Ft. Worth, Texas June 8, 2000 - With the 2000 Indianapolis 500 behind him, Rick Galles, car owner of the Galles ECR Racing Tickets.com Starz Encore Superpak car driven by Al Unser Jr., is anxious to get his car back on the track at the Casino Magic 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 10.
"Indianapolis is a magical place, and this year was spectacular with the great crowds and fantastic fan support of Al and the team. But Indy is over now, and all we care about is winning the next five races. Our goal in this series is to win the championship, and to do that we have to strive to do well at every event. That won't happen if you aren't focused, because the competition in this series is tougher than I have ever seen," says Galles.
The 2000 Indianapolis 500 marked Rick Galles' 18th year of competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Galles says that his years at the speedway have taught him that staying focused after Indy and keeping up the momentum from such a long month is a difficult but important task for any team that is in the hunt for the championship.
"We tested at Pikes Peak the week after Indy, and the guys have been working hard preparing the cars for the Texas race this weekend. It is very easy to lose focus after Indy, no matter how you finish there, so we try very hard to keep our momentum going and not look back. This is accomplished through the strong leadership on the team from Darren Russell my crew chief and Alan Mertens, my engineer. They ensure that my guys are always ready for anything," says Galles.
Galles ECR Racing went into the Indianapolis 500 with the momentum from their win at the Las Vegas 300 on April 22.
"Winning Las Vegas was great for the team and our sponsors, but that seems like light years away now, and all I want my crew and Al to think about is how we are going to beat everyone this Saturday night at Texas," says Galles.
The momentum that Galles talks about won't have time to die down after Texas, as the Galles crew will race at Pikes Peak next weekend, and then go onto back to back tests in Atlanta and Kentucky.
"Testing is important to our program, and everyone on this team is committed to doing whatever it takes to stay ahead of the game, even if it means being away from home for most of June," says Galles.
Race fans can watch Al Unser Jr. and the Galles ECR Racing team battle for the checkered flag with the stars of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series on June 10. Live coverage of the event begins at 7:00 p.m. Central Time on ESPN.