practice
1:15 p.m. -- Freedom 100 SWE Race Car Parts Pole Qualifying
3:40 -4 p.m. -- Freedom 100 Final Practice
May 25: MILLER LITE CARB DAY
11 a.m.-noon, IndyCar Series Practice
Noon,, Freedom 100 Pre-Race
12:30 p.m., Freedom 100
1:30-3 p.m., Checkers/Rally's Pit Stop Competition
3:30 p.m., Miller Lite Carb Day Concert
Total track length: 2.5 miles
Front straight: 5/8-mile
Back straight: 5/8-mile
Short chutes: 1/8-mile
Turn banking: 9 degrees, 12 minutes
Straightaway banking: 0 degrees
Straightaway width: 50 feet
Turn width: 60 feet
* The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was constructed in 1909 with a 2.5-mile oval circuit. The Indianapolis 500 has taken place annually on the oval track since 1911, except during world wars in 1917-18 and 1942-45. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest spectator sporting facility in the world. The Speedway plays host to three of the largest-attended sporting events in the world: The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and the United States Grand Prix.
FREEDOM 100 NOTES:
* Like fathers, like sons: Sean Guthrie and Al Unser III are following in their fathers' footsteps. Guthrie, 19, will make his second start on the oval at Indianapolis where his dad, Jim, competed three times. Sean made his Indy Pro Series debut at the Speedway last year, finishing 11th. Jim Guthrie, the 1997 IndyCar Series rookie of the year, started the Indianapolis 500 from 1996-98, recording a best finish of 18th in '96. Unser, 24, finished fourth in the Freedom 100 in 2005. He is the son of Al Unser Jr., a two-time winner of the Indy 500 who will attempt to start his 19th 500 this year. Marco Andretti, Cole Carter and Arie Luyendyk Jr. are other Indy Pro Series drivers who have started the Freedom 100 and whose fathers have competed in the Indianapolis 500.
* Hoosier native set for Freedom 100: Crown Point native Logan Gomez will make his Freedom 100 debut. The 18-year-old debuted in the Indy Pro Series in last year's Liberty Challenge on the road course at Indianapolis. Gomez graduated from Culver Military Academy, which also produced Roger Penske, where he was the roommate of George Steinbrenner's grandson.
* Two Freedom winners in the field: The Freedom 100 has never had a repeat winner. Wade Cunningham, who won last year's race by 0.6889 of a second, will attempt to become the first. Also in the field is 2005 winner Jaime Camara, who finished third a year ago.
* Sixth season, nine graduates to the 500: The Indy Pro Series is in just its sixth season of competition, however, nine drivers have already graduated to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Those drivers are: Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, P.J. Chesson, A.J. Foyt IV, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Thiago Medeiros, Marty Roth, Jeff Simmons and Mark Taylor. A 10th graduate, Phil Giebler, will attempt to qualify for this year's 500.
* Going for four in a row; Indy could be part of another record: Alex Lloyd would tie the Indy Racing League record for consecutive victories if he wins the Freedom 100. Lloyd has won the season's first three races and would tie Thiago Medeiros for consecutive wins. Medeiros won Phoenix, Indianapolis, Kansas and Nashville consecutively in 2004. The IndyCar Series record for consecutive victories is three held by Kenny Brack (1998) and Dan Wheldon (2005). Wheldon's streak included the Indianapolis 500.
* Three races at Indy within 22 days: By June 17, the drivers in the Indy Pro Series should look familiar to Indianapolis race fans. After the Freedom 100 on the IMS oval on May 25, the series returns to compete on the track's road course with a doubleheader slate of races on June 16-17.
* 60 years later, two Meyers at Indy: Louis Meyer competed in his first Indianapolis 500 in 1928. In 1936, he became the first three-time winner of the event. This year, third- and fourth-generation Meyers continue the family's legacy at Indianapolis. Louis III, better known as Butch, is the technical director for the Indy Pro Series. During this year's 500, he also will be on the crew of Sam Schmidt Motorsports' Buddy Lazier entry, passing the left front tire over the wall to his son Mike, who is a full-time member of the Sam Schmidt Motorsports crew.
* Eyes in the sky: Indy Pro Series drivers have been busy helping with preparations for the Indianapolis 500. Several drivers have acted as spotters for IndyCar Series teams, including: Chris Festa (Target Chip Ganassi Racing), Logan Gomez and Alex Lloyd (Sam Schmidt Motorsports), CR Crews (Racing Professionals) and Mike Potekhen (Chastain Motorsports).