IZOD IndyCar Series - Edmonton Indy Preview

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DATE: Sunday, July 22nd
SITE: Edmonton City Centre Airport -- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
TRACK: 2.224-mile, 13-turn temporary street/airport course
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network, TSN2
ANNOUNCERS: Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/ SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 2:45 p.m. (ET)
RUNNER-UP: Helio Castroneves
POLE WINNER: Takuma Sato (Finished 21st)
LAPS: 75
MILES: 166.8
QUALIFYING RECORD: Will Power, 2010 (116.991 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Will Power, 2009 (109.498 m.p.h.)
2011 Finish
1Will Power26Sebastien Bourdais12
2Helio Castroneves97Ryan Hunter-Reay7
3Dario Franchitti48Mike Conway20
4Tony Kanaan119Danica Patrick22
5Justin Wilson1510Ryan Briscoe6
2011 Edmonton Indy Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 90.949 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 57 minutes, 22.5177 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.8089 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 2 for 8 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Takuma Sato (101.971 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Sebastien Bourdais, 101.399 m.p.h., Lap 80
Past Edmonton Indy Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Will Power (2nd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 90.949 m.p.h.
2010 -- Scott Dixon (3rd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 101.666 m.p.h.
2009 -- Will Power (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 109.498 m.p.h. (race record)
2008 -- Scott Dixon (4th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 96.967 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Rexall Edmonton Indy (2008-09), Honda Indy Edmonton
Past Edmonton Indy Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Takuma Sato -- 21st
2010 -- Will Power -- 2nd
2009 -- Will Power -- 1st
2008 -- Ryan Briscoe -- 6th
Last Race Results
RACE: Honda Indy Toronto (July 8th)
SITE: Streets of Toronto -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
MILES: 148.75
LAPS: 85
WINNER: Ryan Hunter-Reay
RUNNER-UP: Charlie Kimball
THIRD: Mike Conway
FOURTH: Tony Kanaan
FIFTH: Oriol Servia
POLE WINNER: Dario Franchitti (Finished 17th)
AVERAGE SPEED: 95.787 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 33 minutes, 26.5096 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 8 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Dario Franchitti 1-5; Will Power 6-25; Simon Pagenaud 26-48; Ryan
Hunter-Reay 49-55; J.R. Hildebrand 56; Hunter-Reay 57-85.
Edmonton Indy Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)Hitachi/Team Penske
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz)Penske Truck Rental/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)Citgo/PDVSA/KV Racing Technology
7Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans,France)TrueCar/Dragon Racing
8Rubens Barrichello (Sao Paulo, Brz)BMC/Embrase/KV Racing Technology
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)GEICO/KV Racing Technology
12 *Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Mike Conway (Bromley, England)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
15Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
18Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Sonny's Bar B-Q/Dale Coyne Racing
19Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England)Boy Scouts America/Dale Coyne Racing
20Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
22Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Dr. Pepper/Andretti Autosport
27James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
67Josef Newgarden (Nashville, TN)Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77Simon Pagenaud (Poitiers, France)Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports
78Simona de Silvestro (Switzerland)Nuclear Clean Air Energy/Lotus-HVM
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)NovoRapid Flex/Chip Ganassi Racing
98Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Team Barracuda/Bryan Herta Autosport
* - Defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last four years)
Will Power---Won2ndWon
Helio Castroneves2nd2nd10th2nd
Dario Franchitti---5th3rd3rd
Tony Kanaan9th21st12th4th
Justin Wilson3rd8th21st5th
Ryan Hunter-Reay8th17th5th7th
Ryan Briscoe6th4th4th10th
J.R. Hildebrand---------11th
Marco Andretti17th10th11th14th
James Hinchcliffe---------15th
Alex Tagliani---13th23rd17th
Oriol Servia5th------22nd
Scott DixonWon3rdWon23rd
Graham Rahal26th7th---25th
Simon Pagenaud------------
Rubens Barrichello------------
Mover of the Week
James Jakes - Started 24th on the grid and finished 8th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Will Power
Darkhorse - Graham Rahal
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dario Franchitti) - Finished 17th
Last Week's Darkhorse (J.R. Hildebrand) - Finished 7th
Will Power captured this race for the second time in three seasons last year, as he clipped Helio Castroneves by less than a second for one of six wins in 2011.

Power, a three-time winner this year, grabbed the lead from pole sitter Takuma Sato on lap 19, and then led 57 of the remaining 80 laps on the newly configured 2.256-mile, 13-turn Edmonton City Centre Airport course.

The Australian had to fend off challenges from teammate Castroneves and Dario Franchitti from Chip Ganassi Racing during the closing laps for his 13th IndyCar win.

Bizarre and controversial are two words that come to mind in regards to the 2010 running of the Edmonton Indy race.

Castroneves held the lead for the final restart with four laps remaining, and Castroneves and his Team Penske teammate Will Power ran side-by-side for the top position as they entered the first turn. Castroneves then moved from the outside lane to the inside and interfered with the progress of Power.

IndyCar official Brian Barnhart charged Castroneves for blocking and issued a drive-through penalty to the Brazilian driver.

Officials black-flagged Castroneves for failing to serve his penalty and placed him at the end of the lead lap in 10th at the finish of the race. Castroneves was furious with the decision, and at the conclusion of the 95-lap race at Edmonton's City Centre Airport course, he confronted IndyCar officials along the pit area and grabbed the shirt of one of the officials. The change in status enabled Scott Dixon to win this race for the second time.

Will Power became a first-time winner in the IndyCar Series with a dominating performance in 2009. Power started on the pole and led 90 of 95 laps, relinquishing the top position only when he pitted. He held a one-second lead over his Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves before the race ended under caution for an incident involving Tomas Scheckter with less than two laps to go.

Starting from the fourth position, Dixon finally took the lead on lap 62 and held on for the duration of the 2008 race, as he defeated Castroneves by 5.9237 seconds. Dixon led the final 30 laps for the 15th of his 27 career IndyCar titles. Pole sitter Ryan Briscoe led the first three laps, but finished sixth.

Power and Dixon are each two-time winners of this race, having alternated wins the first four years. Castroneves has been a hard-luck loser, finishing second, three of the four races. After winning the first race of the 2012 season, Castroneves has posted seven additional top-10 finishes in nine starts.

Edmonton is no stranger to auto racing, as this track was the previous host to the ChampCar Series for three seasons. Sebastien Bourdais was a two-time champion of that race, while Justin Wilson, now racing in IndyCar, captured the checkered flag in 2006. All previous winners at this track are expected to start this week.

After a so-so start to the season, Ryan Hunter-Reay has moved to the top of the standings, thanks to three straight wins. In those starts, Hunter-Reay has led 135 of the 560 laps. Prior to the wins, Hunter-Reay led just four total laps in the previous seven races. In doubling his career win total, he has created a 34-point gap between himself and Power. A win this week will enable him to become the first driver in six years to win four straight IndyCar titles.

The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule continues with the August 5th running of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Scott Dixon won last year's race there.

07/17 14:32:52 ET

As of July 17, 2012, at 02:33 PM ET
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