IRL: Al Unser Jr. Tests At Kentucky Speedway

Sparta, Kentucky, June 28, 2000 - The verdict is in on Al Unser Jr.'s views of Kentucky Speedway, and the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner has nothing but praise for the 1.5 mile oval set in the majestic landscape of Sparta, Kentucky. Unser...

Sparta, Kentucky, June 28, 2000 - The verdict is in on Al Unser Jr.'s views of Kentucky Speedway, and the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner has nothing but praise for the 1.5 mile oval set in the majestic landscape of Sparta, Kentucky.

Unser is currently conducting a two-day private test at Kentucky and ran 112 laps in the Galles ECR Racing Tickets.com Starz Encore Super Pak car at Kentucky Speedway today. Unser's fast lap was 215.1 mph, the first official laps for an Indy Racing Northern Light Car since the track was re-surfaced just weeks ago.

The only previous Indy Racing car to test at the track was Greg Ray in November. Ray took to the track just after construction was completed and turned a lap of 208 mph.

Unser is delighted with the track and the facilities and says that race fans are going to see some unbelievable wheel to wheel racing when the Indy Racing Northern Light Series competes at the Belterra Resort Indy 300 on August 27.

"It is really great to be here at Kentucky Motor Speedway because it is a new market for us to race in, and any time that we can show people what type of cars run at the Indy 500, it is a great thing. They can come here and see them and smell them and hear them, and I tell you they will love it," says Unser.

Unser feels the configuration of the track will allow for exciting racing for the Indy Racing cars.

"As far as the track, it is a very fast track. It has a lot of different lines, and I think that you are going to see two, three and even four abreast on raceday. The banking at Kentucky is in between Texas Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with Texas having more banking. Anytime you get a lot of banking on a track you are going to get wide-open racing with a lot of drafting. Drafting is what you see at the NASCAR races, and that is what you saw with the Indy Racing Northern Light cars at Texas Motor Speedway in June," says Unser.

Unser also feels that the facilities are very complimentary to spectators as well as racers.

"The grandstands are massive and beautiful with the natural terrain supporting them. From what I have seen, any seat in the house is a good seat here. The builders of this track thought of both the competitors and the spectators when they built this facility, and that is what makes a great racetrack. The garages are conducive to our work environment, and the track itself is extremely fast. I think that everyone that comes down for the Belterra Resort Indy 300 in August is going to have an amazing time," says Unser.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Al Unser Jr.