IRL: Behind the Barriers: Thursday at Texas

Rahal Letterman Racing driver Kenny Brack was supposed to have a test at Richmond last Friday, but rain scotched that. Brack did about 100 laps on Saturday, though, according to team manager Steve Dickson, "It went well." With the .75-mile ...

Rahal Letterman Racing driver Kenny Brack was supposed to have a test at Richmond last Friday, but rain scotched that. Brack did about 100 laps on Saturday, though, according to team manager Steve Dickson, "It went well."

With the .75-mile bullring at Richmond International Raceway paved since the Indy cars last visited in June of 2003, the g-forces generated have gone up a bunch. "They're pulling 5G in the corners," Dickson noted.

Brack still has some work to do before he's ready to mix it up in the competitive arena that is IndyCar Series competition. "I guess my neck muscles aren't as good as I thought," he said to Dickson. The Swede also experienced some discomfort on his right side, both in the arms and back -- despite bringing his muscle tone pretty close to where it was here at Texas Motor Speedway last October -- and in his rebuilt right ankle. The flexibility still isn't there for the ankle yet. Brack has not set a date for his return.

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Firestone has supplied teams with 764 Firehawk racing radials for Saturday night's 300-mile race on the high-banked Texas Motor Speedway. Each car will receive eight sets of tires, which feature a new right side compound. In addition to the new compound being used on right side tires, the right rear tire features a new construction. "This is certainly one of the best venues for IndyCar racing, the fans are passionate, they know their racing, and virtually every race here has the crowd hanging on the edge of their seats," said Firestone's director of racing Al Speyer. "It's fun to watch, but it's also tough on tires and we always have to work hard to prepare for this race. We completed testing on a new tire here last month and now we're ready to go." The same tire specification will be used later this year at Kansas Speedway.

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Larry Foyt is the latest driver to move to the roof as he will act as the spotter for his nephew A.J. Foyt IV this weekend at Texas. Larry, who started the season driving the Foyt entry in NASCAR Nextel Cup competition, competed in the Indianapolis 500 last month. It was his first IndyCar Series event. Steve Krisiloff, who qualified for 104 Indy-style races, is the spotter for Al Unser Jr.

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When Steve Park gets behind the wheel of the No. 62 Dodge in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Texas Motor Speedway, the 36-year-old driver takes over the truck that Brendan Gaughan drove to four consecutive victories on the 1.5-mile high-banked track. Although Park has tested a Craftsman truck at Texas, this will be his first truck race at this track.

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Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice drove in the Craftsman Truck Series last year at Homestead.

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This is the 14th IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Al Unser Jr. won the last race at the 1.5-mile high-banked speedway in October of 2003. Gil de Ferran started from the pole in that race after qualifying at a record speed of 222.864 mph.

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Ted Musgrave earned his tenth career pole today, matching Jason Leffler for 7th all-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series poles. Musgrave's last pole came at Phoenix on October 31, 2003. fich: not found

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Steve Park , Jason Leffler , Al Unser Jr. , Gil de Ferran , A.J. Foyt IV , Kenny Brack , Ted Musgrave , Larry Foyt , Brendan Gaughan , Buddy Rice , Al Unser