Test drivers qorking it hard at Indy Indianapolis, IN (July 31, 2002) - Since Monday, True Value IROC test drivers, Dave Marcis, Jim Sauter, Dick Trickle, and Andy Hillenburg have been enduring the heat while working hard at getting the racecars...
Test drivers qorking it hard at Indy
Indianapolis, IN (July 31, 2002) - Since Monday, True Value IROC test drivers, Dave Marcis, Jim Sauter, Dick Trickle, and Andy Hillenburg have been enduring the heat while working hard at getting the racecars ready for the final race of the 2002 True Value IROC race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which takes place Saturday, August 3.
What they're saying about track conditions and setting up the racecars:
Marcis: "What we accomplished in our pre-testing was feeling really good on Monday, then we got some heavy rain, which changed the racetrack and we started adjusting for that. Then on Tuesday we started feeling the cars were too tight and realized our mistake of chasing the track conditions as a result of the rain. Wednesday, we went back to what we came here with and we're back to a good feeling racecar. Thursday we're going to run all the racecars again in the time frame of our race on Saturday (1:00 p.m.), which will finalize our setup. I really think we've got what we need in the cars to put on a good race. This setup has also increased the speed of the cars nearly a full second, just with the chassis setup."
Trickle: "What we always try to do is figure out how to get all the cars in the winner circle. Between the Winston Cup tests that went on here and us practicing here for a few days, there's been some rubber laid down, which has a tendency to tighten things up a bit, but we've made a minor adjustment for that and I think we've got a great base line to work with."
Sauter: We're much better this year than last year, by 30 or 40 percent, at least. We've got big sway bars in the cars now, which we needed. The cars lay flatter now getting into the corners, so it's much smoother now for the drivers. We've made a lot of gains.
Indy Racing League participants, Scott Sharp and Buddy Lazier returned for a second day of True Value IROC practice at Indy today. Test driver Dave Marcis said, "Scott was pretty happy with his car. He ran this morning and had to leave, but said he may or may not come back and we didn't see him, so I'd say he's pretty happy. Buddy Lazier is really happy. He was in all three-practice cars and he's working on his line. He went out with Dick and Jim, ran two abreast, they put him (Lazier) in between them and he did fine."
Buddy Lazier: "Today was a really good day. The track's getting some rubber down and has so much grip with these grooves. We obviously felt it in the Indy cars during the Indy 500 and I'm certainly feeling it in the IROC cars. The track is in great shape, super condition, lots of grip. For me, it just a matter of trying different cars and trying to get as comfortable as I can get. I'm still working on my line. I'm giving up a lot of speed in Turn-One. Turn-One is one of the hardest turns in all of racing, it's always very challenging. As for Turns-Two, Three and Four, I'm really comfortable and just enjoying my True Value IROC at Indy weekend. "
Note: Thursday, at 2:00 p.m., the Indy Racing League 1996 co-champion, Scott Sharp will draw car colors for the all-star line up. The blind draw will be taped for broadcast Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. EDT, on ESPN2, RPM 2Night.