IROC Series Ready To Roar into Richmond
May 18, 2004 -- The International Race of Champions (IROC) made a stop at Richmond International Raceway for two days of testing in preparation for its Richmond and short track debut this September. Danny "The Dude" Lasoski, winner of the second of four races, fired up an IROC car for these practice days along with regular IROC testers Jim and Jay Sauter and long-time NASCAR veteran Dave Marcis.
The drivers were impressed with the newly paved surface at Richmond International Raceway.
"Richmond is phenomenal," said Lasoski. "As everyone knows, Tony Stewart heads up my car in the Sprint Car Division. He was telling me what to expect when I came here, and it's everything of that and more."
All four agreed the third out of the four IROC races on the 2004 schedule will be a treat for the fans on Thursday, September 9 at Richmond International Raceway.
"I think everyone will be up out of their seats," said Lasoski. "I think you're going to see the 12 IROC drivers go at it wide open. You're going to get everything when you drop the green, and you're going to see side-by-side racing through the whole 90 laps."
"It's going to be a great race," added Jay Sauter. "With the cars being as close as they are together, you're going to see a little bumping and running. That's the key here. We hope to make an exciting race on the short track for the fans."
"We've increased the speed on the cars nearly a full second since we began," said Marcis. "The cars are very good in the draft. You can pass and get under somebody if you want. It should all make for a great race."
A great race is something all of the drivers and fans will be looking for in Richmond. There is currently a two-way tie for first, and two more drivers are within one point of the lead. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman hold the lead with 33 points while fellow NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson and World of Outlaws driver Lasoski have 32 points at the halfway mark of the IROC season.
Ryan Newman stole the show at Daytona, taking the checkered flag at the first IROC race of the season. In Texas, Lasoski led from wire to wire, capturing a rare win by a World of Outlaws driver in the IROC series.
IROC invites 12 of the world's top drivers from different types of racing, including NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Craftsman Truck, the IRL IndyCar Series and the World of Outlaws. The drivers race at four different tracks each season in identically prepared IROC race cars. There is no qualifying, pit stops or driver set-up of the cars.
The dozen superstars will experience "Racing Perfection" in September while battling it out "under the lights." Fans have the opportunity to see two great races-IROC and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series-for the price of one on Thursday, September 9. All tickets are general admission and are just $30, which is the same price as previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events. Additionally, children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. For ticket information, fans can log onto www.rir.com or call the track's toll free number, 1-866-455-RACE.