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DATE: Sunday, October 2nd
SITE: Kentucky Speedway (2000) -- Sparta, Kentucky
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 1,662 feet (Frontstretch); 1,600 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 117,000 (Grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 12th
TELEVISION: VERSUS
ANNOUNCERS: Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 2:45 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Helio Castroneves
RUNNER-UP: Ed Carpenter
POLE WINNER: Ed Carpenter (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Sarah Fisher, 2002 (221.390 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Ryan Briscoe, 2009 (200.893 m.p.h.)
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Helio Castroneves86Marco Andretti15
2Ed Carpenter17Scott Dixon4
3Dan Wheldon38Will Power2
4Tony Kanaan269Danica Patrick17
5Dario Franchitti1110Bertrand Baguette6
2010 Kentucky Indy 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 174.402 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 41 minutes, 50.0059 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 13.1597 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 2 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ed Carpenter (217.933 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Ryan Hunter-Reay, 215.792, Lap 18
Past Kentucky Indy 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Helio Castroneves (8th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 174.402 m.p.h.
2009 -- Ryan Briscoe (3rd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 200.893 m.p.h. (race record)
2008 -- Scott Dixon (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 183.650 m.p.h.
2007 -- Tony Kanaan (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 180.558 m.p.h.
2006 -- Sam Hornish Jr (2nd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 170.676 m.p.h.
2005 -- Scott Sharp (7th) -- Panoz-Honda -- 175.981 m.p.h.
2004 -- Adrian Fernandez (4th) -- Panoz-Honda -- 180.588 m.p.h.
2003 -- Sam Hornish Jr (1st) -- Dallara-Chevrolet -- 197.897 m.p.h.
2002 -- Felipe Giaffone (3rd) -- G Force-Chevrolet -- 149.024 m.p.h.
2001 -- Buddy Lazier (11th) -- Dallara-Oldsmobile -- 174.910 m.p.h.
2000 -- Buddy Lazier (7th) -- Dallara-Oldsmobile -- 164.601 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Belterra Resort Indy 300 (2000), Belterra Casino Indy
300 (2001-04), AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 (2005), Meijer Indy 300
(2006-09).
 
Past Kentucky Indy 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Ed Carpenter -- 2nd
2009 -- Scott Dixon -- 7th
2008 -- Scott Dixon -- 1st
2007 -- Tony Kanaan -- 1st
2006 -- Helio Castroneves -- 3rd
2005 -- Danica Patrick -- 16th
2004 -- Buddy Rice -- 2nd
2003 -- Sam Hornish Jr -- 1st
2002 -- Sarah Fisher -- 8th
2001 -- Scott Sharp -- 2nd
2000 -- Scott Goodyear 2nd
Last Race Results
RACE: Indy Japan: The Final (September 18th)
SITE: Twin Ring Motegi (road course) -- Motegi, Japan
MILES: 187.929
LAPS: 63
WINNER: Scott Dixon
RUNNER-UP: Will Power
THIRD: Marco Andretti
FOURTH: Alex Tagliani
FIFTH: Oriol Servia
POLE WINNER: Scott Dixon (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 56 minutes, 41.0107 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.4375 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 96.635 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 8 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 2 among 2 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Scott Dixon 1-20; Will Power 21;
Dixon 22-63.
Kentucky Indy 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Telemundo/Newman-Haas Racing
3 *Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz)Hitachi/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)Hitachi/Team Penske
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Target/Chip Ganassi 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
19Sebastien Bourdais (LeMans, France)Boy Scouts of America/Dale Coyne Rac
22Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo, CA)Valspar/Dreyer&ReinboldRacing
24Ana Beatriz (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ipiranga/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Venom/Andretti Autosport
27Mike Conway (Bromley, England)Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
30Pippa Mann (Ipswich, England)Nat'l Tire/Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan
34Dillon Battistini (Ewell, England)Ceremony Group/Conquest Racing
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
44Buddy Rice (Phoenix, AZ)Fuzzy's Vodka/Panther 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
99Wade Cunningham (New Zealand)Creatherm/Sam Schmidt Motorsports
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Helio Castroneves5th5th12th5th3rd9th2nd4thWon
Ed Carpenter------8th22nd11th7th6th2nd2nd
Dan Wheldon---8th3rd3rd4th17th5th11th3rd
Tony Kanaan---6th5th20th5thWon8th3rd4th
Dario Franchitti------6th18th9th8th---6th5th
Marco Andretti------------17th4th3rd10th6th
Scott Dixon---2nd13th23rd2nd2ndWon7th7th
Will Power------------------26th9th8th
Danica Patrick---------16th8th16th11th8th9th
Graham Rahal------------------25th5th20th
Ryan Hunter-Reay---------------15th9th14th21st
Ryan Briscoe---------13th------7thWon24th
 
Mover of the Week
J.R. Hildebrand - Started 19th on the grid and finished 7th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Scott Dixon
Darkhorse - Danica Patrick
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dario Franchitti) - Finished 8th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Graham Rahal) - Finished 12th
 
NOTES:
With just two races remaining on the IndyCar docket for 2011, Will Power owns a slim 11-point advantage over Dario Franchitti, thanks to his runner-up finish in Japan.

Franchitti came to Land of the Rising Sun with a five-point advantage over Power, however an eighth-place finish, coupled with Power finishing second, moved the six-time winner in 2011 into first. Scott Dixon, who captured the Japan start, remained in third, 59 points behind.

This will be the 12th running of this race. The driver that won the Kentucky race has won the championship three times (Buddy Lazier, 2000; Sam Hornish Jr., 2006; Scott Dixon, 2008). More importantly, in 13 seasons, two drivers have won the 15th race of the season and also won the championship: Dan Wheldon won at Chicagoland in 2005 and Sam Hornish Jr. won at Texas in 2002.

Last season, Helio Castroneves overcame a pit road mishap and then conserved enough fuel at the finish to win at Kentucky Speedway. Castroneves pitted for the final time two laps later than the lead pack during a round of green-flag stops on lap 147 of the 200-lap race. He endured a lengthy stop, which put him back to 10th late in the race.

The Team Penske driver captured the lead for the final time with five laps remaining when the front runners had to pit for a splash of gas. It was Castroneves' second of three 2010 wins. Winless this year, Castroneves has 19 career IndyCar titles.

In a race that featured 20 lead changes among seven of the 23 drivers, Ryan Briscoe broke through for his fourth career IndyCar title, defeating Ed Carpenter by 0.0162 of a second in 2009. Scott Dixon, who started on the pole, dominated the early portion of the race, leading three times for 95 laps, but it was Briscoe who came through in the end, holding the top spot for the final nine laps.

After back-to-back runner-up finishes, Scott Dixon captured the checkered flag in 2008, as he defeated Helio Castroneves by less than a second for his 16th career IndyCar title. Castroneves ran out of fuel on the last lap as Dixon passed him heading into the final turn to pick up his record-tying sixth win of that season. Dixon became the third pole sitter to capture this race.

Tony Kanaan won the 2007 race at Kentucky Speedway, putting on a dominating performance, but he needed to pass A.J. Foyt IV for the lead in the late stages to ensure his victory. The No.11 Andretti Green Racing driver finished 1.745 seconds ahead of Scott Dixon for his fourth IndyCar Series victory of the season and the 11th of his career. With his win in 2007, Kanaan became just the second pole sitter to win this race, joining Sam Hornish Jr in 2003.

In 2006, Sam Hornish Jr crossed the finish line just 0.5866 of a second ahead of Scott Dixon for his 18th career IndyCar title. Hornish reclaimed the lead on lap 196 of the 200-lap event to record his fourth win that year. Hornish led six times for 57 laps, while Dan Wheldon, who placed 4th, led five times for a race-high 66 laps. Pole sitter Helio Castroneves finished third. With his win, Hornish joined Buddy Lazier as the only two-time winners of this race.

The 2003 race set new records for most consecutive green flag laps and most consecutive green flag laps to begin a race (146). There was only one caution flag for a total of 10 laps. With his win in 2003, Sam Hornish Jr became the first pole sitter in the history of this race to capture the checkered flag.

Buddy Lazier is the only back-to-back winner of this race. When Lazier captured this race in 2001, he came from the 11th spot, the lowest starting position by a winner.

Kentucky Speedway was the only superspeedway in the United States to open in the year 2000. The $152 million dollar state-of-the-art facility, developed and co-owned by Jerry Carroll sits on 1,000 acres of land with 97 acres within the tri-oval. The track hosted the NASCAR All Pro Series and the first NASCAR Truck Series race on its inaugural weekend. Kentucky Speedway attracted 300,000 fans in its inaugural year and set stand-alone event attendance records for the NASCAR Truck Series (63,760) and Indy Racing League (61,214).

The 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season concludes with the October 16 IZOD IndyCar World Championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The series returns to Las Vegas for the first time since 2000.

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As of September 27, 2011, at 10:51 AM ET

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