IRL notebook

Alex Lloyd will return to the #26 Automatic Fire Sprinklers entry in the Indy Pro Series after missing the last two events with an illness. Rookies C.R. Crews, Ben Petter and Racer Kashima will also race in the WAMZ 100. Crews will make his first Indy Pro Series start on an oval, driving for Guthrie Racing while Petter, a midget car driver from Redmond, Wash., will make his series debut with Michael Crawford Motorsports. Kashima, who was the first Japanese driver to race in the series in 2004, also will drive for Michael Crawford Motorsports. . Marco Andretti is currently 7th in IndyCar Series points. This is the highest a rookie has been in points with three races to go since Felipe Giaffone was 4th in the standings at this point in the 2001 season. Giaffone finished sixth. . The top six drivers in the 2006 IndyCar Series standings have an average finish of 6.49.

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