HILLIARD, OHIO . . . Kenny Brack, driver of Team Rahal's Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola and the 2000 CART Rookie of the Year, will make his return to the True Value International Race of Champions (IROC) series Friday afternoon (1:30 PM EST) at Daytona...
HILLIARD, OHIO . . . Kenny Brack, driver of Team Rahal's Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola and the 2000 CART Rookie of the Year, will make his return to the True Value International Race of Champions (IROC) series Friday afternoon (1:30 PM EST) at Daytona International Speedway. Brack will start fifth on the inside of row three in the 40-lap, 100-mile event.
The True Value IROC series matches 12 championship caliber drivers to compete in equalized racecars. The cars are differentiated by their brilliant paint colors and outfitted with identical radial race tires. The four-race series awards points according to finishing positions. At the end of the fourth event the points are tallied and a champion is declared.
For Brack it will be his second time running in IROC. As the 1998 Indy Racing League champion, Brack participated in the 1999 IROC series. Brack finished sixth overall in 1999, the highest finish of any open wheel racer that year.
"Driving in IROC is a very different experience than driving the open-wheel cars that I am used to, but the whole experience is a lot of fun," said Brack. "Last time I ran IROC I learned a lot about how to drive a stock car and hopefully I can use some of that knowledge this time and keep Mister [Dale] Earndhardt from pulling the same tricks he did last time. Certainly the NASCAR drivers are very skilled at driving these cars but hopefully with the testing and track time I have put in I can give them a good show."
Brack will be the lone representative of the CART FedEx Championship Series racing in IROC tomorrow. Defending CART champion Gil de Ferran of Team Penske will miss the first race due to injuries sustained in testing.
Brack becomes the first driver for Team Rahal to participate in the IROC series. Team Rahal owner Bobby Rahal drove in the IROC series five times (1985-88, 1990) and won two races, both at Mid-Ohio. Rahal ranks 19th overall on the all-time IROC money list ($204,000).
Friday's IROC race will be broadcast on ESPN Sunday afternoon February 18th at 5:00 PM EST.
Team Rahal is a franchise member of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). Headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio, the team co-owned by three-time CART Champion Bobby Rahal and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman currently fields a pair of Championship Cars for Max Papis and Kenny Brack in the CART FedEx Championship Series. The 90-member team enjoys primary sponsorship from Miller Brewing Company and the Shell/Texaco Alliance with the Shell brand.