Danny Lasoski Having A Ball At Daytona During True Value IROC Practice DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 5, 2002) * Danny Lasoski got to do something he always wanted to do on Tuesday when he wheeled his first laps around Daytona International...
Danny Lasoski Having A Ball At Daytona During True Value IROC Practice
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 5, 2002) * Danny Lasoski got to do something he always wanted to do on Tuesday when he wheeled his first laps around Daytona International Speedway during True Value IROC practice.
The 2001 World of Outlaws champion practiced at DIS along with fellow True Value IROC competitors Helio Castroneves, Scott Sharp, Sam Hornish and Buddy Lazier. The group of drivers are trying to fine tune their skills in anticipation for their 40-lap sprint race against the stock car stars on Feb. 15.
"I guess the word phenomenal would be the first word I would tell you," Lasoski said of the day's experience. "I've never been on payment before as far as a speed like this. (IROC test driver) Andy Hillenburg has been coaching me for the last few days. I went to his school last Saturday and Sunday and he showed me some things.
"Everything he told me is exactly what's going on out there. I ran about 10 laps by myself and then Helio Castroneves, Scott Sharp and Sam Hornish and I got in a draft. Knowing what to do and what not to do is what we're doing. I'm so excited I'm floating on air being here."
Lasoski is the first driver to represent sprint car racing's premier series in True
Value IROC competition since Steve Kinser did so seven years ago. He says his participation in IROC will be one of the highlights of his career.
"Winning the Knoxville National World of Outlaw championship was the highlight of my career, but when I got that phone call from Jay and Barbara Signore, that had to top everything I've ever done in my career," Lasoski said.
Due to his lack of experience in stock cars, Lasoski says the upcoming practice sessions at Daytona will be vital.
"I would be in that thing 10 hours a day if they let me," Lasoski said. "I want to learn everything in a short period of time -- what to do and what not to do. The draft is so important. I know there's a time to pull out. Being a sprint car driver, you don't wait on anything, you just go. Maybe I have to be more patient here."
Among the competitors in the True Value IROC Series that Lasoski will face include his World of Outlaws owner Tony Stewart, who'll be representing the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
"My boss, he has given me a hard time," Lasoski said. "He has coached me a lot. I think if he and I stick together, I might have a friend out there."
Other activities at the Speedway on Tuesday included the ARCA RE/MAX Series going through inspection and a practice session for the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series teams. Three-time Daytona winner Larry Caudill was the fastest in the session turning a lap of 162.993 in the No. 07 Pontiac.
Headlining Wednesday's activities at the Speedway is NASCAR Goody's Dash Series qualifying at 3 p.m. Tickets for all Speedweeks 2002 events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.