IndyCar Sets Record for Entries at Chicagoland Speedway
Twenty-nine cars are expected to enter Chicagoland Speedway’s PEAK® Antifreeze & Motor Oil INDY 300 IZOD IndyCar® Series race this Saturday, marking the highest car count ever for an IZOD IndyCar Series race at the 1.5-mile tri-oval and the most outside of the 33 starting positions for the Indianapolis 500. Twenty-three cars were entered in Chicagoland Speedway’s 2009 race.
For the second time in three races, the Indy Racing League sanctioning body has amended its rulebook to allow for a larger starting field. Rule 8.1(E)(5)(f) caps the starting field at 28 cars for races other than Indianapolis, Brazil, Toronto and Mid-Ohio based on pit lane space.
In addition to the 24 full-season entries, other drivers expected to participate in the initial practice session on Friday are: Davey Hamilton in the No. 21 HP de Ferran Dragon Racing car; Graham Rahal in the No. 02 Quick Trim Newman/Haas Racing car; Sarah Fisher in the No. 67 Dollar General car for Sarah Fisher Racing; Ed Carpenter in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka car for Panther/Vision Racing; and Jay Howard in the No. 66 Service Central car for Sarah Fisher Racing.
“History has proven that Chicagoland Speedway consistently hosts the closest, most competitive events in the IZOD IndyCar Series,” said Craig Rust, president of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. With the anticipated high car count for this weekend’s race, I think our fans can expect another great show and a highly entertaining event from start to finish.”
Last season, Ryan Briscoe edged out Scott Dixon by 0.0077 of a second – the fourth-closest margin of victory in IZOD IndyCar Series history – to win in Chicago. Close finishes at Chicagoland Speedway have become somewhat of the norm since the track opened in 2001. It has been the site of three of the top five closest finishes (0.0024 of a second in 2002, the closest in series history, and 0.0033 of a second in 2008, the second closest). The track is also home to the sixth and 10th closest finishes in IZOD IndyCar Series history.
For the first time ever, fans can now purchase individual tickets to Chicagoland Speedway's NASCAR® Camping World Truck Series and IZOD IndyCar Series races on August 27th and 28th. Tickets start at just $49, along with a $20 ticket for children ages 12 and under, and can be purchased by calling 888-629-RACE (7223) or online. For information regarding group ticket packages, call 815-722-5500.
AUGUST 27-28 NASCAR® CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES / IZOD INDYCAR® SERIES WEEKEND:
Aug. 27, 2010: Ansell® Protective Gloves 150 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX® and Menards®
Aug. 27, 2010: NASCAR® Camping World Truck Series race
Aug. 28, 2010: Firestone Indy Lights® race
Aug. 28, 2010: PEAK® Antifreeze and Motor Oil INDY 300 IZOD IndyCar® Series race