IRL: Airton Dare' Kentuckly race recap

Sparta, Kentucky, August 12 -- Airton Dare', noted heavy-foot driver of the Indy Racing League, began the tenth race of the season from position 16. Within the first five laps of the heat-soaked race, Dare' claimed the eleventh position. The ...

Sparta, Kentucky, August 12 -- Airton Dare', noted heavy-foot driver of the Indy Racing League, began the tenth race of the season from position 16. Within the first five laps of the heat-soaked race, Dare' claimed the eleventh position.

The 1-800-BAR NONE crew did a lightning-fast 10.3-second pit stop that included a turn of wing, fresh Firestones and more fuel. The quick stop allowed Dare' to advance to the seventh position.

On lap 127 Dare's radio gave out, hindering his ability to communicate with the crew. All communication was conducted through hand signals and the use of the pit board sign. The crew continued to complete quick pit stops without the use of radio communication.

Unfortunately, the telemetry indicated a loss of oil pressure in the motor. Rather than destroying the motor, the team decided to call Dare' into the pits to investigate the problem. After checking for a malfunctioned sensor, the team determined that the motor was indeed losing oil pressure and called it a day.

"We worked out all of the hang-ups that we had earlier in the weekend," says General Manager John Lopes. "The car was pulling strong from the drop of the green flag. Airton lived up to his reputation today by weaving his way through the pack right from the start. And what else can I say about the crew? Ten second pit stops are phenomenal."

Dare' and TeamXtreme's Director of Sponsorship Starke Taylor look forward to spending some vacation time in Dare's hometown of Barau, Brazil. They have invited Jim Crouse and fellow executives of TeamXtreme's primary sponsor, 1-800-BAR NONE, to enjoy a week in Brazil.

"I can't wait to show everyone my hometown," says Dare'. "We plan on having a good time and enjoying all the sights of Brazil, but we will also talk about future plans for next season's sponsorship program."

-TXR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Airton Daré