LEBANON, Tenn., Friday, July 20, 2001 - Afternoon rains caused track conditions to change this afternoon resulting in slower speeds for teams competing at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend. Tomorrow night's Harrah's Indy 200 is the inaugural ...
LEBANON, Tenn., Friday, July 20, 2001 - Afternoon rains caused track conditions to change this afternoon resulting in slower speeds for teams competing at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend. Tomorrow night's Harrah's Indy 200 is the inaugural event for the Indy Racing Northern Light Series at the new 1.3-mile concrete oval.
Kelley Racing drivers are finding the concrete track to be more than challenging. Driver Mark Dismore was able to reach 200.209 mph earlier today, but only qualified at 199.239 mph due to the changes in weather throughout the day. He'll start in third position tomorrow making this his seventh Top-10 start for the season.
"We've really struggled this weekend to find the right setup for this track," said Dismore. "We were finally reaching decent speeds this afternoon during practice, but the rain came out and changed everything. It still looks like we had one of the better cars out there, so I think we'll be good for tomorrow's race."
Dismore drives the #28 Delphi Automotive Systems/Bryant Heating & Cooling Indy Racing car and disqualified any rumors that tires could be a problem this weekend.
"The Firestone tires are great," said Dismore. "Some teams tested here a couple of weeks ago and Firestone took the information and made a tire that works well on this track. So the tires really aren't an issue this weekend. The tire wear has been good and that'll still be the case tomorrow night." Dismore's teammate Scott Sharp qualified his #8 Delphi Automotive Systems at 197.503 mph (23.6958 sec) and will start inside Row 7.
"We're disappointed," said Sharp. "We've had a real tough weekend chasing the setup. For us, not testing here means we have to learn with every session and develop a baseline. We knew we weren't strong, but we still thought we'd be able to qualify around 7th or 8th position. The crew's making some major changes to the car right now so hopefully we'll get a good setup for the race tomorrow. It's all about who can make the best car for the long run."
Sharp is currently fifth in the 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series and plans to increase his chances of winning the championship with a strong finish tomorrow.
The Harrah's Indy 200 can be seen live on ESPN at 8 p.m. (EDT).