- Associated Press - Thursday, May 24, 2012

Facts and figures of the 96th Indianapolis 500-mile race Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

EVENT _ The 96th Indianapolis 500.

DISTANCE _ 500 miles; 200 laps around the asphalt-on-brick Indianapolis Motor Speedway track, a 2.5-mile rectangular oval.

SANCTIONING BODY _ IndyCar.

RACE CARS _ Open-cockpit, open-wheel and single-seat, with 2.2-liter, 550-700 horsepower turbocharged V-6 engines.

ENGINE MANUFACTURERS _ Chevrolet, Honda, Lotus.

CHASSIS _ All cars use Dallaras.

PACE CAR _ 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 driven by Guy Fieri.

START _ Noon EDT from a flying start, following warm-up, parade and pace laps.

FINISH _ Standings are unofficial until posted by the IndyCar Series.

NUMBER OF STARTERS _ 33 cars; three abreast in each of 11 rows.

POLE POSITION _ Ryan Briscoe, the first Australian national to win Indy’s pole with a four-lap qualifying average of 226.484 mph in the closest pole battle in 500 history. He will start first, from the inside of the front row, for the first time in seven Indy starts.

SLOWEST QUALIFIER _ Jean Alesi, who averaged 210.094 mph. Will start 33rd, the outside of the 11th row.

FASTEST ROOKIE _ Josef Newgarden, 224.037 mph. Will start seventh, the inside of the third row.

2011 WINNER _ The late Dan Wheldon, who averaged 170.265 mph for his second win at Indianapolis.

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