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IZOD IndyCar Series - IZOD IndyCar World Championship Preview

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DATE: Sunday, October 16th
SITE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1996) -- Las Vegas, Nevada
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 2,275 feet (Frontstretch); 1,572 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 142,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 3:30 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: 2000 race winner Al Unser Jr. (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Mark Dismore
POLE WINNER: Mark Dismore (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Arie Luyendyk, 1996 (226.491 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Eliseo Salazar, 1997 (142.757 m.p.h.)
2000 Finish
1Al Unser Jr216Robby McGehee16
2Mark Dismore17Billy Boat5
3Sam Hornish Jr.188Tyce Carlson27
4Jeret Schroeder89Greg Ray2
5Robbie Buhl2310Jacques Lazier22
2000 IZOD IndyCar World Championship Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 136.691 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 16 minutes, 57.045 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 12.531 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 47 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Mark Dismore (208.502 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Mark Dismore, 204.623 m.p.h., Lap 180
Past IZOD IndyCar World Championship Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Not Held
2009 -- Not Held
2008 -- Not Held
2007 -- Not Held
2006 -- Not Held
2005 -- Not Held
2004 -- Not Held
2003 -- Not Held
2002 -- Not Held
2001 -- Not Held
2000 -- Al Unser Jr (21st) -- G Force-Oldsmobile -- 136.691 m.p.h.
1999 -- Sam Schmidt (1st) -- G Force-Oldsmobile -- 124.936 m.p.h.
1998 -- Arie Luyendyk (14th) -- G Force-Oldsmobile -- 135.338 m.p.h.
1997 -- Eliseo Salazar (5th) -- Dallara-Oldsmobile -- 142.757 m.p.h. (record)
1996 -- Richie Hearn (8th) -- Reynard-Ford -- 115.171 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Las Vegas 500k (1996-98), 500 (1999), Vegas
Indy 300 (2000).
Past IZOD IndyCar World Championship Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Not Held
2009 -- Not Held
2008 -- Not Held
2007 -- Not Held
2006 -- Not Held
2005 -- Not Held
2004 -- Not Held
2003 -- Not Held
2002 -- Not Held
2001 -- Not Held
2000 -- Mark Dismore -- 2nd
1999 -- Sam Schmidt -- 1st
1998 -- Billy Boat -- 26th
1997 -- Billy Boat -- 23rd
1996 -- Arie Luyendyk -- 20th
Last Race Results
RACE: Kentucky Indy 300 (October 2nd)
SITE: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Kentucky
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Ed Carpenter
RUNNER-UP: Dario Franchitti
THIRD: Scott Dixon
FOURTH: James Hinchcliffe
FIFTH: Ryan Hunter-Reay
POLE WINNER: Will Power (Finished 19th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 42 minutes, 2.7825 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.0098 second
AVERAGE SPEED: 174.039 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Will Power 1-48; J.R. Hildebrand 49; Dario Franchitti 50-187; Ed
Carpenter 188; Franchitti 189-190; Carpenter 191-192; Franchitti
193-195; Carpenter 196-200.
IZOD IndyCar World Championship Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Telemundo/Newman-Haas Racing
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz)Guidepoint Systems/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)KV Racing Technology-Lotus
06James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)Sprott/Newman-Haas Racing
6Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)IZOD/Team Penske
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Autosport
8Paul Tracy (Scarborough, Canada)Motegi Wheels/Dragon Racing
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Target/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
15Jay Howard (Basildon, England)Service Central/RLL Racing
17Wade Cunningham (New Zealand)Air Ride Pallet/Sam Schmidt Motor.
18Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England)Acorn Stairlifts/Dale Coyne Racing
19Alex Lloyd (Manchester, England)Boy Scouts of America/Dale Coyne Rac
22Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo, CA)Dad's Root Beer/Dreyer & Reinbold
24Ana Beatriz (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ipiranga/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Dr. Pepper/Andretti Autosport
27Mike Conway (Bromley, England)Grime Boss/Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
30Pippa Mann (Ipswich, England)Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing
34Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota,Colombia)Bogota Es Mundial/Conquest Racing
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
44Buddy Rice (Phoenix, AZ)Fuzzy's Vodka/Panther Racing
57Tomas Scheckter (South Africa)Angie's List/Sarah Fisher Racing
59E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)PDVSA/KV Racing Technology-Lotus
67Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing
77Dan Wheldon (Emberton, England)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)Levemir and NovoLog/Chip Ganassi Rac
98Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Williams Rast/BHA/Curb/Sam Schmidt
Top Drivers in the Field
Marco Andretti - 8th on points list with one win this year
Ryan Briscoe - 10 top-10 finishes, 6th on points list
Helio Castroneves - Winless this season in 17 starts, 7 top-10's
Scott Dixon - 3rd on points list with 2 wins and 13 top-10's
Dario Franchitti - IndyCar points leader with four wins
Ryan Hunter-Reay - Three-time winner, 7th on points list
Tony Kanaan - Has nine top-10 finishes in his 17 starts
Danica Patrick - Only 1 top-10, has not won since 2008
Will Power - Six-time winner this season, still has outside chance
Graham Rahal - Only career win came in 2008, 6 top-10's this year
Mover of the Week
Townsend Bell - Started 26th on the grid and finished 11th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Will Power
Darkhorse - Townsend Bell
Last Week's Pick to Win (Scott Dixon) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Danica Patrick) - Finished 10th
The IZOD IndyCar Series returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this week for the final event of the season, the IndyCar World Championship.

Dario Franchitti is holding down the top spot, as IndyCar finishes up in Sin City. Franchitti owns a substantial 18-point lead over Will Power.

Heading into last week, Power owned a 12-point lead, but after his disappointing 19th-place finish, he trails Franchitti heading into the finale. Franchitti is attempting to win his record third consecutive and fourth overall IndyCar championship.

Scott Dixon, who placed third in Kentucky, clinched the A.J. Foyt Trophy for best overall performances on ovals this season, but was mathematically eliminated from title contention.

This race will mark the fifth consecutive season that the championship will come down to the final race. It also marks the first time that Las Vegas Motor Speedway will play host to the title race, with the winner pocketing a $1 million bonus.

The last time IndyCar raced in Las Vegas, Al Unser Jr dashed to victory, as he defeated pole-sitter Mark Dismore by 12.531 seconds. Dismore dominated the race leading 92 laps, but Unser Jr led the final 20 laps.

Although Franchitti has won the last two championships, the leader heading into the final race, has not captured the title the past two seasons. Scott Dixon in 2008 was the last driver to win the championship when leading heading into the final race.

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