Indianapolis, IN: Its IROC time again for Arie Luyendyk. The Treadway Racing star has had little chance to rest after his top-five finish in Charlotte last weekend. Negotiating a tight schedule this week, Arie has spent most of his time ...
Indianapolis, IN: Its IROC time again for Arie Luyendyk. The Treadway Racing star has had little chance to rest after his top-five finish in Charlotte last weekend. Negotiating a tight schedule this week, Arie has spent most of his time either in the air-or on the track!
Immediately following Charlotte, Arie headed for Indianapolis Sunday afternoon to obtain some practice time in his #9 Yellow IROC Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. After spending one practice session in the car on Monday-it was back to the airport and on to Pikes Peak International Raceway for a testing session on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Treadway Racing crew was waiting in Colorado and upon Arie's arrival, the team negotiated with the weather until they were able to grab some track time and work on racing set-ups for the upcoming Radisson 200. As soon as Wednesday morning's practice session was finished, Arie headed to the airport once again for a return trip to Indianapolis, and a final practice session in the IROC car.
The last and final race on the IROC schedule-Indianapolis is an inaugural event for the series and a novel concept for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ! While currently hosting the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for the Brickyard 400-the IROC event will be the featured support race at the Speedway.
The International Race of Champions boasts 12 of the top drivers from each of the different motorsports series. Arie Luyendyk and Tony Stewart are the representatives from the Indy Racing League. This is the fourth and final stop on the series and the race will run Friday at 1:30 p.m. local time. The 40 lap, 100-mile race should prove to be an exciting one for all of the Brickyard fans.
The reverse of the current point standings determines the starting order for tomorrow's race. This in mind-Arie will start on the outside of Row Two in 4th position. He is currently 9th in the point standings with 22 total points going into Indianapolis.
Quote from Arie Luyendyk: "The race should be fun on Friday! I had a great practice on Monday and I really enjoy running at the Speedway. It is interesting to be in those cars at this track because it is a different feel in an IROC car, but you use a similar approach to the IRL cars as you negotiate the track. Drafting is a key for this race. We will need a lot of help from other drivers to pass. You may need help from friends-who may not even be friends to get the job done!"
Arie's next event will be the IROC race at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs on August 16, 1998.