DISMORE LOGS MORE THAN 300 MILES IN TEAM MENARD TEST SESSION AT MIS; DRIVER NOTCHES LAP OF 220 MPH IN FIRST DAY OF TEST AT MIS. BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Mark Dismore and Team Menard made the most of the clear skies Wednesday at Michigan International...
DISMORE LOGS MORE THAN 300 MILES IN TEAM MENARD TEST SESSION AT MIS; DRIVER NOTCHES LAP OF 220 MPH IN FIRST DAY OF TEST AT MIS.
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Mark Dismore and Team Menard made the most of the clear skies Wednesday at Michigan International Speedway while testing the No. 2 Johns Manville Chevrolet Dallara.
Dismore and the team logged 160 laps -- or 320 miles -- during the first day of a scheduled two-day test session at MIS under sunny but breezy conditions and temperatures in the mid 70s Wednesday.
Dismore tested the No. 2 Team Menard machine in preparation for the inaugural Michigan Indy 400 on Sunday, July 28. Tickets to the race are just $40 for all reserved seats with a $50 combo ticket available for both Saturday and Sunday activities. Call (800) 354-1010 or visit www.MISpeedway.com.
"Everything went great," said team general manager Butch Meyer. "We were right at 220 mph. We were in testing mode all day, and I'm not saying that 220 is what we're going to run (during the race). We do have a lot of work to do."
Meyer said that he expects to need to reach 223 or 224 mph before the end of tomorrow's session to be satisfied with the race less than three weeks away.
"I think that's what we need to run here to be competitive," Meyer said. "We worked on one part of the car today, and we'll do more tomorrow."
While the Indy Racing League is new to MIS, Dismore is not. He competed in two International Race of Champions events the last two years and was involved in a Super Vee race at MIS in 1983. Dismore expects the Michigan Indy 400 to be more of the same wheel-to-wheel passing action open-wheel fans at MIS have enjoyed for years.
"The track is nice, the surface is smooth and there are several lines of racing," Dismore said. "It (the racing) won't be any different with us. It is a tough place, and it's a tough place to get the car right. We still don't have it right, but we'll keep working on it."
While familiar with the historic two-mile oval at MIS, Dismore likely will not draw from any of his past experiences at the speedway for the Michigan Indy 400.
The Super Vee race was too long ago, and comparing the stock cars of IROC to the rockets of the IRL are like comparing apples to oranges, or as he put it, "school busses to Corvettes."
"They're just so different, like night and day," Dismore said. "Perhaps the only similarity is the lines here that you can run, but the stock cars don't teach you anything about the IRL cars and vice versa."
Dismore is the fourth driver to pilot the No. 2 Team Menard car this season. Jaques Lazier started the season before being injured and replaced by P.J. Jones, who was also injured during practice for the Indianapolis 500. Raul Boesel replaced Jones for two races before Dismore came aboard three races ago.
Dismore has competed in four races this season, including the 86th Indianapolis 500. He has finished 11th twice this year and started no worse than 12th in the last three races for Team Menard.
"This year has been difficult since Jaques got hurt to find a driver that can gel with the team," Meyer said. "But Mark is doing a good job."