IRL: Dismore Mighican test notes 2002-07-11

DISMORE GETS ANOTHER FULL DAY OF TESTING IN AT HISTORIC MIS TEAM MENARD DRIVER LOGS MORE THAN 620 MILES DURING TEST BROOKLYN, Mich. - Mark Dismore and Team Menard got everything they could out of the No. Johns Manville Chevrolet Dallara, ...

DISMORE GETS ANOTHER FULL DAY OF TESTING IN AT HISTORIC MIS
TEAM MENARD DRIVER LOGS MORE THAN 620 MILES DURING TEST

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Mark Dismore and Team Menard got everything they could out of the No. Johns Manville Chevrolet Dallara, including the last drop of gasoline.

Dismore and the team completed the second day of a two-day test session Thursday at Michigan International Speedway. They logged 500 miles on one engine and more than 120 on another for more than 620 total miles of testing in preparation for the inaugural Michigan Indy 400 on Sunday, July 28.

The team had planned to go until 6 p.m. Thursday until the car ran out of gas in turn 3 at around 5:15 p.m., ending the two-day session.

"We were doing a (fuel) run-out check there at the end, so that's why he ran out of gas," said team manager Butch Meyer. "It's as dry as a bone."

Meyer said he was happy with the test, during which the team had no on-track incidents and ideal weather conditions both days.

"Everything went smoothly," Meyer said. "We ran some consistent laps for our race set-up, so we'll do our homework and be back for the race."

Both Meyer and Dismore agreed that when they return to MIS in less than three weeks for the inaugural Michigan Indy 400, fans are in for an exciting race.

"If a person's just a race fan and likes racing, there's nothing better than the IRL," Dismore said. "If all they're looking for is a good race, there's no better racing. If you want to meet drivers, you can meet the drivers. If you want to see the cars, you can see the cars."

"It's going to be wheel-to-wheel, nose-to-tail," Meyer said. "It's going to be a good race."

This season, the series is visiting several tracks for the first time, MIS included. Dismore said that while he has competed at MIS previously, it will be a new experience in the IRL car.

"It's human nature to like variety," Dismore said. "I like going to new tracks, and coming here, this is a track that's wide, smooth and is suited for three abreast racing."

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