IRL: Texas Stan Wattles Preview

METRO RACING SYSTEMS 1998 LONE STAR 500 NOTES solar power Metro Racing Systems team owner/driver Stan Wattles will host 25 students from the Winston School at Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth) prior to the Sept. 20 Lone Star 500 Indy Racing ...

METRO RACING SYSTEMS 1998 LONE STAR 500 NOTES

solar power

Metro Racing Systems team owner/driver Stan Wattles will host 25 students from the Winston School at Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth) prior to the Sept. 20 Lone Star 500 Indy Racing League (IRL) race. The students are members of the Dallas school's solar car program. The school is involved in a worldwide solar education program, hosts the annual Winston Solar Challenge and competed in the 1997 World Solar Challenge in Australia. The students are currently building their eighth solar car.

The Sept. 17 school visit is part of the Racing to Make a Difference program Wattles initiated in co-operation with the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). He is a celebrity spokesman for the NCLD and meets frequently with children who have learning disabilities. He hopes his experience in overcoming the challenges of dyslexia, dysgraphia and perception difficulties will encourage others.

Texas top-10

Wattles notched a top-10 finish at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year. He started 26th and moved up 16 positions to finish 10th during the True Value 500 IRL race on June 6.

engineering excellence

Metro Racing's race engineer, John Baldwin, has been involved in the design and development of race cars in major international series including Formula One, Indy cars, Can-Am, Formula Two, Formula Three, Formula 3000, Formula 5000, Baja and Indy Lights. He was part of the world championship efforts of Team Lotus and Team McLaren, and achieved Indy 500 poles and victories with Vel's Parnelli Jones Race Team, McLaren and Meyer Motor Racing USA.

Baldwin has also been chief designer for Brabham and chief engineer for March Cars UK. In addition to his racing duties, he was an engineering consultant for a Middle-East country and has designed products from coffee machines to 40-seat simulators.

made in the USA

Metro Racing was the first IRL team to field an American driver in an "all-American" car, with the Riley & Scott MK V chassis, IRL Aurora V8 engines and Goodyear Eagle tires. Wattles is the only driver who has competed in the Indianapolis 500 with an all-American chassis, engine and tire combination since 1984.

Texas ties

Decatur, Tex. residents Debbie and Bill Cummings will join Metro Racing for the Lone Star 500 race. Debbie will handle team scorer duties and Bill will be the team's fuel-valve operator.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Parnelli Jones , Stan Wattles
Teams Team Lotus