MAVTV 500 2012: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

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MAVTV 500 2012: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
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The MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships will be the final race of the season, and everything will be on the line in this one.

As it stands now, there are four racers who have shots at grabbing the IZOD IndyCar Series title.

Will Power is the current series points leader, and he's followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon, all in that order.

A mere 53 points separate these four competitors, and that will make for quite the exciting race on Saturday.

Here's everything you need to know to watch this race. 

 

Where: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.

When: Saturday, September, 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC Sports Network (Check local listings)

All television info can be found at IndyCar.com

 

The Field

2. Ryan Briscoe: IZOD/Team Penske

3. Helio Castroneves: Auto Club/Team Penske

4. J.R. Hildebrand: U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing

5. E.J. Viso: Citgo/PDVSA/KV Racing Technology

6. Katherine Legge: TrueCar/Dragon Racing

8. Rubens Barrichello: BMC/Embrase/KV Racing Technology

9. Scott Dixon: Target/Chip Ganassi Racing

10. Dario Franchitti: Cottonelle/Chip Ganassi Racing

11. Tony Kanaan: GEICO/Mouser Electronics/KVRT

12. Will Power: Verizon/Team Penske

14. Wade Cunningham: ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises

15. Takuma Sato: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

17. Sebastian Saavedra: AFS/Andretti Autosport

18. Justin Wilson: Sonny's Bar B-Q/Dale Coyne Racing

19. Jamie Jakes: Boy Scouts America/Dale Coyne Racing

20. Ed Carpenter: Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing

22. Oriol Servia: Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

26. Marco Andretti: RC Cola/Andretti Autosport

27. James Hinchcliffe: GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport

28. Ryan Hunter-Reay: DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport

38. Graham Rahal: Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing

67. Josef Newgarden: Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

77. Simon Pagenaud: Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports

78. Simona de Silvestro: Nuclear Energy/Lotus-HVM Racing

83. Charlie Kimball: NovoLog FlexPen/Chip Ganassi Racing

98. Alex Tagliani: Barracuda/Bryan Herta Autosport

 

Racers to Watch

Helio Castroneves

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He might be 52 points behind, but you can never count out one of the greatest racers in IndyCar history.

Castroneves will be looking to capture his third win of the season, and it would certainly be his biggest. Besides his two wins in 14 starts, Castroneves has four top-five finishes and 11 in the top 10.

Having led in 263 laps this season, Castroneves will no doubt be in the running to win the MAVTV 500.

 

Will Power

Power currently holds a 17-point lead over the second-place racer, Ryan Hunter-Reay, leaving a potential series victory squarely in his own hands.

In 2012, Power has won three races in 14 starts, while capturing an impressive five poles. Power has finished in the top five seven times this season and has also notched 10 top-10 finishes.

Power has no doubt been the best IndyCar racer this season, and if he has a strong showing on Saturday, he can cement that thought with a series victory.

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay

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Hunter-Reay is breathing down the neck of Power, only 17 points behind the IndyCar points leader. That deficit will be quickly erased if Hunter-Reay can win this race.

The 31-year-old has been nothing short of spectacular in 2012. He's won four races this season and placed in the top five six times, while placing in the top 10 nine times.

There's no doubt Hunter-Reay is the biggest threat to Power's championship dreams, but starting in the back of the field will make it more difficult for the former to win this race.

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