Well, I've certainly been learning a lot during the past few weeks. Since passing my rookie test in Texas, I've been in Miami-Homestead FL, where the IRL runs in April, and at Phoenix this past week. The 1-Â½ mile Homestead track was pretty...
Well, I've certainly been learning a lot during the past few weeks. Since passing my rookie test in Texas, I've been in Miami-Homestead FL, where the IRL runs in April, and at Phoenix this past week.
The 1-½ mile Homestead track was pretty flat, so you really couldn't go flat-out. You had to experiment with when and how much to lift or brake. With this being a new track for the IRL, we didn't have any setups or data to go on. My practice runs gave me some good experience giving feedback to the crew, since the car was not handling very well. We continued to make adjustments, until we had some good data for our other drivers.
I want to thank Jim Freudenberg and Kelley Racing for their help down in Florida. I appreciate it guys!!
In Phoenix this week, I got to work with a different team, PDM Racing. It was also really awesome with Arie Luyendyk giving me some pointers. This mile track was a lot tougher. Everything happens so quickly! Not a lot of room for error. I ran 200 laps! Wow! Needless to say, I slept well that night!
Everyone is pleased with my progress so far. I want to thank everyone whose support has made help make this possible. We are, of course; also busy trying to secure sponsorships for this season.
We are going to continue practicing in the Indy car. On Feb 24th, we'll be back in Homestead, FL for an IRL open test. We will again run the regional midget series at the the Speedrome, on Thursday nights, starting in May. We also hope to do some Supermodified races on the west coast. I'll let you know how things are going, and until then. . .
GAS IT UP Rick Treadway
Supermodified Series Racing Schedule 2001
March 15-17 Phoenix International Speedway Phoenix, AZ March 24 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV April 21 Madera Speedway Vukovich Classic Fresno, CA April 28 Irwindale Speedway Los Angeles, CA June 1-2 Meridian Speedway Diamond Cup Boise, ID June 16 Pikes Peak International Raceway Colorado Springs, CO June 18 Sandia Motorsports Park Albuquerque, NM June 20 Dodge City Raceway Park Kansas City, KS June 23 Magic Valley Speedway Boise, ID July 4 Rocky Mountain Raceways Salt Lake City, UT July 7 Silver State Raceway Carson City, NV (Reno) July 27 Madera Speedway Fresno, CA July 28 Altamont Raceway Park Tracy, CA (Oakland) Aug 17 Tri-Cities Raceway West Richland, WA Aug 18 Wenatchee Valley's Super Oval Seattle, WA Sept 22 Madera Speedway Harvest Classic Fresno, CA Sept 29 Altamont Raceway Park Tracy, CA (Oakland) Oct 13 Cajon Speedway El Cajon,CA (San Diego)