RAIN WASHES OUT SECOND DAY OF NEXTEL CUP TEST AT INDY Practice for July 12 extended to 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET) INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, July 11, 2006 -- Persistent rain doused the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 11, washing out the scheduled second...
RAIN WASHES OUT SECOND DAY OF NEXTEL CUP TEST AT INDY
Practice for July 12 extended to 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET)
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, July 11, 2006 -- Persistent rain doused the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 11, washing out the scheduled second day of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series testing at the famous 2.5-mile oval.
Due to the lack of track time for the teams preparing for the 13th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, Aug. 6, NASCAR and IMS officials have extended the testing schedule for Wednesday, July 12 to 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET), with a one-hour lunch break from noon-1 p.m.
Forty-two drivers are scheduled to test Wednesday.
Thirty-nine drivers turned laps in testing July 10, with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon posting the three-fastest speeds, respectively. NEXTEL Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson and his teammate Jeff Gordon, the only four-time Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner, were among the additional drivers scheduled to join testing July 11.
Instead, drivers spent the day relaxing, visiting the IMS Hall of Fame Museum or watching rain fall from the cover of their team transporters.
One driver eagerly awaiting the chance to test was Tony Raines. A native of LaPorte, Ind., Raines will drive the No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet at IMS for the new Hall of Fame Racing team, co-owned by NFL legends Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.
Raines wants to do well for the new team at one of NASCAR's biggest annual events, in front of a crowd gathered less than three hours from his hometown.
"If there is one racetrack you want to run really good at, this would be it for me," Raines said. "Hopefully we can do that."
Raines echoed the sentiments of many drivers and teams that came to Indianapolis with a large testing "to do" list.
"It's certainly very disappointing," Raines said of the rainout. "Being in the top 35, when you get here we know we'll race, but being in the race and racing are two different things. We'd like to get some track time tomorrow and get this thing going, so we know we'll have a good race that August weekend.
"We had some things we wanted to try today just to see how they'd affect the car, then tomorrow we were going to work on getting the car as fast as possible. We had a two-step program, so now we may have to condense it into one day or just skip that first part. We've got two cars, so we need to figure out which car will be faster here, and then make that car better yet. We'll have a lot of work to do in a short period of time tomorrow."
July 12 is scheduled to be the final day of on-track activity at IMS for NEXTEL Cup Series drivers until they begin practice for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Friday, Aug. 4.
Fans are welcome to view the testing for free July 12 from the South Terrace grandstands, located inside the track between Turns 1 and 2.
Tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.
Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday, while online orders can be made at any time.
Reserved seats start at just $35.