Rain Curtains IRL Tests for Haudenschild, Hodnett FORT WORTH, TX (December 4) - Heavy overnight precipitation delayed Friday's sessions and limited Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series star Jac Haudenschild to only 44 laps in his Indy Racing...
Rain Curtains IRL Tests for Haudenschild, Hodnett
FORT WORTH, TX (December 4) - Heavy overnight precipitation delayed Friday's sessions and limited Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series star Jac Haudenschild to only 44 laps in his Indy Racing League test at Texas Motor Speedway Friday.
Haudenschild was limited to 44 laps as he tried to earn his IRL competition license. He turned a lap of 192.77 m.p.h. and almost completed his first test phase before the session ended. Fellow Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series racer Greg Hodnett was also scheduled to compete in the test, but the session ended before he was able to take any laps in the Pennzoil Panther Racing G Force machine usually driven by Scott Goodyear.
Even though Haudenschild didn't earn his IRL license, it was still a dream come true to drive an Indy Car.
"This is something I have been looking forward to for years," Jac said. "I have been really working on this for four years. I'm still pinching myself making myself believe it's true."
A trio of United States Auto Club short track stars earned their IRL competition licenses Thursday. Tony Elliott, Jay Drake and Ryan Newman passed all four phases of the IRL Rookie Test and earned the right to compete in 1999 IRL events.
A recent agreement between the Indy Racing League and the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series and USAC granting IRL rookie tests to the top drivers not already IRL-licensed gave the talented drivers the opportunity to tackle the 1.5-mile super speedway.
The IRL Rookie Test was supervised by Director of Racing Operations Brian Barnhart with Goodyear and three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford assisting in the driver evaluations. Four phases of the test were conducted with each rookie candidate with an ultimate speed limit of 210 m.p.h. imposed for the first session.
"The participants really impressed us with their ability to absorb everything about the Indy Racing League cars and produce solid laps in such a short time," Barnhart said. "Some of the future stars of the league were here and we are glad to be able to offer these drivers the opportunity to earn their licenses." WoO