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Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Secret/Kentucky 100 FAST FACTS WHAT: Indy Pro Series: Kentucky 100, ninth race in 12-race 2006 season WHERE: Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt oval WHEN: Indy Pro Series: 12:30 p.m. (EDT), Sunday,...

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FAST FACTS

WHAT:
Indy Pro Series: Kentucky 100, ninth race in 12-race 2006 season

WHERE:
Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt oval

WHEN:
Indy Pro Series: 12:30 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, Aug. 13

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: Travis Gregg (2005), P.J. Chesson (2004), Jeff Simmons (2003), A.J. Foyt IV (2002)

2005 SERIES CHAMPIONS:
Indy Pro Series: Wade Cunningham

TV:
Indy Pro Series: Race: ESPN2 (tape-delay), 2:30 p.m. (EDT), Aug. 14

SCHEDULE (all times local; subject to change):

Saturday, Aug. 12
10 -- 10:45 a.m. Indy Pro Series practice
12:45 -- 1:30 p.m. Indy Pro Series practice
3:30 p.m. Indy Pro Series SWE Race Car Parts Pole Qualifying
5:45 -- 6:15 p.m. Indy Pro Series final practice

Sunday, Aug. 13
12:30 p.m. Kentucky 100 (67 laps/100 miles) ESPN2 (taped, 2:30 p.m., Aug. 14)

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:

* Bobby Wilson is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in every event in 2006. He's also the only driver to have been running at the finish of each race and the only driver to have completed all 414 laps.

* Nick Bussell and Jaime Camara will make their 23rd consecutive starts in the Kentucky 100.

* For the fourth time in Indy Pro Series history, a record six race winners are entered in the Kentucky 100. Jaime Camara (2 wins), Wade Cunningham (2), Travis Gregg (3), Jay Howard (1), Alex Lloyd (1) and Bobby Wilson (1) will look to increase their series win totals.

INDY PRO SERIES PRE-RACE QUOTES:

JAY HOWARD (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Isilon/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, point leader): "I'm not very happy with the lead I have as such. I think it could have been bigger. As long as we don't have any more dramas, mistakes, we should go on and win. I am fortunate to have a 30-point lead. If Kentucky goes to plan -- we tested there and the car was good -- then we should be in good shape. After that, I hope Infineon will be the decider. I want to be on the podium there for sure. I really don't want to go to Chicago with all types of scenarios in play. 'If so-and-so wins, you have to finish fifth.' That type of thing, because invariably something goes wrong."

BOBBY WILSON (No. 24 Kenn Hardley Racing, second place, 30 points behind): "I'm looking for a consistent finish at Kentucky, and can't wait to get to Infineon. In the oval races, anything can happen, so it would be nice to get out of there with a solid finish. We're looking to dominate at Infineon. I think we should have a very good car."

JONATHAN KLEIN (No. 27 Klein Tools/Turn-Key Forging, third place, 31 points behind): "I need to maximize points by all means necessary at Kentucky. I'm only one point behind Bobby, and I know he'll be one of the strongest cars at Infineon, and that's a double weekend. Jay's 31 points ahead, but one DNF and I could be right there. It's real cutthroat right now. It's a moment of truth."

JAIME CAMARA (No. 11 Neo Quimica, fourth place, 43 points behind): "I think Kentucky will be a tough race like last year. Kentucky is a track that you need a very good setup, because you need a car that stays with the same balance until the end of the race. I just need to make sure things proceed the way they are since Nashville. I have an excellent team that is giving me a great car every race, and I will fight hard for the win in Kentucky."

NICK BUSSELL (No. 52 Cheever Racing, fifth place, 54 points behind): "The championship is really hard to predict. They're have been so many different winners this season, there's not one person who's in control. There's quite a few guys with a good shot at it. Jay is sitting pretty good, but Bobby Wilson is right there. Even Wade isn't out of it, especially with the way he's been running. Myself, I haven't even thought about the championship. We're so concerned about running better. We haven't been in a position to win, but we're still in contention. Anything can happen on the 1.5-mile ovals. Our best result was on a 1.5, and we've got two of those coming."

WADE CUNNINGHAM (No. 1 Brian Stewart Racing, sixth place, 64 points behind): "To win the championship, I'd have to win a majority of the races left and the leaders would have to have horrible luck. I'm not banking on that. If you look at the entrant points, we're second, so if we hadn't have missed St Pete we'd be in a much better position. At Kentucky, we'll roll out a fast car and hope for a repeat of Indy, the test at Nashville and qualifying at Milwaukee. We want to carry our momentum and race at the front."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Buddy Lazier , A.J. Foyt IV , Sam Schmidt , Jeff Simmons , Alex Lloyd , Nick Bussell , P.J. Chesson , Travis Gregg , Wade Cunningham , Jaime Camara , Bobby Wilson , Jay Howard