DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA . . . Kenny Brack, driver of Team Rahal's Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola and the 2000 CART Rookie of the Year, made his return to the True Value International Race of Champions (IROC) series Friday afternoon with a fourth place ...
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA . . . Kenny Brack, driver of Team Rahal's Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola and the 2000 CART Rookie of the Year, made his return to the True Value International Race of Champions (IROC) series Friday afternoon with a fourth place finish at Daytona International Speedway. Brack led one lap (lap seven) and ran consistently among the lead cars for the 40-lap, 100-mile event. For Brack this is his second time running in IROC. He finished sixth overall in 1999; the highest finish of any open wheel racer that year. Friday's fourth place result equaled his top previous IROC result that also came at Daytona in February of 1999.
The race was won by Dale Jarrett of NASCAR followed by Ricky Rudd (NASCAR) and IRL driver Eddie Cheever. Brack was running third but lost a spot on the final lap when he had to slow avoid an on track incident between Dale Earnhardt who was leading at the time and Cheever
"At least I was able to bring the car back in one piece," said Brack. "I was hanging tough and waiting for the last lap to make my move when things got crazy. Today was a good warm-up for the CART season opener in Mexico. Running with the level of competition that is here is a great mental and physical preparation for the challenges of the upcoming season."
The 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series opens with the inaugural Monterrey (Mexico) Grand Prix March 9-11.
Brack was the lone representative of the CART FedEx Championship Series racing in the IROC opener. Defending CART champion Gil de Ferran of Team Penske missed the first race due to injuries sustained in testing.
Friday's IROC race will be broadcast on ESPN Sunday afternoon February 18th at 5:00 PM EST.