INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- July 7, 2006 Today's IRL headlines 1. Klein to test IndyCar Series car at Milwaukee 2. Drivers take advantage of off-weekend 3. Of note 1. Klein to test IndyCar Series car at Milwaukee: IRL Indy Pro Series...
INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- July 7, 2006
Today's IRL headlines
1. Klein to test IndyCar Series car at Milwaukee
2. Drivers take advantage of off-weekend
3. Of note
1. Klein to test IndyCar Series car at Milwaukee: IRL Indy Pro Series driver Jonathan Klein will test an Andretti Green Racing's IndyCar Series car on July 10 at The Milwaukee Mile.
Klein will be the second Indy Pro Series driver to take advantage of the Indy Racing League program allowing Indy Pro Series drivers to receive IndyCar Series testing time. Andretti Green Racing teammate Jaime Camara was the first driver to take advantage of the program when he tested an IndyCar Series car at Nashville Superspeedway last month.
"This will be my first time in an IndyCar, so I'm excited, for sure," the 19-year-old native of Long Grove, Ill., said. "We're just going to go through a conservative plan. I'm only going to do what they ask me to do, start learning, gain experience and just have fun. I never figured I'd get to drive an IndyCar this soon. This is obviously a really good thing and a positive step."
Klein, who ranks third in the Indy Pro Series standings this year, will share time with Klein Tools/Canadian Club driver Dario Franchitti in an Andretti Green Racing Honda-powered Dallara on Monday. Andretti Green rookie Marco Andretti will also test the No. 26 NYSE Group Dallara/Honda/Firestone at Milwaukee.
"I'm looking forward to the horsepower, although Milwaukee won't be the best place to feel that because it is such a tight track," Klein said. "We'll spend most of our effort tuning on the car's setup and balance. But, I like running at Milwaukee. It's a fun racetrack. I like the small ovals because you have to drive the car. Small ovals are a great equalizer."
2. Drivers take advantage of off-weekend: With five races in six weeks, many IndyCar Series drivers are taking advantage of the off weekend to relax.
Several drivers, including Indianapolis 500 winner and current IndyCar Series point leader Sam Hornish Jr. and Rahal Letterman Racing driver Danica Patrick, are spending the weekend with their friends and families at their homes.
The downtime at home will be short, though. Both Patrick and Hornish will join reigning IndyCar Series champion Dan Wheldon at the ESPYs on July 12 before traveling to Nashville to prepare for the Firestone Indy 200.
3. Of note: The third episode of Andretti 3, ESPN2's reality series chronicling the rookie season of third-generation racer Marco Andretti will air at noon (EDT) on July 9. -- There have been five winners in as many races at Nashville Superspeedway (Dario Franchitti, 2005; Tony Kanaan, 2004; Gil de Ferran, 2003; Alex Barron, 2002; Buddy Lazier, 2001) and five pole winners (Tomas Scheckter, 2005; Buddy Rice, 2004; Scott Dixon, 2003; Billy Boat, 2002; Greg Ray, 2001). -- Danica Patrick is scheduled to appear on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on July 14.
The next IndyCar Series event is the Firestone Indy 200 at 9 p.m. on July 15 at Nashville Superspeedway. The race will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPN Deportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 145 "IndyCar Racing" and www.indycar.com. The fifth season of Indy Pro Series competition continues with the Sunbelt Rentals 100 on July 15 at Nashville Superspeedway. The race will be telecast by ESPN2 at 2 p.m. on July 20. ESPN2's coverage of the Liberty Challenge will be telecast at 2 p.m. on July 6.