IRL: Tests for USAC stars to be rescheduled

SPARTA, Ky., Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000 - Cold and rainy conditions Nov. 9 forced the second postponement of the Indy Racing League rookie tests for USAC open-wheel standouts Tracy Hines, Derek Davidson and Kasey Kahne at Kentucky Speedway. The...

SPARTA, Ky., Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000 - Cold and rainy conditions Nov. 9 forced the second postponement of the Indy Racing League rookie tests for USAC open-wheel standouts Tracy Hines, Derek Davidson and Kasey Kahne at Kentucky Speedway.

The tests will be rescheduled, according to officials from Panther Racing, which conducts the test. The site and date have yet to be determined.

All three drivers were scheduled to start testing Nov. 8 in the Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone, but rain postponed the scheduled start until Nov. 9. Only Davidson and Kahne were scheduled to participate Nov. 9, as Hines left Kentucky to fulfill his commitment to drive in a lucrative sprint-car race in Perris, Calif.

The tests are part of a driver development program sponsored by Pennzoil and Panther Racing in which top USAC drivers are rewarded with Indy Racing rookie tests.

Hines, 28, from New Castle, Ind., clinched the USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series title by finishing second to Brian Tyler in the season-ending race Oct. 29 at Memphis, Tenn. Hines finished the season with 603 points while Dave Darland was second with 574.

Davidson, 28, from Lafayette, Ind., finished fifth in the final USAC Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series point standings this season. But three of the four drivers who finished ahead of him - Tony Elliott, Jay Drake, J.J. Yeley - already have passed their Indy Racing rookie test. Hines also finished ahead of Davidson.

Kahne, 20, from Enumclaw, Wash., has clinched the USAC MCI WorldCom Midget Car Series standings with 1,117 points with two races remaining.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , Jay Drake
Teams Panther Racing