IZOD IndyCar Series - MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships Preview

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DATE: Saturday, September 15th
SITE: Auto Club Speedway (1997) -- Fontana, California
TRACK: two-mile oval - 3,100 feet (Frontstretch); 2,500 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 84,000 (Grandstand Seating)
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
ANNOUNCERS: Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 8:45 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: 2005 race winner Dario Franchitti
RUNNER-UP: Tony Kanaan
POLE WINNER: Dario Franchitti (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 250
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Helio Castroneves, 2003 (226.757 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Sam Hornish Jr., 2003 (207.151 m.p.h.)
2005 Finish
1Dario Franchitti16Dan Wheldon7
2Tony Kanaan107Tomas Scheckter2
3Vitor Meira138Tomas Enge11
4Scott Sharp99Helio Castroneves6
5Sam Hornish Jr310Scott Dixon15
2005 MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 168.567 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 22 minutes, 22.6114 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.1117 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 29 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Dario Franchitti (219.398 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Dan Wheldon, 219.485 m.p.h., Lap 46
Past MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Champion Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Not Held
2010 -- Not Held
2009 -- Not Held
2008 -- Not Held
2007 -- Not Held
2006 -- Not Held
2005 -- Dario Franchitti (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 168.567 m.p.h.
2004 -- Adrian Fernandez (5th) -- Panoz G Force-Honda -- 178.826 m.p.h.
2003 -- Sam Hornish Jr (10th) -- Dallara-Chevrolet -- 207.151 m.p.h. (record)
2002 -- Sam Hornish Jr (4th) -- Dallara-Chevrolet -- 179.345 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Yamaha Indy 400 (2002) and Toyota Indy 400 (2003-05).
Past MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Not Held
2010 -- Not Held
2009 -- Not Held
2008 -- Not Held
2007 -- Not Held
2006 -- Not Held
2005 -- Dario Franchitti -- 1st
2004 -- Helio Castroneves -- 7th
2003 -- Helio Castroneves -- 6th
2002 -- Eddie Cheever -- 20th
Last Race Results
RACE: Grand Prix of Baltimore (September 2nd)
SITE: Streets of Baltimore -- Baltimore, Maryland
MILES: 153
LAPS: 75
WINNER: Ryan Hunter-Reay
RUNNER-UP: Ryan Briscoe
THIRD: Simon Pagenaud
FOURTH: Scott Dixon
FIFTH: Rubens Barrichello
POLE WINNER: Will Power (Finished 6th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 9 minutes, 2.9522 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.4391 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 71.136 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Will Power 1-18; Ryan Hunter-Reay 19-20; James Hinchcliffe 21;
Hunter-Reay 22; Hinchcliffe 23; Takuma Sato 24-35; Hunter-Reay
36; Simon Pagenaud 37-50; Hunter-Reay 51-52; Power 53-56; Alex
Tagliani 57; Ryan Briscoe 58-68; Hunter-Reay 69-75.
MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)IZOD/Team Penske
3Helio Castroneves (Brazil)Auto Club/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)Citgo/PDVSA/KV Racing Technology
6Katherine Legge (Guildford,England)TrueCar/Dragon Racing
8Rubens Barrichello (Brazil)BMC/Embrase/KV Racing Technology
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Cottonelle/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)GEICO/Mouser Electronics/KVRT
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Wade Cunningham (Auckland, New Zeal.)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
15Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
17Sebastian Saavedra (Colombia)AFS/Andretti Autosport
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 Racing
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)RC Cola/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 Energy/Lotus-HVM Racing
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)NovoLog FlexPen/Chip Ganassi Racing
98Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Barracuda/Bryan Herta Autosport
Leading Contenders (Finish the last four races)
Dario Franchitti------6thWon
Tony Kanaan---3rd2nd2nd
Helio Castroneves5th6th7th9th
Scott Dixon---2nd8th10th
Will Power------------
Marco Andretti--------
Ryan Briscoe------------
Ryan Hunter-Reay------------
James Hinchcliffe------------
Mover of the Week
E.J. Viso - Started 22nd on the grid and finished 9th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Helio Castroneves
Darkhorse - Rubens Barrichello
Last Week's Pick to Win (Will Power) - Finished 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mike Conway) - Finished 16th
The IZOD IndyCar Series returns to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. this week for the final race of the season, the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships.

Four drivers are still mathematically in the hunt to capture the series title. For the seventh consecutive season, the final race will decide the IndyCar Championship.

Will Power holds down the top spot, 17 points ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay, while Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon are 52 and 53 points back respectively. Although Power has led heading into the final race of the season the past two years, he has yet to capture the championship.

This is the 11th Indy race at Auto Club Speedway and the first since 2005, when Dario Franchitti captured the checkered flag. The CART and Champ Car held six Indy car races at Auto Club Speedway from 1997-2002. Mauricio Gugelmin won the pole for the first Indy car race at Auto Club Speedway in 1997. Mark Blundell won the race. Franchitti (2005) is the only driver to win at Auto Club Speedway from the pole position.

Tony Kanaan will attempt to make his 196th consecutive Indy car start, dating to Portland in 2001. Jimmy Vasser holds the all-time record of 211.

The 2013 IndyCar season is set to begin March 24 in Florida for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Helio Castroneves is the defending race winner.

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As of September 14, 2012, at 04:19 PM ET
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