FANTASTIC FINISHES A STAPLE OF INDYCAR SERIES RACING

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The drivers of the IndyCar Series proved once again that the series can claim some of the most breathtaking finishes in worldwide motorsports. The Delphi Indy 300 Sept. 7 at Chicagoland Speedway featured a photo finish in which Sam Hornish Jr. defeated Scott Dixon by just .0099 of a second in the third closest IndyCar Series race in history. Bryan Herta finished third, just .0100 of a second behind Hornish and an unbelievable .0001 behind second-place Dixon. The .0100 margin from first to third was the closest 1-2-3 finish in the series history. In all, 35 of the 85 IndyCar Series races have had a finish of less than a second. This year, eight races have had a margin of victory of less than a second, tying the record set in 2002. And when it comes to winning those nail-biting races, no driver has had more success than two-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. Hornish has won the top three closest finishes in IndyCar Series history. In addition to this year's Chicago race, Hornish defeated Al Unser Jr. in 2002 at Chicago by .0024 of a second, the closest finish in history. The week after Chicago, Hornish defeated Helio Castroneves by .0096 of a second at Texas Motor Speedway in the second-closest finish in history. Hornish has been involved in 10 of the top-16 closest finishes in history and has a record of 5-5. He won the closest finish in history as well as the, second, third, sixth and seventh closest and has finished second in the fifth, 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th closest. "I hate to lose, so I try to win as many races as I can," Hornish said. "I can't stand it, especially when I know that I did something wrong, not to be able to win the race." The last two races of the 2003 season take place at California Speedway (Sept. 21) and Texas Motor Speedway (Oct. 15). In addition to last year's thrilling win at Texas, Hornish also won at Texas in Oct. 2001 when he defeated Scott Sharp by .0188 of a second, the sixth closest finish in IndyCar Series history. At California in 2002, Hornish defeated Jaques Lazier by .0281 of a second in the seventh-closest finish in IndyCar Series history. The Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway is Sept. 21 and will be broadcast live at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ABC-TV and the IMS Radio Network. For tickets, log onto www.californiaspeedway.com or call (800) 944-7223. The season-ending Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is Oct. 12 and will be broadcast live at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) by ESPN and the IMS Radio Network. For tickets, log onto www.texasmotorspeedway or call (817) 215-8500. 35 Finishing Margins Of Less Than One Second in IRL IndyCar Series History Margin Date Track (winner, runner-up) 1. .0024 of a second Sept. 8, 2002 Chicagoland (Sam Hornish Jr., Al Unser Jr.) 2. .0096 Sept. 15, 2002 Texas (Sam Hornish Jr., Helio Castroneves) 3. .0099 Sept. 7, 2003 Chicagoland (Sam Hornish Jr., Scott Dixon) 4. .0111 June 8, 2002 Texas (Jeff Ward, Al Unser Jr.) 5. .0121 July 27, 2003 Michigan (Alex Barron, Sam Hornish Jr.) 6. .0188 Oct. 6, 2001 Texas (Sam Hornish Jr., Scott Sharp) 7. .0281 March 24, 2002 California (Sam Hornish Jr., Jaques Lazier) 8. .059 June 11, 2000 Texas (Scott Sharp, Robby McGehee) 9. .064 Aug. 17, 1997 New Hampshire (Robbie Buhl, Vincenzo Sospiri) 10. .0810 June 7, 2003 Texas (Al Unser Jr., Tony Kanaan) 11. .093 Aug. 11, 2002 Kentucky (Felipe Giaffone, Sam Hornish Jr.) 12. .120 June 27, 1999 Pikes Peak (Greg Ray, Sam Schmidt) 13. .140 Oct. 15, 2000 Texas (Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever Jr.) 14. .1697 Aug. 24, 2003 Nazareth (Helio Castroneves, Sam Hornish Jr.) 15. .1741 July 7, 2002 Kansas (Airton Dar?, Sam Hornish Jr.) 16. .1976 July 8, 2001 Kansas (Eddie Cheever Jr., Sam Hornish Jr.) 17. .222 June 29, 1997 Pikes Peak (Tony Stewart, Stephan Gregoire) 18. .2990 May 25, 2003 Indianapolis (Gil de Ferran, Helio Castroneves) 19. .4

243 July 20, 2002 Nashville (Alex Barron, Gil de Ferran) 20. .445 Aug. 29, 1999 Pikes Peak (Greg Ray, Davey Hamilton) 21. .4969 April 21, 2002 Nazareth (Scott Sharp, Felipe Giaffone) 22. .570 May 29, 1997 Indianapolis (Arie Luyendyk, Scott Goodyear) 23. .5752 March 2, 2003 Homestead-Miami (Scott Dixon, Gil de Ferran) 24. .617 Sept. 26, 1999 Las Vegas (Sam Schmidt, Kenny Brack) 25. .689 July 19, 1998 Dover (Scott Sharp, Buddy Lazier) 26. .695 May 26, 1996 Indianapolis (Buddy Lazier, Davy Jones) 27. .731 Aug. 1, 1999 Dover (Greg Ray, Buddy Lazier) 28. .8466 Aug. 10, 2003 Gateway (Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan) 29. .854 March 23, 1997 Phoenix (Jim Guthrie, Tony Stewart) 30. .866 Jan. 27, 1996 Walt Disney World (Buzz Calkins, Tony Stewart) 31. .888 June 12, 1999 Texas (Scott Goodyear, Greg Ray) 32. .926 Oct. 11, 1998 Las Vegas (Arie Luyendyk, Sam Schmidt) 33. .928 June 6, 1998 Texas (Billy Boat, Greg Ray) 34. .9328 March 23, 2003 Phoenix (Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves) 35. .944 Aug. 29, 1998 Atlanta (Kenny Brack, Davey Hamilton) IRL IndyCar Series Finishing Statistics Season: 1996 Races: 3 Caution Finish: 0 Green Finish: 3 Less Than One Second: 2 Season: 1996-97 Races: 10 Caution: Finish 2 Green Finish: 8 Less Than One Second: 4 Season: 1998 Races: 11 Caution Finish: 0 Green Finish: 11 Less Than One Second: 4 Season: 1999 Races: 10 Caution Finish: 1 Green Finish: 9 Less Than One Second: 5 Season: 2000 Races: 9 Caution Finish: 1 Green Finish: 8 Less Than One Second: 2 Season: 2001 Races: 13 Caution Finish: 1 Green Finish: 12 Less Than One Second: 2 Season: 2002 Races: 15 Caution Finish: 2 Green Finish: 13 Less Than One Second: 8 Season: 2003* Races: 14 Caution Finish: 4 Green Finish: 10 Less Than One Second: 8 *After 14 of 16 races

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