Short-Track Ace Kruseman Completes Rookie Test INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 11, 2002 - Sprint-car champion Cory Kruseman completed the speed phase of his Indy Racing League rookie test Feb. 11 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kruseman, from Ventura,...
Short-Track Ace Kruseman Completes Rookie Test
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 11, 2002 - Sprint-car champion Cory Kruseman completed the speed phase of his Indy Racing League rookie test Feb. 11 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kruseman, from Ventura, Calif., completed each of the four 10-lap phases of the test in just 81 laps, with an unofficial top speed of 207.6 mph on the 1.5-mile oval. It was his first time at speed in an Indy Racing car.
2001 Sprint Car Racing Association champion Kruseman drove a Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone prepared by PDM Racing. Indy Racing League veteran Tyce Carlson helped set up the car and provided advice to Kruseman.
"That's definitely a good race car and builds confidence in you," Kruseman said. "To have Tyce Carlson talk to me really helped.
"It really surprised me how stuck (the car) is to the racetrack. It's a whole different ball of wax. In a midget or a sprint car, you're chasing it to get speed. You have to react so fast. In these, you have to slow down and be smooth."
Indy Racing League Technical Manager Mark Bridges observed Kruseman.
"It's obvious he's very comfortable in the car," Bridges said. "He's got a good feel, he's smooth, he knows what it likes, and he clicked them off quick."
Kruseman has experience in karts, stock cars, midgets, sprint cars, Silver Crown cars and three-quarter midgets. He was the Chili Bowl champion in 2000 and the Non-Winged World Champion in 1999.
"It's awesome to get a talent like Cory to test with us in Vegas," PDM co-owner Paul Diatlovich said. "It's good that the IRL looks to open-wheel champions. He's the SCRA champion, and we relish the opportunity to test with him."
Indy Racing League Vice President of Operations Brian Barnhart must clear Kruseman before receiving his Indy Racing League license.