Indianapolis, IN (July 30, 2002) - Indy Racing League representatives, Buddy Lazier and Scott Sharp, spent the afternoon turning practice laps in preparation for the True Value IROC finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, Aug. 3. A...
Indianapolis, IN (July 30, 2002) - Indy Racing League representatives, Buddy Lazier and Scott Sharp, spent the afternoon turning practice laps in preparation for the True Value IROC finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, Aug. 3.
A little over two weeks ago, the 2000 IRL Champion, Lazier added his name to the record books by claiming victory at Chicagoland Speedway in round three of the four race series. Lazier, eager to get reacquainted with a stock car at Indy said, "It's only been a couple of weeks since we last raced in the IROC cars and we've had two races in the Indy cars since then, so it takes a few laps to get fine tuned back to a stock car."
Test drivers, Dave Marcis, Andy Hillenburg, Jim Sauter and Dick Trickle utilized Monday for initial shakedown runs on all the cars. The Tuesday morning session consisted of testing the chassis set-up, which continued into the afternoon while Lazier and Sharp took their initial practice laps.
Lazier logged a total of 63-laps in two different cars. "At this early stage the team is just playing around with different set-ups on different cars and then they'll choose one set-up to work with for the race, so it's good to try out a few different cars. It's been a lot of fun today, I've learned a lot."
Scott Sharp ran 43-laps in three different cars, he said, "The first car I was in I did 15-laps and it felt pretty good, but you're just getting used to the movement of the cars your first time out. The second car had a loose feel to it and the third car was more like the first one. Toward the end of the run the last car felt like it was getting tight. It's really a lot of fun and you just learn so much."
Indiana native, Andy Hillenburg has both, stock car and open-wheel experience and has a true appreciation for what he sees in the IRL participants. Hillenburg said, "It's really great to see these guys out here to practice this early in the week. Their efforts say a lot about how well they want to do here and hopefully, we'll see that come Saturday. Within three-laps they (Lazier and Sharp) were running the same lap times as all of us (test drivers), so they're adapting to the cars really well. The next step will be getting them out there in a pack of four cars to simulate race conditions. I think you'll see, as you have all year, a strong showing for the IRL drivers. This is a track where they could really shine."
True Value IROC testing will continue at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday with series driver Scott Sharp and Buddy Lazier returning for more practice.