IRL: Dare' Nashville race notes

July 21 -- Nashville - In a scene reminiscent of last week's IRL race at the Kansas Speedway, the 1-800-BAR NONE car began from the rear of the field but quickly made its way to a top 10 position. After a turn of front wing in the first pit stop...

July 21 -- Nashville - In a scene reminiscent of last week's IRL race at the Kansas Speedway, the 1-800-BAR NONE car began from the rear of the field but quickly made its way to a top 10 position.

After a turn of front wing in the first pit stop on lap 24, 2000 Rookie of the Year Airton Dare' had a well-balanced car capable of propelling him to the front of the pack. Before the midpoint of the 200 lap race of endurance and speed, Dare' gained nine positions.

"The car was handling real good, we had the power and we were able to get good fuel mileage too," says Dare'.

As the young gun approached a pack of racers along the backstretch, a sudden collision burst in front of him.

"I just saw a big crash right in front of me," says Dare'. "There was debris flying everywhere. It was in front of me, beside me, above. The next thing I know, the car was airborne. At speeds close to 200 mph, it all is happening so fast, it is nearly impossible to avoid four other cars crashing right in front of you."

Dare' escaped the unavoidable collision without any major injuries.

"We are all so relieved that Airton is okay," says general manager John Lopes. "We saw the replay in the timing stand and were amazed when Airton reassured us that he wasn't hurt. It's a shame that we had to be involved in that collision just when the car was really gaining speed. Frankly, I believe the replay will show that the wreck was inexcusable and a result of poor judgement in front of us."

"The crew is anxious about heading to Kentucky," says Lopes.

-TXR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Airton Daré