Date: Saturday, Oct. 19
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Site: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, Calif.
Track: 2-mile oval
Capacity: 90,988 (grandstand seating)
On TV: NBC Sports Network
On Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
Race record: Sam Hornish Jr., 2003 (207.151 mph)
Qualifying record: Marco Andretti, 2012 (216.069 mph)
Defending champion: Ed Carpenter
Runner up: Dario Franchitti
Pole winner: Marco Andretti (216.069 mph)
1. Ed Carpenter (Start: 5)
2. Dario Franchitti (9)
3. Scott Dixon (15)
4. Ryan Hunter-Reay (22)
5. Helio Castroneves (17)
6. Graham Rahal (18)
7. Takuma Sato (21)
8. Marco Andretti (1)
9. Katherine Legge (7)
10. Charlie Kimball (23)
Average speed: 168.939 mph
Time of race: 2 hrs., 57 mins., 34.7433 secs.
Margin of victory: 1.9132 secs.
Caution flags: 7 for 43 laps
Lead changes: 29 among 12 drivers
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2005 Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 168.567 mph
2004 Adrian Fernandez, Panoz G Force-Honda, 178.826 mph
2003 Sam Hornish Jr, Dallara-Chevrolet, 207.151 mph
2002 Sam Hornish Jr, Dallara-Chevrolet, 179.345 mph
Race: Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston/Race 2 (Oct. 6)
Site: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Speedway at Reliant Park -- Houston, Texas
Finish line order: Will Power, Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe, Justin Wilson, Sebastien Bourdais
Time of Race: 1 hr., 52 mins., 28.9525 secs.
Average speed: 78.444 mph
Margin of victory: Under Caution
Caution flags: 9 for 26 laps
Lead changes: 2 among 3 drivers
Lap leaders: Helio Castroneves 1-10; Scott Dixon 11-39; Will Power 40-90. Helio Castroneves 1-10; Scott Dixon 11-39; Will Power 40-90.
#1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL DHL/Andretti Autosport
#2 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) IZOD/Team Penske
#3 Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil Auto Club/Team Penske
#4 Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain) National Guard/Panther Racing
#5 E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela) Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM
#6 Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia Dragon Racing
#7 Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France) Dragon Racing
#9 Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand) Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
#10 Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, QB, Canada Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
#11 Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil) Hydroxycut/KV Racing Technology
#12 Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia) Verizon/Team Penske
#14 Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan) ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing
#15 Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH) Midas/Rahal Letterman Lanigan
#16 James Jakes (Leeds, England) Acorn Stairlifts/RLL Racing
#18 Pippa Mann (Ipswich, England) Sonny's BBQ/Dale Coyne Racing
#19 Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England) Dale Coyne Racing
#20 * Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN) Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
#25 Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA) Dr. Pepper/Andretti Autosport
#27 James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada) GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
#55 Tristan Vautier (Corenc, France) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
#67 Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN) Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
#77 Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France Schmidt-Hamilton HP Motorsports
#78 Simona De Silvestro (Thun, Switzer.) Nuclear Entergy Areva/KVRT
#83 Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA) NovoLog FlexPen/Chip Ganassi Racing
#98 J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA) Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autospt
Formerly known as California Speedway, the groundbreaking for this 2-mile oval took place in November 1995. This track has 14 degrees of banking in all four of its turns as well as 11 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and 3 degrees on the backstretch.
Before hosting IndyCar sanctioned races in 2002, this track held open wheel events in CART from 1997-02. Mark Blundell won the inaugural CART race there in '97, and Sam Hornish Jr. scored the victory in IndyCar's first visit at this track in '02. Hornish won there again the following year.
Five drivers who have won the pole at Auto Club Speedway are entered in this weekend's race: Alex Tagliani (2001), Tony Kanaan (2002), Helio Castroneves (2003), Scott Dixon (2004) and Marco Andretti (2012).
Dario Franchitti (2005) is the only driver to win at this track from the pole position. Franchitti suffered multiple injuries during a crash in the Oct. 6 race in Houston. Tagliani is substituting for him in the No. 10 car.
This will be the second straight year that IndyCar will conclude its season at Auto Club Speedway. Ed Carpenter won the 2012 season-finale there. Ryan Hunter-Reay's fourth-place finish allowed him to clinch the series championship. He beat Will Power for the title by just three points. Power finished 24th after crashing early in the event.
Dixon currently holds a 25-point lead over Castroneves. It's the fourth time in Dixon's IndyCar career that he has been atop the championship standings with one race to go. He won the title in 2003 and '08 and then finished second to Franchitti in '09.
This is the eighth consecutive season that the championship will be decided in the final race. Dixon and Castroneves are the only drivers eligible for the title. If Dixon finishes fifth or better in this 500-mile race, he will clinch the championship, regardless of where Castroneves finishes.