INDYCAR SERIES Kentucky Indy 300

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Aug 11, 2007 - 10:28 AM
August 11, 2007
Kentucky Speedway
Sparta, Kentucky
Race 14 of 17 in the 2007 IndyCar Series season

TV: ESPN2, 6:30 p.m. EDT

Length: 200 laps
Race length: 300 miles
Track length: 1 1/2-mile oval

Qualifying record: Sarah Fisher, 221.390 mph, 2002
Race record: Sam Hornish Jr., 197.897 mph, 2003


Scott Dixon
Team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing
2007 Earnings: $1,732,717

Did not finish last week at Michigan but remains second in the
standings, 24 points behind leader Dario Franchitti; won three
straight races to climb to second in the standings; took the
checkered flag at Mid-Ohio for his ninth career IndyCar series
victory; also won at at Nashville after starting on the pole to
became the first repeat winner there; started his winning streak
on July 8 at Watkins Glen; has finished out of the top-10 just
twice this season; has been a runner-up four times this year;
earned his only other pole of the season at Iowa but finished
10th; was runner-up to Sam Hornish Jr. in this event last year.

Dario Franchitti
Team: Andretti Green Racing
2007 Earnings: $2,652,533

Was involved in a violent wreck last week at Michigan, where he
flipped upside-down before landing on the cockpit of his car;
miraculously walked away from the crash uninjured, but did not
finish the race; still remains atop the series standings with a
comfortable 24-point cushion; finished second to Dixon for the
second straight race at Mid-Ohio; is tied with Dixon for wins
this season with three - Richmond, Iowa and the Indy 500; has
been runner-up four times this year and has been remarkably
consistent, finishing in the top five in 11 of 13 starts; ran
ninth in this race last season.

Danica Patrick
Team: Andretti Green Racing
2007 Earnings: $904,605

Struggled to a disappointing seventh-place finish last week at
Michigan; posted her second consecutive top-five finish with a
fifth place showing at Mid-Ohio; matched her career-best IndyCar
Series finish by taking third at Nashville prior to that; has
three top-five finishes this season, including a third at Texas
on June 9; remains seventh in the standings, but is a distant
171 points behind Franchitti; started second at Mid-Ohio, but
had started no better than sixth in eight races before that; ran
eighth in this event last season.

Sam Hornish Jr.
Team: Marlboro Team Penske
2007 Earnings: $1,067,139

Also failed to finish last week at Michigan after getting
involved in wild multi-car wreck; defending series champion
finished 14th at Mid-Ohio but remains fifth in the standings,
127 points off Franchitti's pace; placed fourth at Nashville
and second at Watkins Glen before the disappointing finish at
Mid-Ohio; lone win this season was at Texas Motor Speedway in
June; made headlines at Watkins Glen with a post-race
altercation with Tony Kanaan; won this event last year.

Dan Wheldon
Team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing
2007 Earnings: $1,087,005

Yet another top driver who got involved in the Michigan wreck
and could not finish the race; started 11th and wound up 10th
at Mid-Ohio for his fifth finish out of the top five over his
past six races; was third at Richmond over that stretch;
dropped to fourth in the standings after Mid-Ohio, 119 behind
Franchitti; has two wins this season, starting and finishing
from the pole in the season opener at Homestead; also won at
Kansas; placed fourth in this race last year.

2006 Top 10
1. Sam Hornish Jr. (6)
2. Scott Dixon (9)
3. Helio Castroneves (3)
4. Dan Wheldon (10)
5. Tony Kanaan (11)
6. Vitor Meira (4)
7. Tomas Scheckter (2)
8. Danica Patrick (16)
9. Dario Franchitti (27)
10. Bryan Herta (7)

Past Champions
2006 Sam Hornish Jr., 170.676 mph
2005 Scott Sharp, 175.981 mph
2004 Adrian Fernandez, 180.588 mph
2003 Sam Hornish Jr., 197.897 mph
2002 Felipe Giaffone, 149.024 mph
2001 Buddy Lazier, 174.910 mph
2000 Buddy Lazier, 164.601 mph

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