IRL: Drivers test Kentucky for upcoming race

Sparta, Kentucky - Several of the Indy Racing League's top drivers were on hand at the Kentucky Speedway today to test at the track and to preview the series' visit to the 1.5-mile oval on August 10-11. Team Penske's Helio Castroneves and Gil De...

Sparta, Kentucky - Several of the Indy Racing League's top drivers were on hand at the Kentucky Speedway today to test at the track and to preview the series' visit to the 1.5-mile oval on August 10-11. Team Penske's Helio Castroneves and Gil De Ferran, Dreyer and Reinbold Racing's Robbie Buhl and Sarah Fisher, reigning series champion, Panther Racing's Sam Hornish and Sam Schmidt Motorsports' Richie Hearn were all at the track to test and talked with the media during their lunch break. Castroneves currently leads his teammate De Ferran in the IRL season points chase by 12 points, and Hornish is 6 points further back in third.

The drivers stressed the importance of this test. Hearn said: "Since this is only a two-day event, with limited track time, the test is important to get our car ready for the race." The drivers were asked why their data from similar tracks like Chicago and Kansas would not suffice. Buhl said that the 1.5-mile tracks, while visually similar, have unique characteristics with different surface, banking and other traits that aren't shared.

Hornish said specifically: "Kentucky has less banking than Chicago, so it is harder to drive. This track has fewer marbles, and due to shorter straights and longer turns, there is more two-wide racing."

The green flag for the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway at 1:30 pm on Sunday, August 11th. The weekend will include support races featuring the NASCAR All-Pro Touring Series on Saturday afternoon, and the Infiniti Pro Series just prior to the IRL feature race.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Helio Castroneves , Richie Hearn , Sam Schmidt
Teams Panther Racing , Team Penske