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Rank Driver Points

1 Josef Newgarden 642
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6 Graham Rahal 522
7 Alexander Rossi 494
8 Takuma Sato 441
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 421
10 Tony Kanaan 403
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15 JR Hildebrand 347
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31 Zachary Claman DeMelo 26
32 Jay Howard 24
33 Zach Veach 23
34 Sage Karam 23
35 James Davison 21
36 Tristan Vautier 15
37 Buddy Lazier 14

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3. Jack Harvey 57
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Indy Car championship road goes through Richmond

Indy Car
Friday, June 27, 2008


This weekend’s SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway, race nine of the IndyCar Series of which Australia’s Gold Coast Indy 300 is a part, just might offer a glimpse of the 2008 IndyCar Series champion.

Of the past seven SunTrust Indy Challenge winners, four have gone on to claim the championship that same year (Sam Hornish Jr 2002, Scott Dixon 2003, Hornish Jr 2006, Dario Franchitti 2007).

Another three champions enjoyed strong finishes in Richmond before taking the title, with Hornish Jr finishing second in 2001, 2004 champion Tony Kanaan finishing fifth and Dan Wheldon also taking fifth in 2005.

Second in Richmond last year before becoming the title runner-up was Brisbane-born Kiwi Dixon, who as the 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner has additional history on his side towards Richmond, with the last two ‘500’ winners – Franchitti and Hornish Jr – also winning there in the same year.

While Dixon will be looking to continue his dominance of the season so far, he will need to be wary of Helio Castroneves who is second in the standings and has enjoyed his previous trips to Richmond with a win in 2005, the 2004 and 2006 pole positions, four top 10 finishes and 187 laps led in six starts.

Castroneves’ teammate Ryan Briscoe and his ‘down under’ comrade Will Power of Team Australia will also be ones to watch, with Power enjoying his best-ever oval finish of ninth last weekend in Iowa and Briscoe running off strong form and the fastest lap in Iowa despite struggling with grip issues.

Whatever happens, the 26 cars set to hit the oval this weekend will have more laps to do it in, with 50 additional laps added to make a 300 lap header. Combined with increased traffic and the introduction of four lap qualifying at Richmond for the first time, the teams will certainly have plenty to think about.

Following the SunTrust Indy Challenge the unified series will continue on a schedule that is the most diverse in world motorsports.

The 2008 schedule will take the teams and drivers to short ovals, superspeedways, and road and street courses including the Gold Coast Indy 300 which is regarded as a ‘crown jewel’ in international motorsport.

With 96 hours of non-stop excitement over October 23-26 as the Gold Coast comes alive to the sound of the IndyCars burning up the track and Australia’s own V8 Supercars scorching around one of the most famous beach-side cities in the world, the event is the hottest ticket in town.

Tickets are now on sale for the Gold Coast Indy 300 with ticket options to suit everyone's needs. Four day Grandstand passes are available for those who prefer to watch the racing from the comfort of their own reserved seat or for those who prefer to wander around and soak up the atmosphere then a four day, weekend or single day General Admission pass might be more their style. For more information on ticket options go to For information on Corporate Hospitality packages please call our Sales Team on (07) 5588 6800.


Scott Dixon - #9 Target Chip Ganassi Honda/Dallara/Firestone
“A run like (this season) for me personally is a direct reflection of the work that the team does at Target Chip Ganassi Racing,” said Dixon.

“I’m fortunate enough to have a great teammate in Dan Wheldon and an owner in Chip (Ganassi) that values your opinion and puts you in the best possible position to contend for race wins.

"To be honest, I don’t really look at the numbers. We as a team are focused on taking one race at a time and that’s all we can do each weekend.”

Helio Castroneves - #3 Team Penske Racing Honda/Dallara/Firestone
“Richmond is one of my favorite tracks on the IndyCar Series circuit," said Castroneves.

"It’s one of the smallest circuits we run at, which means we’re able to turn laps in about 15 seconds. Because of the speeds and the track size, it feels like you’re constantly turning. As a result, Richmond is very physically demanding.

"When you add in the increased car count this season, I think we will see some really exciting action on the track. With more cars in the field, it’ll be tougher to move through traffic, which adds another challenge to this circuit.

"We weren’t quite as fast as we would have liked to have been there last year, but Team Penske has been historically strong on short ovals, so hopefully we’ll be able to turn it around this year and compete for the win.”

Ryan Briscoe - #6 Team Penske Racing Honda/Dallara/Firestone
“Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to test for Firestone at Richmond, and I think it was very useful for me as I try and get more and more oval experience," said Briscoe.

"Not only did running at the track give me a sense of what the race will be like there later this month, but it also helped provide a bit of a baseline for all of the short tracks on the IndyCar Series circuit. The Milwaukee race is a prime example, as I earned my first career IndyCar Series victory at this very challenging short track a couple of weeks ago.

"Now I can certainly say that I’m looking forward to competing on more short ovals this season, including Richmond. The increased car count this season really adds a lot of excitement to these short oval races. If last weekend’s event at Iowa is any indication; we should certainly see an amazing race on Saturday night.

"With so many cars on the track, drivers really have to stay focused and make sure they know where everyone else is at all times.”

Will Power - #8 Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone
“KV Racing Technology has worked very hard and made a lot of progress since the start of the season. I am just so proud of the entire team,” said Power.

“I have also learned a lot about how to drive and compete on ovals. We are not where we want to be yet, but it is nice to see that the hard work is starting to payoff. We just have to continue working and making progress and I look forward to doing that this weekend in Richmond."

ENTRY LIST: IndyCar® Series – SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway
Car - Driver - Entrant
2 - A.J. Foyt IV - Vision Racing
3 - Helio Castroneves - Team Penske
4 - Vitor Meira - Panther Racing
5 - Oriol Servia - KV Racing Technology
6 - Ryan Briscoe - Team Penske
7 - Danica Patrick - Andretti Green Racing
8 - Will Power (R) - KV Racing Technology
9 - Scott Dixon - Target Chip Ganassi Racing
10 - Dan Wheldon - Target Chip Ganassi Racing
11 - Tony Kanaan - Andretti Green Racing
14 - Darren Manning - A.J. Foyt Enterprises
15 - Buddy Rice - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
17 - Ryan Hunter-Reay - Rahal Letterman Racing
18 - Bruno Junqueira - Dale Coyne Racing
19 - Mario Moraes (R) - Dale Coyne Racing
20 - Ed Carpenter - Vision Racing
23 - Townsend Bell - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
24 - John Andretti - Roth Racing
25 - Marty Roth - Roth Racing
26 - Marco Andretti - Andretti Green Racing
27 - Hideki Mutoh (R) - Andretti Green Racing
33 - E.J. Viso (R) - HVM Racing
34 - Jaime Camara (R) - Conquest Racing
36 - Enrique Bernoldi (R) - Conquest Racing
02 - Justin Wilson (R) - Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
06 - Graham Rahal (R) - Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
All cars use Dallara chassis, Honda engines and Firestone tires. Issued: 6/24/08

- The SunTrust Indy Challenge will be the eighth IndyCar Series event conducted at Richmond International Raceway. The top three drivers in points are all past winners at Richmond. Scott Dixon won in 2003, Helio Castroneves won in 2005 and Dan Wheldon won in 2004.
- Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves are also past winners of the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award at Richmond. Dixon won in 2003, while Castroneves won in 2004 and 2006.
- Thirteen drivers entered in the SunTrust Indy Challenge have competed in previous IndyCar Series events at the track. Five of those drivers led laps (Scott Dixon 206, Helio Castroneves 187, Dan Wheldon 58, Vitor Meira 40 and Tony Kanaan 8).
- Four Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the SunTrust Indy Challenge: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Buddy Rice (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Scott Dixon (2008).
- Three IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the SunTrust Indy Challenge: Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005).

- Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon are the only drivers to finish in the top five in seven of the eight races this season.
- Dan Wheldon is the only drivers to complete all 1,586 laps in 2008.
- Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon are the only drivers running at the finish of every race in 2008.

- Helio Castroneves will attempt to make his 106th career IndyCar Series start. It would also be his 104th consecutive start.
- Helio Castroneves can establish an IndyCar Series record for most consecutive seasons with at least one win should he win the SunTrust Indy Challenge. Castroneves is tied with Scott Sharp with victories in seven consecutive seasons.
- Helio Castroneves can extend his IndyCar Series record for consecutive seasons with a pole to seven if he can win the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award presented by Advance Auto Parts.
- Scott Dixon needs to lead 85 more laps to become the fifth driver to lead 2,000 laps in his career. The others to lead at least 2,000 laps are Sam Hornish Jr. (3,428), Helio Castroneves (2,774), Dan Wheldon (2,735) and Tony Kanaan (2,253).
- Scott Dixon has led 633 laps this season. The record for most laps led in a season is 899 by Tony Kanaan in 2004.
- Vitor Meira has gone 84 starts without a victory in the IndyCar Series, the longest drought of any IndyCar Series driver.

1. #9 Scott Dixon 316
2. #3 Helio Castroneves 268
3. #10 Dan Wheldon 267
4. #11 Tony Kanaan 216
5. #27 Hideki Mutoh 199
6. #6 Ryan Briscoe 195
7. #7 Danica Patrick 192
8. #26 Marco Andretti 189
9. #8 Will Power 169
10. #20 Ed Carpenter 166

1. #27 Hideki Mutoh 199
2. #8 Will Power 169
3. #33 EJ Viso 150
4. #06 Graham Rahal 147
5. #36 Enrique Bernoldi 138
6. #02 Justin Wilson 135
7. #19 Mario Moraes 101
8. #24 Jay Howard 62
9. #34 Jaime Camara 58
10. #96 Mario Dominguez 57

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