Indy Racing League News and Notes -- July 14, 2004 Today's IRL headlines 1. Chevrolet Teams Test At Michigan 2. Unser, Fonferko Team With Duesenberg At Nashville 3. McGehee Joins IMS Radio Network Team 1. Chevrolet Teams Test At Michigan: Six...
Indy Racing League News and Notes -- July 14, 2004
Today's IRL headlines
1. Chevrolet Teams Test At Michigan
2. Unser, Fonferko Team With Duesenberg At Nashville
3. McGehee Joins IMS Radio Network Team
1. Chevrolet Teams Test At Michigan: Six IRL IndyCar® Series teams visited Michigan International Speedway on July 13 in preparation for the Aug. 1 Michigan Indy 400.
Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers Alex Barron, the 2003 winner at Michigan, and rookie Ed Carpenter, Panther Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter and Townsend Bell, Patrick Racing driver Jaques Lazier and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver Felipe Giaffone participated in the one-day manufacturer's test.
"Chevy is working very hard," Carpenter said. "Anytime Chevrolet comes to Michigan (International Speedway) it's a really big event for them with Detroit just down the road."
Scheckter, who won the inaugural IndyCar Series event at Michigan, said a strong performance at MIS is what Chevrolet needs.
"Obviously, everybody needs to do their part, and I know Chevrolet is working very hard," Scheckter said. "I know it's very important here to have a strong engine. The next couple of races I think we really need to put our foot down and make sure we come up with a win."
Lazier, who is on a race-to-race deal with Jackson, Mich., native Pat Patrick's team, tested the No. 20 Patrick Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone entry for the first time.
"I'm extremely honored to be driving for Pat," Lazier said. "I was fortunate to run with A.J. (Foyt) last year. Now this year, I'm fortunate to run with Pat. Just within a couple of months, I was able to strengthen my resume, and I'm very excited about the opportunity. I'm very comfortable with the team, and I think it's an incredible team."
2. Unser, Fonferko Team At Nashville: Al Unser, son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., will return to the Menards Infiniti Pro Series for the Cleanevent 100 July 17 at Nashville Superspeedway.
Unser debuted in the series with a third-place finish at Kansas Speedway on July 3. He will drive the No. 2 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone for Keith Duesenberg Racing.
"I'm excited I'm going to Nashville," Unser said. "We tested there earlier this year. Now that I have one race under my belt, I'm learning how some of the others race and drive. It's nice to know what they're going to do when you're along side of them. Hopefully, we'll have a good setup on the car, do well in the race and put up another podium finish."
Ross Fonferko will be driving the No. 22 car for Keith Duesenberg Racing. Fonferko competed in two Menards Infiniti Pro Series races last year, with a third-place finish in his debut at Nashville Superspeedway.
It marks the first time Keith Duesenberg Racing has fielded two cars. Jeff Simmons competed in all 12 events for the team last year, while Phil Giebler and Unser have split seat time in one car this season.
3. McGehee Joins IMS Radio Network Booth: IndyCar Series driver Robby McGehee will join host Mike King and Dave Wilson in the IMS Radio Network booth for the broadcast of the Firestone Indy 200 broadcast July 17 from Nashville Superspeedway.
McGehee most recently competed in the 88th Indianapolis 500, where he finished 22nd driving for PDM Racing.
Jaques Lazier had been the guest analyst until he secured a one-race deal with Patrick Racing to drive the No. 20 entry at Nashville Superspeedway.
The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season continues with the Firestone Indy 200 at 7 p.m. (EDT) on July 17 at Nashville Superspeedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network. The Menards Infiniti Pro Series Cleanevent 100 will take place at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on July 17. The race will be broadcast by ESPN2 at noon on July 18.