IRL: Rusty Wallace drives Indy car

RUSTY WALLACE DRIVES INDYCAR SERIES CAR HOMESTEAD, Fla., Thursday, March 2, 2006 -- 1989 NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace prepared for his role as a television analyst for ABC Sports and ESPN's coverage of the IRL IndyCar® Series by driving a ...

RUSTY WALLACE DRIVES INDYCAR SERIES CAR

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Thursday, March 2, 2006 -- 1989 NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace prepared for his role as a television analyst for ABC Sports and ESPN's coverage of the IRL IndyCar® Series by driving a Honda-powered Dallara prepared by Team Penske at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"I tell you what, I gotta get one of these at home," Wallace said. "I had a good time. I feel like I need to breathe a little while and then try it again. I need to talk to Penske about running a third car at Indy. You never know."

Wallace ran eight laps on the 2.21-mile road course. He said wanted to drive the car to experience the same thing that IndyCar Series drivers face each week.

"I'm just here to see how the car accelerates and brakes. That's it," he said. "My goal is for when I start to talk about it, I can say 'I've done that, and that's what I feel."

Wallace said he plans to drive the Indy Experience two-seater at each IndyCar Series event to relate the unique challenges of each track.

"I'm going to be doing it all year long in the two-seater," he said. "I don't know if you'll see me in this car. Next time, I want to get the comfort zone a little better."

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The IRL IndyCar Series opens the 2006 season with the Toyota Indy 300 at 3:30 p.m. (EST) on March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network. The IMS Radio Network broadcast is also carried on XM Satellite Radio and www.indycar.com. The fifth season of Indy Pro Series competition opens with the Miami 100 at 12:30 p.m. on March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be telecast at 1 p.m. on March 31 by ESPN2.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Rusty Wallace
Teams Team Penske