IRL: Texas Motor Speedway test notes 2004-05-04

Firestone IndyCar Test Concludes, Champ Looks for Close Race FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 4, 2004) - Defending Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon looks for a "typical" race at Texas Motor Speedway for the Bombardier 500k on...

Firestone IndyCar Test Concludes, Champ Looks for Close Race

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 4, 2004) - Defending Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon looks for a "typical" race at Texas Motor Speedway for the Bombardier 500k on Saturday night, June 12. The result should be more wheel-to-wheel action that has made "The Original Nighttime IndyCar Race" famous.

Dixon and current IRL IndyCar Series point runnerup Tony Kanaan finished the second day of incident-free testing for Firestone tires Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway in preparation for the Bombardier 500k. The test session was the first at the speedway utilizing IRL's new 3.0-liter engine package and new aerodynamic rules aimed at slowing the IndyCar Series machines.

Even with the new rules, Dixon still anticipates close and exciting action in the Bombardier 500k.

"Texas is Texas," said the champion. "You are still going to have the big packs (of cars), your top teams are going to be up front.

"The IRL is heading in the right direction. Speeds are definitely down. The biggest difference with the three-liter engine is we have to take off some downforce that makes the car harder to drive. But at Texas it doesn't matter as much because of the banking."

Dixon and Kanaan will be joined by IndyCar Series stars Dan Wheldon, Al Unser Jr., Helio Castroneves, Sam Hornish Jr., Scott Sharp, Alex Barron, Tomas Scheckter, Greg Ray, A.J. Foyt IV, Adrian Fernandez and Felipe Giaffone in the Bombardier 500k. The Bombardier 500k green flag will fall at 7 p.m. (CT) June 12.

Tickets for the Bombardier 500k are available daily at the speedway, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Greg Ray , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , A.J. Foyt IV , Adrian Fernandez , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , Sam Hornish Jr.