IRL: Nazarth Speedway test notes 2003-08-04

IndyCar Series drivers testing at Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, PA (August 4, 2003) - As the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway draws closer, three Indy Racing League IndyCar Series teams are taking advantage of a two-day test session at the...

IndyCar Series drivers testing at Nazareth Speedway

Nazareth, PA (August 4, 2003) - As the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway draws closer, three Indy Racing League IndyCar Series teams are taking advantage of a two-day test session at the Speedway. One of the drivers on hand was current points leader Scott Dixon, which goes to show you that every bit of track time counts in the run for the Championship.

Dixon and Marlboro Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves turned laps in preparation for the August 24th event today, while Dixon's Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Tomas Scheckter was looking on and preparing to jump behind the wheel tomorrow. Weather delayed the start of testing this morning, but both drivers were able to put in some laps before lunch.

"We're pretty good," said Dixon following the morning session. "The track is a little green, but the tires are lasting pretty well, which is good. It's a little bumpy down in Turn Two, so we are just trying to work out some things for that corner."

Castroneves comes to Nazareth looking to duplicate his top five finish in 2002. "So far the rain has delayed us a bit, but right now it looks good," Castroneves said just prior to returning to the track for the afternoon session. "I don't race here much, but I love it, it's awesome. It's tough and I love it."

And the key to winning the Firestone Indy 225 in three weeks, according to two-time Indy 500 winner: "Be patient and come in with a good base set-up," which is why the team is at the track today. Castroneves clocked in at 20.2 seconds in the morning session.

Scheckter will get behind the wheel tomorrow and test his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota. "Testing gives us a basis to have a good run," Scheckter said. "We will use some of the same set-ups here as we would at some of the other tracks, but the series is so competitive, it's really the fine things that make a difference."

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 Tomas Scheckter , Sarah Fisher , Al Unser Jr. , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing