IRL: Indy500: Airton Dare

Indianapolis, May 20, 2001 – After a few morning practice laps, the TeamXtreme crew was confident that 2000 Rookie of the Year Airton Dare’ would give a solid performance in today’s Bump Day shootout. After being bumped out early in the ...

Indianapolis, May 20, 2001 – After a few morning practice laps, the TeamXtreme crew was confident that 2000 Rookie of the Year Airton Dare’ would give a solid performance in today’s Bump Day shootout. After being bumped out early in the afternoon, Dare’ and the crew decided to make an attempt at re-qualifying the 1-800 BAR NONE car.

“We battled some oversteer problems this morning, but we corrected them very quickly,” says Dare’. “The 1-800 BAR NONE crew did a great job of fine tuning the car this morning and giving me a great car to work with today. I also want to thank the Classmates crew for all of their help. This truly was a team effort and Jaques and I could not have put together such great performances without the support and advice of the crews and engineers.”

Dare’ completed three laps in excess of 222 mph and a final lap of 221.7 mph.

Now the team prepares to work on race setups for Jaques Lazier’s #77 Jonathan Byrd-TeamXtreme car and Dare’s #88 1-800 BAR NONE car.

“Obviously weather conditions are going to play a huge role in the specifics of our race setup, and as we all have seen, the weather in Indy is very unpredictable,” says General Manager John Lopes. “Our race setups will be specifically tailored to both Jaques’ and Airton’s driving characteristics, so we still have a lot of work to do. We are thrilled to be back in the show and have two of the most talented drivers and crews in the field.”

-TX

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Airton Daré , Jaques Lazier