USAR: Indy IRP: Logan Dernoshek preview

Dernoshek Begins 2005 Season with Indy's Month of Speed CANONSBURG, PA (May 12, 2005) -- To complete 200 laps (500 miles) at Indianapolis is the goal of many drivers throughout motorsports and Logan Dernoshek is no exception, even though his...

Dernoshek Begins 2005 Season with Indy's Month of Speed

CANONSBURG, PA (May 12, 2005) -- To complete 200 laps (500 miles) at Indianapolis is the goal of many drivers throughout motorsports and Logan Dernoshek is no exception, even though his 200 laps will come at Indianapolis Raceway Park. On Sunday, he'll be competing in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Lucas Oil 200 presented by Hare Auto Group, his first series start of 2005. Dernoshek captured a top fifteen finish in this same event last year during his rookie campaign.

May 14th is pole day at both Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the IRL and Indianapolis Raceway Park for the Hooters ProCup Series. Dernoshek, considering the No. 10 team's problems last year, said they have focused heavily on their previous shortcomings for 2005 including qualifying. Over the winter, the organization paid more attention to its motor program as the team felt their chassis program was on par with where it needed to be but the car lacked power under the hood.

"Our major focus in the off season has been the engine department," said Dernoshek, driver of the No. 10 unsponsored Pontiac. "Dad (Warren Dernoshek) has put a lot of effort into improving our engines and after seeing the dyno numbers, I am confident that we will have considerably more power this year. We're not going to pull Benny Gordon off the corner and down the straightaway, but we are going to be a lot better than last year. We keep trying to build our program and I believe we've taken a step in the right direction. We really didn't change a whole bunch from the chassis standpoint, just your basic refurb stuff like the transmission, rear end, and brakes."

Dernoshek battled through the 2004 event with a car that was tight at exit of the corner, even scraping the wall off of turn four during the race en route to a 14th place finish. After the first race at Mansfield last year, the team hit on a chassis combination that has helped the car tremendously through the corners but has lacked horsepower to make it down the straightaways. Applying that new chassis setup theory to the car for IRP's long, sweeping corners, Dernoshek is excited about a good finish.

"Last year we were a top fifteen car and this year my goal is to consistently be a top ten car," said the Pittsburgh area resident. "If we can consistently run and finish in the top ten with the available budget we have, I feel we will have a good season. The newer, higher budget teams might affect us a little, but it takes more than budget to run good in this series. I don't think there is anyone else that works harder than we do. The thing that is going to help this year is the fact that we have notes to start from and a good baseline setup, so when we get to the track and start practice we can fine tune the car rather than try to find that baseline."

The two-day format for IRP is something rarely seen in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series. Most races are one-day events where competitors practice, qualify, and race all in the same day. Saturday's activities will include tech inspection, practice and qualifying for the ProCup cars as well as the CRA late models. The ProCup cars will remain impounded, unable to be mechanically altered, from the end of their qualifying run to the beginning of the race on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., much like the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series has begun doing in 2005.

Tickets are still available for the Lucas Oil 200 presented by Hare Auto Group at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind., by visiting the track website at www.irponline.com or calling the speedway office at (317) 291-4090. The event will be broadcast on Speed Channel at 10 p.m. ET on May 21 and at noon on May 27 in conjunction with the "Lunch at Hooters" promotion.

-www.logandernoshek.com.

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