IRL: Airton Dare Ready for Green Flag at Casino Magic 500

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (June 6, 2000) - This is a big weekend for Rockwall-based TeamXtreme at the Casino Magic 500 on Saturday, June 10 at Texas Motor Speedway. Racing in front of the home fans is important for this young team that is working...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (June 6, 2000) - This is a big weekend for Rockwall-based TeamXtreme at the Casino Magic 500 on Saturday, June 10 at Texas Motor Speedway. Racing in front of the home fans is important for this young team that is working to develop corporate support off the track as well as positive results on the track. A big part of the second half of that equation is rookie driver Airton Dare, who will be in the #88 USACredit.com car on Saturday. "An Indy team must have championship caliber drivers in order to win, and we believe we have that in Dare as well as in Davey Hamilton (who drives the #16 FreeInternet.com for TeamXtreme,)" said team general manager John Lopes. "No matter how well a team is funded and supported from the ownership side, you must have top drivers in the cockpit. We think we have that." Dare signed with TeamXtreme last December shortly after completing his Indy Racing Northern Light Series rookie test at Texas Motor Speedway. He has two Indy Lights wins, including Detroit in 1998, where he led every lap from the pole, and Nazareth in 1999. In his rookie season in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, Dare's best start has been 11th (at Las Vegas) and his best finish was 11th in the season-opening race at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla. He started 21st at the Indy 500 and finished 25th and has been running at the end of the race one time in his four starts this year. Currently 19th in points, Dare has completed 570 of the 808 laps in the series this year and is looking for a solid performance this weekend and a chance to run all 208 laps of the Casino Magic 500 in front of the home town fans.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Davey Hamilton , Airton Daré