Destination Auto Racing

March 27, 2006|By PETER BLAIR

Calendar

NASCAR

NEXTEL CUP

DIRECTV 500

Site -- Martinsville, Va.

When -- Sunday, 2 p.m.

TV -- Ch. 45 (1:30 p.m.)

Track -- Martinsville Speedway (.526-mile oval)

Distance -- 500 laps, 263 miles

2005 champion -- Jeff Gordon

2005 pole-sitter -- Scott Riggs

Last year -- Jeff Gordon, who was four laps down early on, came from fourth with 46 laps to go to beat Kasey Kahne (second) and Mark Martin (third).

Drivers to watch -- Gordon, who swept both races there last year, has won four of the past six races at Martinsville and has seven wins at the track. Martin, Kahne and Jimmie Johnson each have four top 10 finishes in five races this season.

FORMULA

ONE

Australian Grand Prix

Site -- Melbourne

When -- Saturday, 10:30 p.m.

TV -- SPEED (10:30 p.m. Saturday, live; 12:30 p.m. Sunday, tape)

Track -- Albert Park (3.295-mile closed circuit)

Distance -- 58 laps, 191.12 miles

2005 champion -- Giancarlo Fisichella

Last year -- Fisichella beat Rubens Barrichello by 5.5 seconds to earn his only victory of 2005 in the season opener.

INDY

RACING LEAGUE

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Site -- St. Petersburg, Fla.

When -- Sunday, 3:40 p.m.

TV -- ESPN (3:30 p.m.)

Track -- Streets of St. Petersburg (1.8-mile street circuit)

Distance -- 100 laps, 180 miles

2005 champion -- Dan Wheldon

Last year -- Wheldon won the first-ever IndyCar road race by finishing 1.4577 seconds ahead of Tony Kanaan. Danica Patrick finished 12th.

CHAMP CAR

WORLD SERIES

First race -- Streets of Long Beach

Site -- Long Beach, Calif.

When -- April 9

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