NAZARETH, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001 - Robbie Buhl and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing were the first Indy Racing League team to turn laps at Nazareth Speedway, completing a test session Oct. 29-30 at the unique 1-mile oval. The Indy Racing Northern...
NAZARETH, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001 - Robbie Buhl and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing were the first Indy Racing League team to turn laps at Nazareth Speedway, completing a test session Oct. 29-30 at the unique 1-mile oval.
The Indy Racing Northern Light Series will compete for the first time at Nazareth on April 19-21, 2002.
Buhl topped 175 mph in his No. 24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force/Infiniti/Firestone Oct. 30 on a cool, sunny day in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.
"Nazareth Speedway is a place where I have had success," Buhl said. "I am really looking forward to the April race. I have won a couple times (1991 and 1992) in the Indy Lights here, and in 1992 this is where I clinched the championship."
Buhl's Nazareth resume shows five starts in various open-wheel divisions at the D-shaped Pennsylvania oval. This is his first return to the track since 1995.
"The focus of this test is on getting comfortable and running consistent lap times," Buhl said. "The setup is so important here.
"From what we have seen with this package, the Indy cars are going to put on a good show here. There will be challenges for the lead and close competitive racing all day. It will get exciting when two or three guys are battling for the lead and have to maneuver around lap traffic."
The inaugural Indy Racing League event at Nazareth Speedway will be the final race before the Indianapolis 500 on May 26. The Nazareth event weekend will be an exciting festival of open-wheel racing, as the United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget Series will be featured support races.