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IZOD IndyCar Series - Firestone Twin 275s Preview

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DATE: Saturday, June 11th
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway (1997) -- Fort Worth, Texas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 2,250 feet (Frontstretch); 1,330 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 191,122 (122,377 - Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 15th
ANNOUNCERS: Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 8:45 p.m. (et) - first race. 10:45 p.m. - second race
RUNNER-UP: Danica Patrick
POLE WINNER: Ryan Briscoe (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 114 for both races
MILES: 171 (275 kilometers) for both races
QUALIFYING RECORD: Billy Boat, 1998 (225.979 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Helio Castroneves, 2006 (185.710 m.p.h.)
2010 Finish
1Ryan Briscoe16Tony Kanaan13
2Danica Patrick87Ryan Hunter-Reay24
3Marco Andretti108Alex Lloyd6
4Scott Dixon49Dan Wheldon15
5Dario Franchitti210Vitor Meira19
2010 Firestone Twin 275s Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 159.508 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 4 minutes, 47.1555 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.4629 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 36 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ryan Briscoe (215.273 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Ryan Hunter-Reay, 215.685 m.p.h., Lap 117
Past Firestone Twin 275s Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Ryan Briscoe (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 159.508 m.p.h.
2009 -- Helio Castroneves (4th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 172.677 m.p.h.
2008 -- Scott Dixon (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 159.740 m.p.h.
2007 -- Sam Hornish Jr (2nd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 177.314 m.p.h.
2006 -- Helio Castroneves (3rd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 185.710 mph (race record)
2005 -- Tomas Scheckter (1st) -- Dallara-Chevrolet -- 165.047 m.p.h.
2004 -- Tony Kanaan (3rd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 153.965 m.p.h.
2003 -- Al Unser Jr (7th) -- Dallara-Toyota -- 168.213 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jeff Ward (7th) -- G-Force-Chevrolet -- 164.984 m.p.h.
2001 -- Scott Sharp (2nd) -- Dallara-Oldsmobile -- 150.873 m.p.h.
2000 -- Scott Sharp (12th) -- Dallara-Oldsmobile -- 169.182 m.p.h.
1999 -- Scott Goodyear (8th) -- G-Force-Oldsmobile Aurora -- 151.177 m.p.h.
1998 -- Billy Boat (2nd) -- Dallara-Oldsmobile Aurora -- 145.388 m.p.h.
1997 -- Arie Luyendyk (11th) -- G-Force-Oldsmobile Aurora -- 103.903 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called True Value 500 (1997-98), Longhorn 500 (1999), Casino
Magic 500 (2000-2001), Boomtown 500 (2002), Bombardier 500 (2003-04),
Bombardier Learjet 500 (2005-06), Bombardier Learjet 550 (2007-09),
Firestone 550k (2010). Race increased from 500 kilometers to 550 in
2007, and then changed to twin 275-kilometer events in 2011.
Past Firestone Twin 275s Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Ryan Briscoe -- 1st
2009 -- Dario Franchitti -- 5th
2008 -- Scott Dixon -- 1st
2007 -- Scott Sharp -- 7th
2006 -- Sam Hornish Jr -- 4th
2005 -- Tomas Scheckter -- 1st
2004 -- Dario Franchitti -- 2nd
2003 -- Tomas Scheckter -- 18th
2002 -- Tomas Scheckter -- 17th
2001 -- Mark Dismore -- 20th
2000 -- Buddy Lazier -- 7th
1999 -- Mark Dismore -- 8th
1998 -- Tony Stewart -- 14th
1997 -- Tony Stewart -- 5th
Last Race Results
RACE: Indianapolis 500 (May 29th)
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Indiana
MILES: 500
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Dan Wheldon
RUNNER-UP: J.R. Hildebrand
THIRD: Graham Rahal
FOURTH: Tony Kanaan
FIFTH: Scott Dixon
POLE WINNER: Alex Tagliani (Finished 28th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 56 minutes, 11.7267 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 170.265 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 40 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 23 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Alex Tagliani - pole; Scott Dixon 1-7, Tagliani 8-26; Dixon
27-33; Tagliani 34; Dixon 35-60; Dario Franchitti 61; Ed
Carpenter 62-64; Franchitti 65-72; Dixon 73-98; Franchitti 99;
J.R. Hildebrand 100-103; Franchitti 104-112; Oriol Servia
113-128; Franchitti 129-137; Hildebrand 138; Bertrand Baguette
139-140; Franchitti 141-163; Servia 164-165; Graham Rahal
166-171; Dixon 172-178; Danica Patrick 179-188; Baguette 189-197;
Hildebrand 198-199; Dan Wheldon 200.
Firestone Twin 275s Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Telemundo/Newman-Haas Racing
06James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)Sprott/Newman-Haas Racing
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz)Itaipava/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)KV Racing Technology-Lotus
6 *Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)Penske Logistics/Team Penske
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Autosport
8Paul Tracy (Scarborough, Canada)Ralphs/Motegi Wheels/Dragon Racing
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Kellogg's/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Davey Hamilton (Nampa, ID)HP/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Vitor Meira (Brasilia, Brazil)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
18Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England)Acorn Stairlifts/Dale Coyne Racing
19Alex Lloyd (Manchester, England)Boy Scouts of America/Dale Coyne Rac
22Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)HP/Dreyer&ReinboldRacing
24Ana Beatriz (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ipiranga/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Venom Energy/Andretti Autosport
27Mike Conway (Bromley, England)Window World/Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
34Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota,Colombia)Conquest Racing
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
59E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)PDVSA/KV Racing Technology-Lotus
67Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing
77Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Bowers & Wilkins/Sam Schmidt Motor.
78Simona de Silvestro (Switzerland)Nuclear Clean Air Energy/HVM Racing
82Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)GEICO/KV Racing Technology-Lotus
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)Novo Nordisk/Chip Ganassi Racing
88Jay Howard (Basildon, England)Service Central/Sam Schmidt-RLL Rac
99Wade Cunningham (Auckland, New Zeal)Creatherm/Sam Schmidt Motorsports
* - Defending champion
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Ryan Briscoe---------12th------3rd2ndWon
Danica Patrick---------13th12th3rd10th6th2nd
Marco Andretti------------14th19th19th4th3rd
Scott Dixon---6th14th11th2nd12thWon3rd4th
Dario Franchitti------2nd8th14th4th---5th5th
Tony Kanaan---2ndWon3rd7th2nd5th8th6th
Ryan Hunter-Reay---------------20th---16th7th
Will Power------------------13th---14th
Justin Wilson------------------27th15th19th
Helio Castroneves4th7th12th5thWon16th2ndWon20th
Ed Carpenter------21st20th9th18th9th9th---
Graham Rahal------------------11th22nd---
J.R. Hildebrand---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Graham Rahal - Started 29th on the grid and finished 3rd
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Scott Dixon
Darkhorse - Danica Patrick
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dario Franchitti) - Finished 12th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Simona de Silvestro) - Finished 31st
After finishing third and second in 2008 and '09, Ryan Briscoe completed the climb to the top, as he raced to victory last year for his only win of 2010. It certainly wasn't an easy journey for Briscoe.

Six days after crashing in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, Briscoe bounced back in the IZOD IndyCar Series with an impressive win, as he held off Danica Patrick for his sixth career title.

Briscoe, who finished 27th in this year's Indy 500, made a late-race pass on Patrick for the lead, and then held off Patrick by 1.46 seconds for the win. During the final round of pit stops under green, Patrick pitted one lap before Briscoe and then later inherited the lead on lap 192. But Patrick only led that lap, as Briscoe passed her on the outside and then grabbed the top position for good. Briscoe led four times for 102 laps, while Dario Franchitti, who placed fifth, finished with 86 laps led.

This race has changed format for 2011. The new configuration of the previously called Firestone 550k, will consist of two full-field 275-kilometer races (171 miles/114 laps each) with two race winners being recognized by the sanctioning body. Half points will be awarded in both races.

Tony Kanaan, currently fourth on the points list, has a string of eight straight top-10 finishes in Texas, including a win in 2004.

In 2009, Helio Castroneves, who finished 17th at the Indy 500, edged teammate Ryan Briscoe by less than a second for his 16th career IndyCar title. The win gave Castroneves his third career triumph at Texas Motor Speedway and Team Penske its fifth victory in the last eight races at Texas.

Only three drivers, Arie Luyendyk (1997), Scott Dixon (2008) and Helio Castroneves ('09), have won the Indianapolis 500 and Texas 550k in the same season.

Scott Dixon defeated 2008 Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves under caution to win this race that year. In doing so, Dixon became the second pole sitter to capture this race. Dixon led seven times for 58 laps, while Castroneves led seven times for 85 laps. Marco Andretti held the lead with just seven laps remaining, but Dixon passed as Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay made contact.

The driver who has gone on to win the championship has won at Texas only four times. Scott Dixon won at Texas in 2008, Tony Kanaan won Texas 1 in 2004, Sam Hornish Jr won Texas 2 in 2002, clinching the title at Texas, and Hornish Jr. also won Texas 2 in 2001, celebrating the championship he had clinched at the previous race.

In 2007, Sam Hornish Jr raced to victory, as he edged Tony Kanaan by less than a second. Starting second on the grid, Hornish Jr took the lead on lap one and dominated the race, leading 159 of the 228 laps. Pole sitter Scott Sharp failed to lead any laps and finished seventh. Hornish Jr, who reclaimed the lead for the final time on lap 197, won by 0.0786 of a second for his 19th and last career IndyCar title.

Castroneves posted his 10th career IndyCar victory in 2006, as he clipped Scott Dixon at the finish line. Castroneves, who now owns 19 career titles, won by 0.2402 of a second after starting from the third position. Pole sitter Sam Hornish Jr finished fourth.

Back in 2005, Tomas Scheckter posted his first victory since July of 2002, when edged Hornish Jr by less than a second. After failing to finish four of the first five events of 2005, Scheckter, who started on the pole, led five times for 119 of the 200 laps for his second career IndyCar title. Battling with Tony Kanaan for most of the day, Scheckter reclaimed the lead on lap 191 and held on for the win. Kanaan, who led seven times for 62 laps, finished third.

After a one-year hiatus, the IZOD IndyCar Series returns to the Milwaukee Mile on June 19 for the Milwaukee 225. Scott Dixon won there two years ago.

06/07 19:28:16 ET

As of June 7, 2011, at 07:28 PM ET

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