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2003 Indy 500 Fast Facts

April 30, 2003


WHAT:

87th Indianapolis 500, fourth race in 16-race 2003 IRL IndyCarÔ Series season.


WHERE:

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2.5-mile asphalt oval

WHEN:

11 a.m. (EST), Sunday, May 25


DISTANCE:

200 laps/500 miles


POSTED AWARDS:

More than $9 million


CARS:

Dallara, Falcon and Panoz G Force chassis; Chevrolet Indy V8, Honda Indy V8 and Toyota Indy V8 engines; Firestone tires


2002 RACE WINNER:

Helio Castroneves


2002 SERIES CHAMPION:

Sam Hornish Jr.

TV:

(Pre-Race)
ABC (live), 11 a.m. (EDT), May 25

(Race)
ABC (live), noon (EDT), May 25

Host: Bob Jenkins

Announcers: Paul Page, Scott Goodyear

Pit reporters: Jack Arute, Gary Gerould, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch (This broadcast staff also will work Indy 500-related shows throughout the month of May for ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.)


(MBNA Pole Qualifying,

May 10)


ESPN (live), noon-1 p.m., 5-6 p.m. (EDT)

ABC (live), 1-3 p.m. (EDT)

ESPN2 (live), 6-7 p.m. (EDT)



(Second Day of Qualifying, May 11)


ESPN2 (live), 1-4 p.m., 6-7 p.m. (EDT)

(Bump Day Qualifying,

May 18)
ESPN (live), 1-4 p.m. (EDT)

ABC (live), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)

ESPN2 (live), 6-7 p.m. (EDT)


(Carb Day practice and Pit Stop Competition, May 22)
ESPN2 (live), 3:30-6 p.m. (EDT)


(500 Festival Parade, May 24)
ESPN (live), 2-3:30 p.m. (EDT)

(Indy 500 special, May 24)
ESPN (tape), 3:30-4 p.m. (EDT)

(Indy 500 Review, May 27)
ESPN2 (tape), 8-8:30 p.m. (EDT)

(Indy 500 Celebration Banquet, May 27)
ESPN2 (tape), 8:30-10:30 p.m. (EDT)

("RPM2Night")
ESPN2 (Live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

6:30-7 p.m. (EDT) May 4-9, 12-17, 22-23

7-7:30 p.m. (EDT) May 10, 18

("Pit Pass")
ESPN2 (tape): Tomas Scheckter, May 1, 3 p.m. (EDT);

Helio Castroneves, May 15, 3 p.m. (EDT)

(ESPN Classic, May 24)
1990 Indianapolis 500, 9-11 a.m. (EDT)

1982 Indianapolis 500, 11-1 p.m. (EDT)

1985 Indianapolis 500, 1-3 p.m. (EDT)

1986 Indianapolis 500, 3-5 p.m. (EDT)

1992 Indianapolis 500, 5-7 p.m. (EDT)

Classic Big Ticket, 1981 Indianapolis 500, 7-9:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (EDT)


RADIO (all broadcasts except hourly qualifying updates will be available at indyracing.com, indy500.com):

(Pre-Race)
IMS Radio Network (live), 11 a.m. (EDT), May 25

(Race)

IMS Radio Network (live), Noon (EDT) May 25

Area affiliate: WIBC-AM 1070, Indianapolis

Anchor: Mike King; Analyst: Chris Economaki; Driver analyst: Davey Hamilton; Color Commentator: Dave Wilson; Historian: Donald Davidson; Turn 1 reporter: Jerry Baker; Turn 2: Kevin Lee; Turn 3: Mark Jaynes; Turn 4: Chris Denari; Pit reporters: Adam Alexander, Kim Morris, Jim Murphy; Garage reporter: Chuck Marlow; Medical center reporter: Howdy Bell

(Happy Hour at Indy, May 9)
IMS Radio Network

6:30-7 p.m. (EDT) Anchor: Mike King

(MBNA Pole Qualifying,

May 10)
IMS Radio Network

"Indy AM" (live), Noon-2 p.m. (EDT)

"Indy PM" (live), 6-7 p.m. (EDT)

Pole Day qualifying updates at ":15" and ":45" past the hour from 2:15-7:15 p.m. (EDT)

Anchor: Mike King

(Second Day Qualifying,

May 11)
IMS Radio Network

"Indy AM" (live), 1-2 p.m. (EDT)

"Indy PM" (live), 6-7 p.m. (EDT)

Qualifying updates at ":15" and ":45" past the hour from 2:15-7:15 p.m. (EDT)

Anchor: Mike King

(Bump Day Qualifying,

May 18)
IMS Radio Network

"Indy AM" (live), 1-2 p.m. (EDT)

"Indy PM" (live), 6-7 p.m. (EDT)

Bump Day qualifying updates at ":15" and ":45" past the hour from 2:15-7:15 p.m. (EDT)

Anchor: Mike King

(Carb Day Recap, May 22)
IMS Radio Network

9-10 p.m. (EDT)

Anchor: Mike King

(Indy 500 preview, May 4)
IMS Radio Network

6-7 p.m. (EDT)

Anchor: Mike King

("Indy Live" Talk Show,

May 6, 8, 15, 20)
IMS Radio Network

9-10 p.m. (EDT)

Anchor: Mike King

SCHEDULE (All times local; subject to change):

Sunday, May 4 (Indianapolis Star Opening Day) - $5 admission; 12 and under free 9 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

11 a.m.-noon
IndyCar Series driver autograph session

1-6 p.m.
IndyCar Series practice


Monday, May 5-Thursday, May 8 - $5 admission; 5 and under free

9 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

11 a.m.-6 p.m.
IndyCar Series practice


Friday, May 9 (Fast Friday) - $5 admission; 5 and under free

8 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

11 a.m.-6 p.m.
IndyCar Series practice


Saturday, May 10 (Pole Day) - $10 admission; 5 and under free

7 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

8-10 a.m.
IndyCar Series practice

11 a.m.-6 p.m.
MBNA Pole Qualifying


Sunday, May 11 (Second-day qualifying/Marsh Mother's Day) - $10 admission; 5 and under free

8 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

10-11:15 a.m.
IndyCar Series practice

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Marsh Mother's Day Brunch (Tickets available at Marsh or the gate)

Noon-6 p.m.
Qualifications


Monday, May 12-Tuesday, May 13 - No track activity

Wednesday, May 14 - $5 admission; 5 and under free

9 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

11 a.m.-6 p.m.
IndyCar Series practice


Thursday, May 15 - $5 admission; 5 and under free

9 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Infiniti Pro Series practice

Noon-6 p.m.
IndyCar Series practice


Friday, May 16 - $5 admission; 5 and under free

9 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

9-10 a.m.
Infiniti Pro Series practice

10:30-11:30 a.m.
IndyCar Series practice

11:45-1 p.m.
Infiniti Pro Series qualifications

1:15-5:20 p.m.
IndyCar Series qualifying

5:30-6 p.m.
Infiniti Pro Series final practice


Saturday, May 17 - $5 admission; 5 and under free

8 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

10 a.m.-1 p.m.
IndyCar Series practice

2 p.m.
Inaugural Freedom 100 Infiniti Pro Series race (40 laps/100 miles)

3:15-6 p.m.
IndyCar Series practice


Sunday, May 18 (Bump Day/Armed Forces Day) - $10 admission; 5 and under free 8 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

10-11:15 a.m.
IndyCar Series practice

Noon-6 p.m.
Qualifications

Monday, May 19-Tuesday, May 20 - No track activity

Wednesday, May 21 (500 Festival Community Day) - $5 admission; 5 and under free 11 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Public track lap

2-6 p.m.
Garages open

3-6 p.m.
Garage tours/driver autographs


Thursday, May 22 (Carb Day) - $10 admission; 5 and under free 8 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
IndyCar Series final practice

1:30 p.m.
Indy 500 Pit Stop Competition

3:30-5:30 p.m.
Carb Day Concert


Friday, May 23 - No track activity


Saturday, May 24 - No track activity 9 a.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates open

9 a.m.
IndyCar Series driver autograph session

11 a.m.
Public drivers meeting (Tower Terrace)


Sunday, May 25 (87th Indianapolis 500) - Reserved seats available; General admission $20 5 a.m.
Military bomb signals opening of Indianapolis Motor Speedway public gates

11 a.m.
Start, 87th Indianapolis 500 (200 laps/500 miles) ABC (live)


THE TRACK:

2.5-mile paved oval

Frontstretch and backstretch: 5/8-mile

Turns and short chutes: 1/4-mile

Width: 50 feet on the straightaways; 60 feet in the turns.

Banking: Turns are banked at 9 degrees, 12 minutes.

·The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built in 1909 and is the international leader in motorsports entertainment. Home since 1911 to the Indianapolis 500, the world's largest single-day sporting event, the Speedway also plays host to the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race and the United States Grand Prix Formula One race, two of the largest single-day sporting events in the world. In addition to more than 250,000 permanent seats, the Speedway property includes the Hall of Fame Museum, the Brickyard Crossing 18-hole championship golf course and the Brickyard Crossing Inn.

RACE NOTES:

87th Indianapolis 500:

·Five Indianapolis 500 champions are entered for the Indianapolis 500: Arie Luyendyk (1990, 1997), Al Unser Jr. (1992, 1994), Buddy Lazier (1996), Kenny Brack (1999) and Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002).

·Five IRL IndyCar Series champions are entered in the Indianapolis 500: Scott Sharp (1996 co-champion), Kenny Brack (1998), Greg Ray (1999), Buddy Lazier (2000) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2001, 2002). A.J. Foyt IV, the 2002 Infiniti Pro Series champion and grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, also will attempt to qualify.

·Drivers entered in the 87th Indianapolis 500 have accounted for 157 IRL or CART wins, 12 IRL or CART championships and eight Indianapolis 500 wins. Teams that have entered cars for the "500" have tallied 19 Indianapolis 500 wins and 27 IRL or CART championships.

·Michael Andretti, who has led 398 laps in 13 races at Indianapolis, the most of any driver without a win, will retire as a driver following the 87th Indianapolis 500.

·Helio Castroenves, one of only five drivers to win consecutive Indianapolis 500-Mile Races, having won in 2001 and 2002, will attempt to become the first driver to win three "500s" in a row.


SERIES NOTES:

IndyCar Series:
·Both events in the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series season that have finished under green have featured a finish of less than one second. At the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Scott Dixon defeated Gil de Ferran by .5752 of a second for victory. At the Purex Dial Indy 200 on March 23 at Phoenix International Raceway, Tony Kanaan defeated Helio Castroneves by .9328 of a second. The Phoenix race was the 29th time an IndyCar Series event had a margin of victory of less than a second. The Indy Japan 300 on April 13 ended under caution.

·Scott Dixon won the Toyota Indy 300 on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in his first IRL IndyCar Series event. The only other times a driver has won the race in his first start was when Juan Montoya won the 84th Indianapolis 500 in 2000 and when Buzz Calkins won the inaugural series event in January 1996 at Orlando, Fla. Montoya drove for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, as does Dixon.

·Scott Sharp won the Indy Japan 300 on April 13 at Twin Ring Motegi, giving him a record-tying eighth IndyCar Series win. Sam Hornish Jr. and Buddy Lazier also have won eight races. Sharp's victory marked the seventh consecutive season Sharp has scored a victory, a series record.


2003 STATISTICS:


2003 points leaders
1. Scott Sharp 106

2. Tony Kanaan 102

3. Felipe Giaffone 92

4. Kenny Brack 89

5. Helio Castroneves 83

2003 money leaders

1. Kenny Brack $258,450

2. Scott Sharp 249,200

3. Tony Kanaan 247,300


2003 wins

1. Scott Dixon 1

Tony Kanaan 1

Scott Sharp 1
2003 Bombardier rookie points

1. Roger Yasukawa 38

2. A.J. Foyt IV 37

3. Dan Wheldon 26

Scott Mayer 26


2003 laps led

1. Tony Kanaan 185

2. Scott Dixon 132

3. Gil de Ferran 92


2003 MBNA Poles
1. Tony Kanaan 2

2. Scott Dixon 1*

*Pole was awarded based on practice speed after qualifying was rained out at Motegi. 

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