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IZOD IndyCar Series - Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Preview

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DATE: Sunday, August 28th
SITE: Infineon Raceway (1968) -- Sonoma, California
TRACK: 2.303-mile, 12-turn road course
ANNOUNCERS: Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 4:00 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Scott Dixon
POLE WINNER: Will Power (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 75
MILES: 172.7
QUALIFYING RECORD: Will Power, 2010 (108.337 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Helio Castroneves, 2008 (100.254 m.p.h.)
2010 Finish
1Will Power16Justin Wilson7
2Scott Dixon67Tony Kanaan9
3Dario Franchitti38Ryan Hunter-Reay8
4Ryan Briscoe59Graham Rahal16
5Helio Castroneves210Alex Lloyd22
2010 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 92.063 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 52 minutes, 34.1915 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.7432 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 10 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 2 among 2 drivers
POLE WINNER: Will Power (108.337 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: J.R. Hildebrand, 104.742 m.p.h., Lap 13
Past Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Will Power (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 92.063 m.p.h.
2009 -- Dario Franchitti (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 94.745 m.p.h.
2008 -- Helio Castroneves (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 100.254 m.p.h. (record)
2007 -- Scott Dixon (5th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 98.593 m.p.h.
2006 -- Marco Andretti (2nd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 93.486 m.p.h.
2005 -- Tony Kanaan (3rd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 91.040 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix (2005), Indy Grand Prix
of Sonoma (2006), Motorola Indy 300 (2007), PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil
Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County (2008).
Past Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Will Power -- 1st
2009 -- Dario Franchitti -- 1st
2008 -- Helio Castroneves -- 1st
2007 -- Dario Franchitti -- 3rd
2006 -- Scott Dixon -- 4th
2005 -- Ryan Briscoe -- 19th
Last Race Results
RACE: MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 (August 14th)
SITE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, New Hampshire
MILES: 227.47
LAPS: 215
WINNER: Ryan Hunter-Reay
RUNNER-UP: Oriol Servia
THIRD: Scott Dixon
FOURTH: James Hinchcliffe
FIFTH: Will Power
POLE WINNER: Dario Franchitti (Finished 20th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 58 minutes, 1.5843 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.2361 second
AVERAGE SPEED: 112.030 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 66 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Dario Franchitti 1-72; Ryan Briscoe 73-74; Franchitti 75-117;
Ryan Hunter-Reay 118-165; Scott Dixon 165-166; Will Power
167-178; Takuma Sato 179-191; Hunter-Reay 192-215.
Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma 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)Guidepoint Systems/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)KV Racing Technology-Lotus
6Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)Penske Truck Rental/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
12 *Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Vitor Meira (Brasilia, Brazil)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
17Martin Plowman (England)Snowball Express/Sam Schmidt Mtrspts
18Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England)Acorn Stairlifts/Dale Coyne Racing
19Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans,France)Boy Scouts of America/Dale Coyne Rac
22Giorgio Pantano (Padua, Italy)TranSystems/Dreyer&ReinboldRacing
24Ana Beatriz (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ipiranga/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Dr. Pepper/Andretti Autosport
27Mike Conway (Bromley, England)Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
34Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota,Colombia)Bogota Es Mundial/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)Levemir and NovoLog/Chip Ganassi Rac
88Ho-Pin Tung (Wenzhou, China)SSM/Dragon Racing Mouser Electronics
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish last six years)
Will Power---------25th---Won
Scott Dixon7th4thWon12th13th2nd
Dario Franchitti8th2nd3rd---Won3rd
Ryan Briscoe19th16th---2nd2nd4th
Helio Castroneves21st5th2ndWon18th5th
Justin Wilson---------9th7th6th
Tony KanaanWon11th4th3rd8th7th
Ryan Hunter-Reay------18th18th19th8th
Graham Rahal---------8th21st9th
Marco Andretti---Won16th14th14th12th
Alex Tagliani---------------14th
Danica Patrick20th8th6th5th16th16th
Mike Conway------------3rd---
Sebastien Bourdais------------------
Mover of the Week
Ed Carpenter - Started 25th on the grid and finished 11th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dario Franchitti
Darkhorse - J.R. Hildebrand
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dario Franchitti) - Finished 20th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Danica Patrick) - Finished 6th
Only five races remain on the 2011 IndyCar docket, as the season begins to wind down. Two weeks ago, Ryan Hunter-Reay captured the New Hampshire race for his fifth career IndyCar title.

The victory moved Hunter-Reay to eighth on the points list, well-behind front- running Dario Franchitti, who boasts a 47-point advantage over Will Power.

Speaking of Power, last year he dominated this race in impressive fashion, as he led all but two of the 75 laps. One year after his serious crash at Infineon Raceway nearly ended his IZOD IndyCar Series career, Power only relinquished the lead when he pitted the second and final time under the green flag. Scott Dixon came in for his stop two laps after Power, but the Aussie easily flew by Dixon after he exited the pits. Power, who started on the pole for the eighth time in 2010, had his 2009 season cut short at Sonoma, where he sustained multiple injuries during a practice crash. He suffered two broken vertebrae and a concussion when his car hit the stalled car of Nelson Philippe, who spun exiting the blind, downhill corner.

In 13 starts this year, Power has four wins and nine top-10 finishes.

In 2009, Dario Franchitti led from start to finish to capture his 12th career IndyCar title. Franchitti, the current points leader and two-time defending IndyCar champion, has added eight titles to his total, ranking him second all- time behind Scott Dixon's 25.

After placing second in 2007, pole sitter Helio Castroneves dominated the Grand Prix of Sonoma in 2008, as he led 51 of the 80 laps en route to his 13th career IndyCar victory. Castroneves led the final 22 laps, as he defeated Ryan Briscoe by 5.2926 seconds. With his win in 2008, Castroneves broke a 30-race winless streak.

In 2007, Scott Dixon reclaimed the lead on lap 73 of the 80-lap race and held on to edge Castroneves by less than a second for his 10th career win. Dixon crossed the finish line 0.5449 of a second ahead of Castroneves. Dixon's win total now stands at 25. Dario Franchitti, who started on the pole in 2007, finished third after leading a race-high 62 laps.

Marco Andretti edged Franchitti in 2006 by less than a second for his first career IndyCar title. In doing so, Andretti became the youngest winner in IndyCar Series history at nineteen-years-old. Pole sitter Scott Dixon led the first 28 laps until Dan Wheldon took over for the next 10. Dixon reclaimed the lead on lap 39 and held on until lap 51 when Andretti took over. With 15 laps to go, Andretti held 4.7784 seconds over Kanaan and five seconds over Danica Patrick both of whom were also in conservation mode. Following a caution, Andretti made a great start and with four laps to go held 0.9523 seconds advantage. Andretti continued to set the pace so the race came down to fuel mileage, as he held on for the win.

The IndyCar Series made its first appearance at Infineon Raceway for the inaugural Grand Prix of Sonoma in 2005. Tony Kanaan came away with the win, as he edged Buddy Rice by 1.1826 seconds for his sixth career IndyCar win. Kanaan reclaimed the lead from Bryan Herta on lap 53 and held on the rest of the way for the first of two 2005 victories. Pole sitter Ryan Briscoe finished 19th due to an accident on the 20th lap with Danica Patrick and Helio Castroneves.

Infineon Raceway is located 30 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge and is at the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country. The road racing course and quarter-mile drag strip were constructed on 720 acres by Marin County owners Robert Marshall Jr., an attorney, and land developer Jim Coleman. Ground was broken in August and paving of the race surface was completed in November. The first official event was an SCCA Enduro on December 1, 1968. Infineon Raceway is one of three permanent road course on the IndyCar schedule.

With his win last year, Power joined Castroneves and Franchitti as the third pole sitter to capture the checkered flag at this race. Castroneves accomplished the feat in 2008 and Franchitti in 2009.

The IZOD Indy Car Series runs on the streets of Baltimore for the first time with the September 4th Baltimore Grand Prix.

08/23 14:43:17 ET

As of August 23, 2011, at 02:43 PM ET

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