IRL: Nazareth Speedway test report

Nazareth, PA (August 13, 2003) - The second of two Indy Racing League IndyCar Series test sessions concluded today and it's now time to focus on racing and the Firestone Indy 225, scheduled to get the green flag at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 24th.

Nazareth, PA (August 13, 2003) - The second of two Indy Racing League IndyCar Series test sessions concluded today and it's now time to focus on racing and the Firestone Indy 225, scheduled to get the green flag at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 24th. Six drivers took advantage of the last two days of testing to get their cars set up just right, including Series' point leader Tony Kanaan.

Kanaan was joined at the track with teammates Bryan Herta, who has taken over the seat of injured driver Dario Franchitti, and Dan Wheldon. With a close battle for the championship, Kanaan feels that Nazareth could play an important role in the season outcome.

"We have four guys fighting hard for this championship," said Kanaan. "Nazareth is going to be a key race for all of us, especially because the track is so challenging. You can stand out as a driver here - it's not just a chassis track. It's a very important race for the championship and it's going to be exciting for the fans."

Marlboro Team Penske driver Gil de Ferran was also at the track testing, hoping to put last year's race behind him in which he ran out of gas in the closing laps.

"Nazareth has always been a difficult track," said de Ferran. "Turn One is not that difficult in these cars, but Turn Two is a wide-open, long turn and slightly off-camber on the exit. Turn Three is a much tighter turn. It's hard to drive and it's hard to set up the car for."

Rounding out the test session was past Indy 500 champion Kenny Brack and Roger Yasukawa's Super Aguri Fernandez Racing entry.

The chase for the IRL IndyCar Series Championship takes center stage at Nazareth Speedway as the fastest growing open-wheel series in the United States returns to the Lehigh Valley, August 22-24. Will the new Andretti Green Racing entry, with car owner and Nazareth native Michael Andretti, dethrone two-time IRL champ Sam Hornish Jr.? Or, will Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran fend off Sarah Fisher, Scott Sharp and Al Unser Jr. for the crown? Find out August 22-24 when Indy racing returns to Nazareth. The action-packed weekend is capped off with the USAC Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget Series' races. Tickets for all three days are still available, with Sunday tickets starting at just $40.

For tickets and additional information, please contact the Nazareth Speedway ticket office at 1-888-629-RACE(7223) or online at www.nazarethspeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske