IRL: Atlanta Stan Wattles Preview

back to speed Does track size make a difference? Indy Racing League (IRL) team owner/driver Stan Wattles thinks so. He's looking forward to the Aug. 29 Atlanta 500 Classic at the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. Wattles and...

back to speed

Does track size make a difference? Indy Racing League (IRL) team owner/driver Stan Wattles thinks so. He's looking forward to the Aug. 29 Atlanta 500 Classic at the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. Wattles and his rookie Metro Racing Systems team have struggled with chassis setup for one-mile tracks, but have achieved top- 10 finishes in the two races they've started on 1.5-mile ovals.

"I look forward to getting back to a track configuration where the Riley & Scott chassis works. It should be a good run for the car and team," Wattles said.

travel trials

Heat, humidity, altitude, time zones and schedules all affect Indy car team preparation. During the past two weeks, Metro Racing team members have traveled from their sea-level Florida headquarters to the mile-high Colorado Rockies. They've experienced temperatures from 60 to 110 degrees and humidity ranging from ultra-dry to instant sauna. In addition to time-zone changes, they will have to reset their internal clocks to be ready for the Atlanta night race.

making a difference

Wattles is Racing to Make a Difference in co-operation with the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). He is a celebrity spokesman for the NCLD and frequently hosts track visits for children who have learning disabilities. He hopes they will be encouraged by his own experience in overcoming the challenges of dyslexia, dysgraphia and perception difficulties.

skiing in Seattle

Team fueler Greg Martin is an avid alpine skier, climber and hiker. He has established a ski racing program for people who have physical disabilities through the non-profit Ski For All organization in Seattle. "It helps people with disabilities focus on what they can do, rather than what they can't do," he said. Martin also assists disabled hikers during the summer months when he's not at the track.

made in the USA

Metro Racing was the first IRL team to field an American driver in an "all-American" car, with the Riley & Scott MK V chassis, IRL Aurora V8 engines and Goodyear Eagle tires. Wattles is the only driver who has competed in the Indianapolis 500 with an all-American chassis, engine and tire combination since 1984.

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