Fans can get first-hand preview of the Aug. 9 "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Pepsi and Edy's" from the Kentucky Speedway infield Thursday and Friday beginning at 2:00 p.m. Both sessions are scheduled to conclude at 10:00 p.m.

Fans will be admitted to the infield and cold pit area for free. Concessions will not be available, but visitors may pack food and soft drinks. Alcohol will not be permitted. Guests may enter the speedway at Entrance 3 located off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N., in Sparta, Ky. Speedway security personnel will provide direction upon arrival.

Drivers scheduled to participate are:

Thursday, July 31: Andretti Green Racing Raphael Matos - Firestone Indy Lights driver

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Dan Wheldon

Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Graham Rahal Justin Wilson

Panther Racing Vitor Meira Dillon Battastini - Firestone Indy Lights

Sarah Fisher Racing Sarah Fisher

Friday, Aug. 1: HVM Racing Oriol Servia

The fifth and final 2008 Kentucky Speedway race weekend will feature amazing, high-speed Firestone Indy Lights and IndyCar Series action. The weekend opens with IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights Fanfest Aug. 8. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. The day includes practice and qualifying sessions before closing with a garage-area autograph session with IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights stars.

Action continues Aug. 9 with an IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights primetime doubleheader on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway tri-oval. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. Firestone Indy Lights practice begins at 2:30 p.m., and will be followed by an exclusive prerace concert with indie artist Josh Kelley on the Turn 1 Concourse at 4:30 p.m.

Sure-to-be-action-packed open-wheel racing begins at 6:30 p.m., with the "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Pepsi and Edy's." The Firestone Indy Lights "Kentucky 100" will take the green flag at 9:15 p.m.

Tickets for both events are on sale now and can be reserved online through the tickets pages of this Web site, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223), through any Meijer store and by visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., next to the Montgomery Inn Restaurant or the Sparta, Ky., Fan Center located off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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