IPS: Nick Bussell IMS open test notes 2005-05-03

Bussell begins the month of may Rookie Runs the Historic Oval for the First Time INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series rookie Nick Bussell turned his first oval laps today at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for...

Bussell begins the month of may
Rookie Runs the Historic Oval for the First Time

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series rookie Nick Bussell turned his first oval laps today at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the Futaba Freedom 100 on Friday, May 27th. Piloting the #21 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, Bussell reached his top speed on lap 65 at 188 miles an hour.

The race, scheduled for Carburetion Day, is the first of 2 races to be held at IMS this year. The second, the Liberty Challenge, will be held on the road course on June 18th in conjunction with the Formula One United States Grand Prix weekend.

Bussell has been on track at IMS before, at an open test on the road course on March 24th; however this is his first time completing the historic oval. "Today was awesome", says Bussell. "We were able to go flat out right away and needed only very minor changes to get to top speed. We accomplished what we wanted to early in the day. It was good to get the seat time and get comfortable. We've got a good baseline now and when we come back later in the month, when hopefully the weather will be better, the speed should come up even more. That is really encouraging".

"I'm very pleased with Nick and the team", says team owner Jeff West. "We have been consistently strong all season, and I believe Nick will show the true measure of his talent here in Indianapolis. It was good to see him get up to speed so quickly and see that the car was set up well right from the start. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a special place and I am proud to run a car in this race and in this series".

A Michigan native, Bussell has an open-wheel, road racing background, with a season in the Formula Renault 2000 and Fran-Am 2000 after winning the World Karting Association Triple Crown in 2002.

Formed in July 2002, the Menards Infiniti Pro Series is an essential stepping stone for drivers and teams striving to reach the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in America, the IRL IndyCar® Series.

Infiniti Q45 engines power Dallara Automobili chassis built for the series, with Firestone Firehawk tires used exclusively on all cars. The V8 engines produce approximately 450 horsepower for the single-seat winged chassis, providing an ideal training ground for the 650-horsepower, single-seat winged cars of the IndyCar Series.

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