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Indy 400 Fact Sheet
FIRESTONE INDY 400 IRL IndyCar Series Race
(11th event on the 17-race 2005 IRL IndyCar Series schedule)
Sunday, July 31, 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
Television: Live on ABC
Live on IMS Radio Network. Area affiliates include: WTKA 1050-AM
(Ann Arbor); WKHM 970-AM (Jackson).
Official pre- and post-race
tailgate shows and official Michigan
International Speedway WTKA 1050-AM (Ann Arbor), WKHM 105.3-FM (Jackson)
and WITL 100.7-FM (Lansing).
2004 Race Winner:
Buddy Rice, Pioneer Argent Honda G-Force, average speed 182.123
mph, 2 hours, 11 minutes, 46.7517 sec. Margin of Victory 0.0796
seconds over Tony Kanaan.
2004 Pole Winner:
Tony Kanaan, Team 7-Eleven Honda G-Force, 215.871 mph, time 33.3533
2004 Race Recap:
Buddy Rice waited patiently behind race-leader Tony
Kanaan and then made his move with 10 laps remaining, passing the
almost dominant Kanaan to win the IRL IndyCar Series Michigan Indy
400. Kanaan, who led for a total of 183 of the 200-lap race on the
banked two-mile oval, finished second, 0.0796 of a second, or about
one car length, behind Rice in the fourth fastest IRL IndyCar Series
race ever (182.123 avg. mph). Kanaan led the first 125 laps, gave
up the lead to Rice and Darren Manning during a caution period between
laps 124-130, and then quickly regained the lead on the restart.
Dan Wheldon finished third with Sam Hornish Jr. fourth and Meira
Vitor fifth. No driver other than Kanaan led under green flag conditions
until Rice made his late move.
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DID YOU KNOW
FIRESTONE INDY 400 FACTS
* Rookie Danica Patrick,
driver of the #16 Argent Pioneer Honda for Rahal Letterman Racing,
will be making her debut at MIS. The highest finish for a woman
in an IRL IndyCar race at MIS came in 2002, when Sarah Fisher led
the open-wheel race, but settled for an eighth place finish.
* Only three rookie drivers
in the history of the IRL IndyCar Series have
won a race in their first season of competition. The last was Tomas
Scheckter in 2002 at Michigan International Speedway. Buzz Calkins
(1996 at Walt Disney World) and Jim Guthrie (1997 at Phoenix) also
won in their rookie seasons. Will this year's top rookie Danica
Patrick be the fourth? She has led the most laps of any rookie since
Scheckter in 2002.
* Tony Kanaan, driver
of the #11 7-Eleven Honda, broke an MIS record by leading 183 laps
in last year's 400-mile IndyCar Series event. Kanaan bested Sam
Hornish Jr's record of 126 laps led, which was set in 2003.
Ironically, both drivers finished second in their respective races.
Nigel Mansell holds the record for most laps led in a 500-mile event
at MIS with 222 in 1993.
* Last year, Buddy Rice
broke the MIS race record by averaging 182.123 mph for 400 miles.
* In 2004, Buddy Rice
became just the sixth driver in history to win the
Indianapolis 500 and the open-wheel event at MIS in the same year.
Juan Pablo Montoya was the last driver to achieve that feat in 2000.
Other drivers who have completed the feat include-Johnny Rutherford
in 1980, Gordon Johncock in 1982, Bobby Rahal in 1986 and Rick Mears
* With Buddy Rice's victory
in last year's IndyCar Series race at MIS,
there have now been 11 different race winners in 11 open-wheel events
at MIS since 1995. Scott Goodyear was MIS' last repeat winner when
he won in 1994 and 1992.
* Recently, it might
seem if you want to win an open-wheel race at MIS you better start
sixth. Until 2003, no driver had won an open-wheel race at MIS starting
from the sixth position until Alex Barron and Buddy Rice
accomplished the feat the past two years (Barron-2003, Rice-2004).
* On the other side,
if you want to win an open-wheel race at MIS, you may
not want to start third or fourth. Only six total drivers have won
both the third and fourth starting positions, but none since 1984
(21 years ago) when Mario Andretti won from the third spot. Pancho
Carter was the last driver to win an MIS open-wheel event from the
fourth starting position back in 1981.
* In 2003, the IRL IndyCar
Series race at MIS was the closest finish in
track history as race winner Alex Barron edged Sam Hornish Jr. by
* Tomas Scheckter, driver
of the #4 Pennzoil Chevrolet for Panther racing, will look for his
second win at MIS and his third pole. Scheckter has
captured two IRL IndyCar Series poles at MIS in 2002 and 2003 and
won the first IndyCar Series race at MIS in 2002. He is the last
driver to win an open-wheel race at MIS from the pole. Scheckter
has already visited Victory Lane in 2005 after taking the checkered
flag from the pole at Texas Motor Speedway on June 11.
* Roger Penske is the
only car owner in MIS history to have all three
drivers finish 1-2-3 in a race. In 1980, Mario Andretti finished
Unser second and Rick Mears third as the Captain swept the podium
that day. Can Andretti Green Racing accomplish that feat in 2005
as three drivers are currently sitting in the top four in the point
standings (Dan Wheldon-1st, Tony Kanaan-2nd, Dario Franchitti-4th)?
* Only two drivers have
won back-to-back open-wheel races at MIS. Bobby Unser captured two
in a row in July and September of 1979 and Mario Andretti was victorious
in July and September of 1984. Can Buddy Rice join this elite group
* Patrick Carpentier,
driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota for Cheever
Racing, will be making his sixth career start at MIS, but his first
since 2001, when he recorded his first career open-wheel victory
at the 2-mile oval. In the 2001 event, Carpentier defeated Dario
Franchitti by .243 of a
second. He won the race after starting in the 21st position, which
farthest back a driver has won an open-wheel race from in MIS history.
Since then, he has reached victory lane on four other occasions.
* This year's Firestone
Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway will
be the 54th IndyCar race in the track's storied 37-year history.
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