IPS: Kentucky: Round 13 preview

FAST FACTS WHAT: Indy Pro Series: Kentucky 100, 13th race in 16-race 2007 Indy Pro Series season WHERE: Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt oval WHEN: Indy Pro Series: 9:10 p.m. (ET), Saturday, Aug. 11 DISTANCE: Indy Pro Series: 67...

FAST FACTS

WHAT: Indy Pro Series:
Kentucky 100, 13th race in 16-race 2007 Indy Pro Series season

WHERE: Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt oval

WHEN: Indy Pro Series: 9:10 p.m. (ET), Saturday, Aug. 11

DISTANCE: Indy Pro Series: 67 laps/100 miles

POSTED AWARDS: Indy Pro Series: More than $275,000

CARS: Indy Pro Series: Dallara chassis; Firestone tires

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS: Indy Pro Series: Jay Howard (2006), Travis Gregg (2005), P.J. Chesson (2004), Jeff Simmons (2003), A.J. Foyt IV (2002)

2006 SERIES CHAMPIONS: Indy Pro Series: Jay Howard

TV: Indy Pro Series: Race: ESPN2 (tape-delay), 5:30 p.m. (ET), Aug. 16
Live streaming video of all practice sessions, SWE Pole Qualifying (5 p.m. ET, Aug.10) and the race also will be available at www.indycar.com/pro.

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Friday, Aug. 10
10:45 -- 11:15 a.m. Indy Pro Series practice (all cars/alternate release)
1:45 -- 2:30 p.m. Indy Pro Series practice (two groups)
5 p.m. Indy Pro Series SWE Pole Qualifying

Saturday, Aug. 11
2:30 -- 2:45 p.m. Final Indy Pro Series practice (all cars/alternate release)
9:10 p.m. Kentucky 100 (67 laps/100 miles) ESPN2 (taped, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 16)

THE TRACK:
1.5-mile asphalt oval; 70 feet wide
Frontstraight: 1,662 feet
Backstraight: 1,600 feet banked at 4 degrees
Turns: 703.92-foot radius banked at 14 degrees

* Ground was broken on Kentucky Speedway on July 18, 1998.The speedway has 70,000 permanent seats and 50 luxury suites. Buddy Lazier won the inaugural IndyCar Series event at the track on Aug. 27, 2000.

INDY-STYLE RACING IN KENTUCKY:
Auto racing made its debut in the Cincinnati area in 1916 when John Aitken won the International Sweepstakes, a 300-mile race held on a 2-mile board oval. Louis Chevrolet won the race in 1917, while Joe Boyer won the final race in 1919.

The Cincinnati Race Bowl was a 3/8-mile paved oval opened in 1948. It was later named the Cincinnati Midget Speedway and then Milford Speedway. The site is now an industrial park located in Hamilton Township.

In 2000, the Kentucky Speedway opened in Sparta, Ky., and welcomed the IndyCar® Series for the first time. Buddy Lazier won the inaugural event, the Belterra Casino 300, in 2000 en route to his IndyCar Series championship that season.

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 38 at Mid-Ohio on July 22. Camara competed for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in 2005 and for Andretti Green Racing in 2006. He returns in the AGR entry in 2007.

* Cunningham can extend record: Wade Cunningham has started in the top 10 in the past 21 consecutive races, which is the Indy Pro Series record.

* 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.

* Seven past race winners entered in Kentucky 100: For the first time in Indy Pro Series history, seven past race winners are entered in the Kentucky 100. The past winners are: Jaime Camara, Wade Cunningham, Travis Gregg, Alex Lloyd, Hideki Mutoh, Robbie Pecorari and Bobby Wilson. Six past winners had started 10 previous races.

* Lloyd poised to set new points record: Alex Lloyd enters the Kentucky 100 with 508 points, just five points shy of Thiago Medeiros' record point level in 2004.

-credit: irl

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Buddy Lazier , A.J. Foyt IV , Sam Schmidt , Jeff Simmons , Richard Antinucci , Alex Lloyd , Robbie Pecorari , P.J. Chesson , Travis Gregg , Wade Cunningham , Jaime Camara , Bobby Wilson , Jay Howard , Hideki Mutoh , Thiago Medeiros