IndyCar Thursday Notes

Sam Schmidt Motorsports, which has three pole starts and one victory in Firestone Indy Lights at Milwaukee (with Alex Lloyd in 2007), will make its first IZOD IndyCar start at the Mile. Lloyd will drive the No. 19 Boys Scouts of America car for Dale Coyne Racing this weekend. … The race will be Alex Tagliani's 165th start in a major open-wheel racing. … Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti will drive the No. 10 Downy, the fabric softener from Proctor & Gamble, car. … Drivers will have 20 uses of the Honda overtake assist, each lasting 11 seconds, over the 225 laps at Milwaukee.

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