Iowa Corn Indy 250

presented by Pionee

 Dixon, Castroneves to continue points battle at Iowa AGR looking for another 1-2 sweep

Date / Time  Sunday, June 22  1 p.m. (EDT) Track  Iowa Speedway Distance  250 laps / 218.75 miles TV  ABC (Live) Radio  IMS Radio Network / XM Satellite Radio  (Live) 2007 Winner  Dario Franchitti 2007 Polesitter  Scott Dixon Iowa Speedway  .875-mile oval First IndyCar Series race in 2007 Seats: 40,000

Jeld-Wen 100 Date / Time Saturday, June 21 5:15 p.m. (EDT) Track Iowa Speedway Distance 115 laps/100 miles TV ESPN2 (Taped) 5:30 p.m. June 26 Radio IMS Radio Network 2007 Winner Alex Lloyd 2007 Polesitter Wade Cunningham

Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer

First-time winner at Iowa? With nine rookies in the IndyCar Series field and several other drivers competing in the IndyCar Series for the first time, will a driver win his or her first race at Iowa Speedway? Already this season, Graham Rahal, Danica Patrick and Ryan Briscoe have won their first career races. Dixon maintains points lead Scott Dixon holds a 35-point lead in the standings over Helio Castroneves. Dixon has three victories and has led 566 of the last 1,053 laps, including 58 or more laps in five consecutive races. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 champion won the pole at Iowa last year. Can Dixon maintain his dominance? Andretti Green Racing eyes top spots Andretti Green Racing drivers finished 1-2 at Iowa last year, with Dario Franchitti winning the race and Marco Andretti finishing second. This season, the team has one victory in the first seven races, compared to last year when it went to Iowa with three wins. Can one of the team’s four drivers claim another victory at Iowa? Level playing field Last year’s race at Iowa Speedway proved to be a boon to the smaller teams. Rahal Letterman Racing finished third, Dreyer and Reinbold Racing placed two cars in the top 10, including a season-best fourth by Buddy Rice, A.J. Foyt Racing was fifth and Vision Racing was sixth. Can a driver from one of these teams score a victory at Iowa? Meira eyes Victory Lane Vitor Meira led 71 laps at Iowa last year before finishing ninth. He comes to Iowa on the heels of a second-place finish at Indianapolis, where he led 12 laps, and a seventh-place finish at Texas, where he led 38 laps. Can Meira find Victory Lane at Iowa? Race Notes: The Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer will be the second IndyCar Series event conducted at Iowa Speedway. Dario Franchitti won the inaugural event. Scott Dixon won the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award at Iowa last year. Twelve drivers entered in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer raced in last year’s IndyCar Series event at the track. Six of those drivers led laps (Vitor Meira 71, Helio Castroneves 59, Scott Dixon 10, Buddy Rice 5, Marco Andretti 4 and Danica Patrick 1). Four Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Buddy Rice (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Scott Dixon (2008). Three IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer: Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005). Season-to-Date: ·         Helio Castroneves is the only driver to finish in the top five in all seven races this season. Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan are the only other drivers to finish in the top 10 in six races. ·         Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon are the only drivers to complete all 1,336 laps in 2008. ·         Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon are the only drivers running at the finish of every race in 2008. Milestones & Records: Helio Castroneves will attempt to make his 105th career IndyCar Series start. It would also be his 103rd consecutive start. Helio Castroneves can establish an IndyCar Series record for most consecutive seasons with at least one win should he win the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer. Castroneves is tied with Scott Sharp with victories in seven consecutive seasons. Helio Castroneves can extend his IndyCar Series record for consecutive seasons with a pole to seven if he can win the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award presented by Boyer Petroleum. Scott Dixon needs to lead 85 more laps to become the fifth driver to lead 2,000 laps in his career. The others to lead at least 2,000 laps are Sam Hornish Jr. (3,428), Helio Castroneves (2,682), Dan Wheldon (2,674) and Tony Kanaan (2,182). Vitor Meira has gone 83 starts without a victory in the IndyCar Series, the longest drought of any IndyCar Series driver. JELD-WEN 100 Highly-competitive season resumes with JELD-WEN 100 After two weeks off, the Firestone Indy Lights season continues with the series’ second visit to Iowa Speedway – the shortest track on the 2008 schedule. San Diego’s Richard Antinucci, who drives for the same team that took Alex Lloyd to the inaugural Iowa event victory, leads England’s Dillon Battistini by a single point while J.R. Hildebrand of Sausalito, Calif., is just 15 points back. Brazil’s Raphael Matos is 31 points back. Can Sam Schmidt Motorsports win at Iowa again? Sam Schmidt Motorsports won the inaugural race at Iowa with Alex Lloyd. It returns this season with four cars and drivers Richard Antinucci, Ana Beatriz Jon Brownson and James Davison.  Can one of those drivers continue the string of the team’s success on the 7/8-mile oval? Ladies first? For the first time in series history, two female drivers are competing for the 2008 championship. Brazil's Ana Beatriz and Switzerland's Cyndie Allemann join the series as Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year candidates and are attempting to become the second and third women to compete at Indianapolis in the Firestone Freedom 100. Beatriz, who is fifth in points, benefits from the championship experience of Sam Schmidt Motorsports, while Allemann, who is 18th in points drives for American Spirit Racing, which was one of six teams to win in 2007. Race Notes: Familiar names race in the JELD-WEN 100 The JELD-WEN 100 entry list features several drivers hoping to emulate their family’s success in open-wheel racing ·         Richard Antinucci, the nephew of 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr., drives the No. 7 Lucas Oil/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car. He will be making his first start at the Iowa Speedway in the same car that won last year’s race. ·         Sean Guthrie, driver of the No. 4 Carcrafters Guthrie Racing car, is the son of three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Jim Guthrie. Guthrie, who qualified third for last year’s race, finished 20th after crashing. ·         Arie Luyendyk Jr., driver of the No. 26 Andretti Green Racing/AFS Racing car, also seeks his first win at Iowa. The second-generation driver is the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk. He will make his first start at Iowa. Hawkeye tie Steve Eppard, formerly of Bettendorf, Iowa, owns SWE Racing, which fields the No. 43 car for Robbie Pecorari. Eppard’s company, SWE Race Car Parts, also serves as a series sponsor – offering the prize given to the race’s pole winner. Season To Date: ·         Five drivers have won races this year – Dillon Battistini, Raphael Matos, Richard Antinucci, J.R. Hildebrand and Bobby Wilson.Battistini is the only driver to win more than one race (Homestead and Indianapolis.) ·         Richard Antinucci has finished first or second in four of the six races this season. He won St. Petersburg 2 and finished second at Homestead, St. Petersburg 1 and Indianapolis. Dillon Battistini and J.R. Hildebrand also have four top-five finishes in six starts. ·         Sean Guthrie is the only driver tohave completed every lap of competition (354) this season. Milestones: ·         Bobby Wilson tied Wade Cunningham's series record for consecutive seasons with a win with his victory in the Milwaukee 100 on June 1. Wilson has won in each of the last three seasons. ·         Arie Luyendyk Jr. will attempt to make his 53rd Firestone Indy Lights start at Iowa Speedway, which would extend his series record. ·         Bobby Wilson will attempt to make his 35th consecutive start, which is second on the all-time list. Jaime Camara holds the series record with 42 consecutive starts from 2005-2007. Schedule (local time): June 20 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. – Firestone Indy Lights practice (two groups) 1-3 p.m. – IndyCar Series Open Test 3:20 p.m. – SWE Pole Qualifying 4:30-6:30 p.m. – IndyCar Series Open Test June 21 10:30 a.m. – Noon – IndyCar Series practice 1:30-3:30 p.m. – IndyCar Series practice (two groups) 3:45 p.m. – Jeld-Wen 100 pre-race 4:15 p.m. – Jeld-Wen 100 (115 laps/100 miles) 5:30 p.m. – PEAK Motor Oil Pole Qualifying presented by Boyer Petroleum June 22 11:30 a.m. – Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer pre-race 12:30 p.m. – Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer (250 laps/218.75 miles)