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IRL AUTO RACING SERIES

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Firestone Indy 400

Sunday, July 31, 2005 on ABC

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Firestone Indy 400 Fact Sheet

What: FIRESTONE INDY 400 IRL IndyCar Series Race
(11th event on the 17-race 2005 IRL IndyCar Series schedule)

When: Sunday, July 31, 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan

Television: Live on ABC

Radio: 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 seconds.

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.

Tickets: Reserved seats still available for the Firestone Indy 400 by
calling the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or 517-592-6672) or by going on-line at www.MISpeedway.com. All seats are just $40 and children 12 and under are free all weekend. Tickets for practice and qualifying on Saturday, July 30 are just $10.

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 in 1991.

* 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 from
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 .0121
seconds.

* 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 first, Bobby
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 this year?

* 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 is the
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.

Source: Michigan International Speedway

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