FAST FACTS: HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA (and Entry List)

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FAST FACTS: HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA

IZOD INDYCAR SERIES CONTINUES SEASON AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

Race Broadcast
Sunday, April 7
3 p.m. (ET)
NBC Sports Network (Live)

Track
Barber Motorsports Park
(17-turn, 2.38-mile road course)

Distance
90 laps/214.2 miles

Radio
IMS Radio Network XM 211/Sirius 211

2012 Race Winner
Will Power

2012 Polesitter
Helio Castroneves
(1:10.4768 (117.485 mph)

Track Record
1:09.8529 (118.535 mph)
Will Power, March 2012

First IZOD IndyCar Series event:
4/11/2010

Story Lines:

Team Penske looks to continue Barber domination
Team Penske is the only IZOD IndyCar Series team to win at Barber Motorsports Park and team owner Roger Penske will look to add another trophy to his team's collection during the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama with three strong cars. Helio Castroneves won the inaugural race in 2010, while Will Power has won the last two races at Barber. Can one of the two or newcomer A.J. Allmendinger score another win in Alabama?

Hinchcliffe looks to continue hot start
James Hinchcliffe started the IZOD IndyCar Series season by scoring his first Indy car win in the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The former Sunoco Rookie of the Year made his series debut at Barber in 2011 and led a lap at the track last season. Can he continue his strong start to the 2013 season by adding another first at Barber Motorsports Park?

Dixon looks to move up
Though he prefers to fly under the radar, Scott Dixon has finished second in each of the three previous races at Barber Motorsports Park. Dixon has an eye on moving up to the top step of the podium and unseating Team Penske's hold on the winner's trophy. Can the New Zealander, who has won an IZOD IndyCar series title every five years (he won in 2003 and 2008) record another strong performance at Barber?

Dinger makes IZOD IndyCar Series debut
After three successful tests with Team Penske, A.J. Allmendinger will return to his racing roots at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The Californian made his name in open-wheel racing before moving to NASCAR and hopes to recapture the success he had as a Champ Car regular at Barber as he tunes up for his Indianapolis 500 debut.

Series champions look to bounce back
St. Petersburg was not kind to the drivers who have won five of the last six IZOD IndyCar Series championships. Reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay had mechanical issues that left him 18th in the point standings, while four-time champion Dario Franchitti crashed out of the race and finished 25th. Will Alabama prove to be sweet to Hunter-Reay and Franchitti?

Is luck changing for resurgent Andretti?
Offseason focus paid off in a podium finish for Marco Andretti at St. Petersburg. Now the third-generation driver looks to add to his success at Barber Motorsports Park. Andretti has two top-five finishes in three starts at the 2.38-mile circuit. Can he continue his strong 2013 start and change of fortune at Barber?

Keep an eye on Simona
A strong sixth place at St. Petersburg showed that Simona de Silvestro is ready to have a breakout season. The Swiss driver looked poised to make a podium finish in her KV Racing Technology debut before fading to sixth. Can the Swiss Missile hit the target at Barber?

Records could fall
If the timesheets from the preseason Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park are any indication of what's to come, then the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama could be a record-setting event. Twenty-seven of the 28 car/driver combinations recorded laps faster than the track record and the top 16 cars were separated by a second. Could the test be an indicator of a competitive event?

Rising stars seek breakthrough win
James Hinchcliffe claimed his first Indy car win at St. Petersburg, and several more rising stars are looking to follow suit this weekend. JR Hildebrand, Simon Pagenaud, Charlie Kimball and Simona de Silvestro have built strong fan followings with their performances on and off the track, but each is looking for their first win in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Can one of the young stars break through at Barber?

American flyers
The IZOD IndyCar Series features a group of home-grown stars who represent the stars and stripes in the most diverse series in motorsports. Reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, race winners Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter and Graham Rahal and rising stars JR Hildebrand, Charlie Kimball and Josef Newgarden all worked their way up the American open-wheel ladder to reach the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Race Notes:
The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be the fourth IZOD IndyCar Series event conducted at Barber Motorsports Park.
Helio Castroneves and Will Power are the only drivers to have won at Barber Motorsports Park. Castroneves won the inaugural race in 2010, while Power won the race in 2011 and 2012. Both are entered in this year's race.
Helio Castroneves and Will Power are the only drivers to have won the pole position at Barber Motorsports Park. Power claimed the pole position both 2010 and 2011, while Castroneves won the pole in 2012.
One driver has won the race from the pole - Will Power in 2010.

Twenty-three (23) drivers entered in the event have competed in IZOD IndyCar Series races at Barber Motorsports Park. Six of those drivers led laps: (Will Power 124, Marco Andretti 58, Helio Castroneves 48, Scott Dixon 38, James Hinchcliffe 1and Graham Rahal 1).

Thirteen drivers have competed in every Indy car race at Barber - Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves, Simona de Silvestro, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, Will Power, Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato, Alex Tagliani, E.J. Viso and Justin Wilson.

At least two drivers will compete in their first IZOD IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park: A.J. Allmendinger and Tristan Vautier. Vautier competed on the track in Firestone Indy Lights.

Team Penske is the only team to win at Barber Motorsports Park.

Season to Date:
• James Hinchcliffe won the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It was the first win of his Indy car career. He was the 207th driver to win an Indy car race.
• Will Power won his 30th career Indy car pole at St. Petersburg.
• Tristan Vautier started his first career IZOD IndyCar Series race at St. Petersburg.
• There were four race leaders and four lead changes in the season-opening race at St. Petersburg.
Milestones & Records:
• Should Dario Franchitti win the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship, he will join A.J. Foyt as the only drivers to win five Indy car titles in his career. Franchitti won the title in 2007 and again from 2009-2011. Foyt won seven championships in his career.
• With their next victory, either Dario Franchitti or Sebastien Bourdais will move into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time wins list. Franchitti and Bourdais are tied with Paul Tracy with 31 wins.
• With a victory in 2013, Scott Dixon will extend his streak of consecutive seasons with a win to nine.
• With his next victory, Scott Dixon will move into sole possession of ninth place (9th) on the all-time wins list. Dixon won his 29th race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 5, 2012 to tie Rick Mears for 10th place on the all-time wins list.
• With his next victory, Helio Castroneves will move into sole possession of 11th place on the all-time wins list. Castroneves, who won his 27th race at Edmonton City Centre on July 22, 2012, tied Johnny Rutherford for 12th with the victory.
• Helio Castroneves needs three earned poles to reach 40 career poles in his Indy car career.
• Will Power recorded the 30th pole of his Indy car career at St. Petersburg.
• Dario Franchitti needs one earned pole to reach 30 in his Indy car career.
• Scott Dixon needs two earned poles to reach 20 in his Indy car career.
• With one pole in 2012, Scott Dixon will extend his IZOD IndyCar Series streak to seven consecutive seasons.
• Helio Castroneves' second-place finish at St. Petersburg was the 30th of his Indy car career. It tied A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Jr., and Bobby Unser for fifth on the all-time list.
• Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan each recorded their 107th top-five finish as Indy car drivers to tie Gordon Johncock for 10th on the all-time list.
• Scott Dixon needs one top-five finish to reach 100 in his Indy car career.
• Tony Kanaan will attempt to make his 198th consecutive start. Jimmy Vasser holds the all-time record of 211. Scott Dixon with 139 straight starts and Marco Andretti with 115 straight starts are the only other active driver with a streak of more than 100 consecutive starts.
• Ryan Hunter-Reay needs 10 starts to mark 100th consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series starts.

At-Track Schedule (all times local):
Friday, April 5
12:45-1:45 a.m. IZOD IndyCar Series practice
3:45-4:30 p.m. IZOD IndyCar Series practice

Saturday, April 6
8 - 8:30 a.m. IZOD IndyCar Series practice
10:25 -11:35 p.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Pole Qualifying
(Knockout qualifying & Firestone Fast 6 format)

Sunday, April 7
11-11:30 a.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Warm Up
1:50 p.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Pre-Race
2:40 p.m. Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (90 laps/214.2 miles)
NBC Sports Network (Live)

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The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season continues with the Honda Indy Grand Prix Alabama on April 7 at Barber Motorsports Park. The race will be televised live at 3 p.m. (ET) by the NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, including on Sirius and XM Channels 211 and www.indycar.com. The next Firestone Indy Lights race is the Legacy Indy Lights 100 on April 7 at Barber Motorsport Park. The race will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network at 1 p.m. (ET) on April 7, immediately preceding the IZOD IndyCar Series race broadcast.

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IZOD IndyCar Series
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Barber Motorsports Park
Sunday, April 7, 2013

Car Driver Hometown Car Name Engine Entrant
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Fort Lauderdale, Fla. DHL Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
2 A.J. Allmendinger Los Gatos, Calif. IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
3 Helio Castroneves Sao Paulo, Brazil AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
4 JR Hildebrand Sausalito, Calif. National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet Panther Racing
5 E.J. Viso Caracas, Venezuela Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM Chevrolet Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM
6 Sebastian Saavedra Bogota, Colombia Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dragon Racing
7 Sebastien Bourdais Le Mans, France Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dragon Racing
9 Scott Dixon Auckland, New Zealand Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing
10 Dario Franchitti Edinburgh, Scotland Banana Boat Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing
11 Tony Kanaan Salvador, Brazil Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
12 Will Power Toowoomba, Australia Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
14 Takuma Sato Tokyo ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda A.J. Foyt Enterprises
15 Graham Rahal New Albany, Ohio Midas/Big O Tires Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
16 James Jakes Leeds, England Acorn Stairlifts Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
18 TBA Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dale Coyne Racing
19 Justin Wilson Sheffield, England Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dale Coyne Racing
20 Ed Carpenter Indianapolis Fuzzy's Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing
22 Oriol Servia Pals, Spain Panther DRR Chevrolet Panther DRR
25 Marco Andretti Nazareth, Pa. RC Cola Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
27 James Hinchcliffe Toronto GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
55 Tristan Vautier (R) Corenc, France Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
67 Josef Newgarden Hendersonville, Tenn. Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77 Simon Pagenaud Montmorillon, France Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports
78 Simona de Silvestro Thun, Switzerland Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
83 Charlie Kimball Camarillo, Calif. Race With Insulin Honda Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing
98 Alex Tagliani Lachenaie, Canada Barracuda Racing Honda Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian
Twenty-six cars entered. All cars use fourth-generation IZOD IndyCar Series chassis (IR12) and Firestone tires.
(R) – Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year Candidate
Issued: 4/1/2013

 
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